Natural Choices for Extreme Health and Fitness

Mother Nature is offering a bounty of healthy choices for those who are willing to become a little more adventurous in their normal daily regimens. Seriously, who would not want to become happier, healthier and more productive without having to invest a lot of money and effort? Here are a few of the best ways to boost your energy level and improve your physical appearance.

Mint (fresh from the garden)

Many people are now growing a variety of mint plants at home. These fragrant herbs can be used to add flavor to your favorite recipe but why not use the leaves for other purposes. Chew on a few mint leaves and add freshness to your breath.Brew a cup of flavorful mint tea and enjoy the relaxing calmness that this drink has to offer.

Those jangled nerves and high levels of daily stress will melt away as you sip the herbal tea.Crush a handful of mint leaves and then add them to some hot water. The crushed leaves will release their potent ingredients much faster. Allow the water to cool to room temperature and then use the liquid as a facial toner.

You will notice that your skin becomes radiant, smooth and soft after a mint-facial treatment. Regular use of this herbal preparation will rejuvenate a tired, dull complexion.

* As a change of pace why not alternate the types of mint that you are using. Lemon mint is an excellent choice for tea but it also makes a good facial astringent. Chocolate mint can create an herbal tea that will soothe and settle your digestive system. Spearmint and peppermint are wonderful when used to freshen the breath. Also try the leaves from apple mint, orange mint or pineapple mint plants.

Hydrate Naturally

Sure you can drink lots of water each day but there are better ways to keep your body hydrated. Snack on delicious fresh food that contain an abundance of water each day. If you are trying to improve health and fitness through regular exercise this will be an ideal method to stay hydrated.

Avoid Diet Sodas

Millions of individuals believe that diet drinks are healthier. This belief is based mainly on the fact that diet sodas contain few (if any) calories. Unfortunately these drinks also contain dangerous chemicals and preservatives that have a negative impact on your body systems. Substitute water for those diet sodas and brighten the taste by adding a splash of fresh citrus to your drink.

Oatmeal for Prettier Skin

Wash your face with oatmeal each day and you can slough off dead skin instantly. This is a remarkably effective and affordable facial treatment.
Just mix 4 tablespoons of regular oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of warmed water. Now add 2 teaspoons of honey to this mixture and stir them all together. Rub gently on your face, hands and arms. Rinse thoroughly and pat your skin dry.
The oatmeal serves as an exfoliating agent and the honey helps your skin retain natural moisture.

Explore Healthy Natural Options

Fresh herbs and garden fresh foods offer numerous replacements for those products that you have been purchasing at the store. If you begin growing some of these plants in your garden then you can enjoy the healthy benefits and save some serious money. Why not test a few of these suggestions for yourself during the next two weeks and discover the difference that positive health and fitness results can bring to your life?

Improve Your Home’s Value with a Home Gym

A big part of the home improvement space is increasing the value of your home. While there are tons of way to do this — mostly through costly renovation — we like to try and innovate around here with ideas. And one of those ideas is this: build yourself a home gym.

A home gym can be terrific for a number of reasons, if you’re a fitness person. One, it saves you an incredible amount of time from having to commute back and forth between your house and your regular gym. Two, it can be cost effective, as most gyms run at least $50/mo in membership fees. And three, as mentioned, it can greatly increase the re-sale value of your home should you decide to put it on the market.

One of our favorite pieces of home gym equipment is a recumbent bike. See theĀ Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike review here for even more detail. But in short, this bike allows you to get in some great cardio exercise, all in the comfort of your home, and even while you are watching TV. The 270 features:

  • a two-screen LCD window to keep track of all your progress
  • goal-tracking technology, which allows you to sync up with all your fitness goals, so you can see how you are improving
  • a whopping 29 different user settings, meaning that you should be able to find a resistance setting that fits your workout needs perfectly
  • a charging USB port for your phone, and data transfers

All this is featured in a well-built and designed frame, which should last you years.

We have one in our basement, and we love it. We know that when it comes time to sell, having a home gym will greatly improve our property value.

Source: Jane’s Best Fitness