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5 Healthy Snack Recipes With Fruits

I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks. Honestly, healthy snacks that are quick to make are the priority because ironically I like to laze around eating said healthy snacks than spend time making them. Fruits are classic healthy snack options. If you are extremely lazy then you can have them as they come.

If you are anything like me, and like to pretend to have taken efforts while searching for ways to do things with minimal efforts whatsoever, then adding a little something to the fruits will make you feel like you have your life together. Take the basic fruit salad and add spices, take fruit pieces and dip them in chocolate, turn the fruits into smoothies, add anything that makes it tastier.

Here are some of my all-time favorites that are easy to make, tasty, and filling.

1. Chocolate Covered Fruits

Chocolate Covered Strawberries have always been my absolute favorite snacks. Why not take that further with more fruits. Select your favorite fruits and either dice them or add them to skewers. Dip them half way through in the chocolate or go all out, depending on what you prefer. Pop them in the freezer and once frozen you have delicious snacks ready.

This does not require much work, but the results are yummy. Remember to use dark chocolate, we are trying to make healthy snacks and the bitterness of dark chocolate compliments well with the sweetness of most fruits.

2. Yogurt Dipped Strawberries

Like chocolate dipped strawberries, yogurt dipped ones are a simple and easy treat. They are simple to make and high in nutrition level. All you have to do is dip the strawberries in yogurt and freeze it and you are good to go. You can add honey drizzle if you like to cut the plainness of yogurt.

3. Spicy Fruit Salad

Give the classic fruit salad a little punchy taste by adding spices. Adding spices enhances it from being a sweet snack option to something more. Add in some lemon juice and some chili powder. A little sprinkle does the trick. Adding salt and pepper is the classic and most basic option, a pinch of cinnamon can kick it up a notch.

4. Kiwi and Mango Salsa

A fruit salsa is right up there in taste level with spicy fruit salad. Combine kiwi and mango with bell pepper, avocado, red onion, and cilantