Why Jogging Is Still So Good For You

As a foodie, it is pretty obvious that we like to eat, however it can get your diet into trouble at times. While we love to indulge from time to time, it is important to lead a healthy and active lifestyle to counterbalance our efforts in the kitchen. This is why we decided to hit upon some exercise ideas, in particular jogging. We have been runners for years, and we even take our kids along with us. Let’s see what getting outside and moving can do for your body.

Millions of people around the world go jogging everyday for various reasons. Jogging can have a positive influence on a person’s overall fitness levels. While most people take up jogging to lose weight, some simply jog because they enjoy it but there are a lot of other benefits of running that aren’t always discussed.

It is good for the heart

There are reports floating around that jogging can cause heart attacks. These are unfounded according to most cardiologists and medical researchers. What studies have found about the impact of jogging on the heart is that it can actually reduce the risk of heart attack. Statistically speaking 5 out of 400,000 people who participate in marathons have had heart attacks and those 5 might not have had those attacks because of the physical exertion but merely because of some underlying cardiovascular condition they may not have been aware of hence the need to consult with a medical doctor when you decide to take on some sort of exercise.

Not only can jogging reduce the risk of heart disease but also strengthens the cardiovascular system, improving blood circulation and enabling your lungs to function as efficiently as possible. The British Heart foundation has also estimated that jogging can help curb 10,000 heart attack each year.

It strengthens bones

Jogging involves a high degree of impact on the joints. Your bones have to absorb five times the weight of your body with each stride. At the end of each long jog or marathon, a runner would have lost a centimeter of their length as a result of the repetitive pounding of muscle, tightening and compression of the vertebrae. This fact has been used to sell a lot of home exercise equipment that promises minimum impact on bones. According to the National Osteoporosis Society running is actually one of the best way to strengthen your bones. The shrinkage that occurs is only temporary.

Jogging makes the lungs work more efficiently

An average person’s lungs work unusually harder when they are jogging than when he or she is sedentary. The increased intake of oxygen gets the cardiovascular system working harder and with time, the system will get stronger and work more efficiently with the lungs. It might be hard at first to get the rhythm of running and breathing right but with time, it becomes effortless.

Burns calories

The most common reason for people to start jogging is because it’s the simplest cardiovascular exercise around. All you need is a pair of comfortable running shoes, comfortable sweats and a road to run on. Sometimes, it is not even a road but a track through the woods. Simply put, it’s the next progression that a person who needs to shed weighed can make from simply walking. Running at a pace of ten minutes per mile can burn an average of 4 calories per hour for every pound of your own body weight. This means you can burn 580 calories per hour. You cannot do this with walking, cycling or swimming.

You should, however, note that you lose a liter of fluids with every hour spent running so it is important to drink water and also important not to jump on that scale immediately after a run because you will get false results.

It increases your body’s metabolic rate

Research has found that the efficiency with which your body burns fat is significantly raised during a run. This metabolic rate continues to be elevated even after a run.

Involving the kids

From a young age we wanted our children to understand the virtues of exercise and fitness. We did not want them to grow up and be couch potatoes or be glued in front of a computer screen. We invested in a jogging stroller so that we could take them with us and get them out of the house. This had the added benefit of not having to find a sitter while we worked out. We love these pieces of equipment and highly recommend them to active parents. If this is something that you might be interested in using with your own children then we recommend reviewing the latest running stroller ratings to find something that you can afford. They can be quite pricey but they are worth every penny.

As our children grew, we started taking them on short runs and longer walks to spend time with them and to give them a proper example of staying active. Hopefully this is something that they take with them as they get older, but it has been a great bonding experience and a cool way to spend time together as a family.

Get Running

Overall jogging is more than just a means to lose weight but it has been known to be effective at boosting mental performance. Most people do not know that when they jog endorphins are released in the body. This is what causes that “good” feeling after a run. Regular jogging relives the body of stress. Jogging does more than help you lose weight, reduce your blood pressure or give you a momentary high – it can actually increase your lifespan. By making a simple commitment to jog for a few minutes or hours a day at a pace that is comfortable for you, you can change your life for the better.

The One Appliance That Can Spice Up Your Kitchen

Cooking ideas and appliances

If you are like me then you have one cabinet in your kitchen devoted to small appliances that you never use. I have been guilty too often of getting over excited about something, buying it, using it once, and then putting it away to collect dust. I am talking to you bread making machine. However, once in a while you do run across something that you actually enjoy using regularly and it becomes a mainstay on your countertop. My juicer turned out to be one of those gems and so did my new toaster oven.

I never really did all that much cooking because my full sized oven was something that I tried to steer clear of. It was big, I wasn’t too fond to try and clean it, and eating out was much more convenient. I started to look at my diet and wanted something that could help me change it for the better that wasn’t too much work. I knew that cooking for myself needed to become part of my routine so I started looking into getting a small oven for my kitchen that wasn’t so intimidating to use.

This turned out to be one of the best decisions that I made recently. I spend a lot more time in the kitchen and I am eating a lot better. If you are looking for ways to turn around your diet and explore new recipes then having one of these at your disposal can be a real game changer.


Believe it or not, toaster ovens can make more than just toast. If you have not looked closely at modern countertop ovens then you just might be surprised with everything they can do, especially those with convection cooking features. These are full fledged ovens. You can make just about anything that you can with a big oven, only quicker and more efficiently. Pot roast, full sized chicken, casseroles, baked and broiled ribs, meatloaf, fish, cookies, brownies, cakes, and a lot more. This are very robust cooking appliances even for a family of four.

You are really only limited by your imagination. Of course, something like a large turkey can only be prepared in a full sized oven, but that is just one of the few limits that you have. In the short time that I have had my Breville Smart Oven I have been able to create a number of full meals and side dishes that have surprised both me and my family. The overall versatility of these units is quite astounding and really gives you tremendous value for the money spent.

Healthy Cooking

There are many advantages of cooking for yourself, but one of the major positives is that you are in charge of all of the ingredients. You can really fine tune your recipes to make meals extremely healthy without sacrificing taste. I found that while I was eating a bit more than I usually would because of how much more I was cooking, I was able to lose weight because I was able to skip fats, oils, and ingredients that were not as healthy for me. If you are worried about what your family eats then this is going to be a huge bonus for you.

Savings All Around

Smaller toaster ovens are more energy efficient than that large oven you currently have in your kitchen. If you get one with a convection feature then your cooking times are going to reduced as well. This will give an opportunity to not only save money, but a fair amount of time as well. You will also spend less time having to clean a countertop oven. The benefits of owning one of these machines keep adding up the closer you look at what they can offer you.

Family Time In The Kitchen

One of the other added bonuses that I did not anticipate was how much more time our family spends together, especially in the kitchen. Cooking homemade meals has a way of really bringing everyone closer together. The kids help out and they get to create their own dishes and learn something about cooking for themselves that they can carry with them when they are older. This is perhaps the one thing that I love the most that I never thought about before I owned a toaster oven. It really has been a blessing in this regard.

Break Out The Credit Card

If this all sounds appealing to you and you now what to get one of these ovens for your own kitchen then you may want to know which ones are worth your money. Fortunately, toaster ovens are not all that expensive when compared to other small appliances. Sure there are some expensive options with high end ovens topping out around $270. There are however several good choices between $100 and $200. If you want a full featured small oven that can roast, bake, broil, toast, reheat, and have a convection cooking option, then you are going to probably spend between $200 and $250. There are a number of high quality toaster ovens available and you can check out the latest reviews here to see which one fits within your budget and has the features you need. It all depends on how much you are looking to spend and how much cooking you wish to do.

I cannot recommend getting yourself a toaster oven enough. As you can see, it can have quite a positive impact in so many different areas. It transformed the way that my family and I eat on a daily basis, and I am sure it can have the same impact for you.

Understanding The Basics Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is best defined as an anxiety disorder which compels people to engage in obsessive behavior that may interfere with their careers and social lives. Further complications can result either from the distractions caused by OCD’s symptoms or from the general distress that it causes to the sufferer.

It also affects a significant amount of people.  Obsessive compulsive disorder afflicts approximately 2.5% of the US population, which means that around 1 out of 40 Americans suffer from some variation of OCD. So although it may not be as prevalent as something people like to think, it is still a serious problem for a fair amount of the population.  Most sufferers of this condition develop symptoms before the age of 30, although it may develop at a later age.

Different Types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Behavior

OCD cases can be classified into different types based on the behavior being exhibited. Although there is some overlap between these these categories, each type of OCD has certain characteristics which are unique to it.

The first type of OCD deals with obsession that involves a harmful and often aggressive fixation on certain objects and subject. Obsession with religion and certain social activities are good examples of this.

The second type of OCD involves an obsession with symmetry, and is also often accompanied by repetitive behavior as well as a general compulsion towards arranging certain objects.
The third type of OCD involves a general paranoia over contamination, and is usually accompanied by an obsession with cleaning.

And finally, there is the type of OCD which involves hoarding, and is often accompanied by a general tendency to irrationally gather certain objects that attracts the sufferer’s attention.

The Symptoms of OCD

The thoughts and obsessions sparked by OCD can become uncontrollable, and in most cases, the person suffering from OCD will indulge his or her obsession even with the full knowledge that what he or she is doing is irrational. This is because the OCD is the result of repetitive behavior, one that the sufferer has probably engaged in for a very long time. Over time, this repetitive behavior leads to both conscious obsession and ritualization.

The compulsive side of OCD manifests itself through ritualistic behavior. They typically include excessive hand washing, nail biting, touching various random objects. It’s worth mentioning that compulsive behavior is often accompanied by conscious thought, and therefore, tends to require the focused desires and thoughts of the person suffering from OCD.

In contrast to this are habits, which occur with little conscious involvement from the sufferer. Related habits are therefore more routine in nature, and are rarely done in relation to any actual desire on the part of the sufferer. Moreover, habits are rarely complex activities, and unlike compulsive behavior, rarely cause stress. For those concerned about its symptoms you can review an OCD checklist to see if it applies to your current situation.

What Causes It?

While it’s difficult to pinpoint any specific cause for OCD, certain factors are believed to contribute to the problem. Genetics, chemical imbalance in the brain and childhood trauma are factors or potential factors that can play a role in the development of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

It’s worth pointing out, for example, that an imbalance of serotonin in the human brain can potentially increase a person’s chances of developing OCD. Likewise, traumatic childhood experiences, like being a victim of child abuse, can also contribute a person’s chances of developing OCD later on in life.

Treatment Options

After a proper diagnosis from a qualified mental health care professional, treating obsessive-compulsive disorder typically involves cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and various types of medication. However, considering how OCD symptoms manifest differently among different people, a certain degree of flexibility is also required in treating individual patients.

Most therapies for treating OCD involve exposure therapy and prevention of ritualistic behaviors. The goal is to get the patient to withdraw from compulsive behavior for long periods of time, until finally, he or she is able to overcome the problem.

As for medication, SSRI or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are often used to treat cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The purpose of these medications is to increase the amount of serotonin in the patient’s brain in order to help prevent the severity of the condition. Other types of medication may also be employed in order to help improve a patient’s responses to therapy, and to speed up the treatment.  ]

Some patients find relief in OCD support groups, where they can share their experiences with others that may be going through the exact same kind of ordeals.  Knowing that you are not alone can be extremely beneficial and may help with any sort of depression symptoms that may arise from having to deal with this disorder.  A patient with this condition should expect to treatment to be a long term part of their lives, however, given enough time and dedication treatment can help control or improve the most problematic parts of OCD and allow the patient to lead a productive life.

For further details on this disorder check out the very informative video below.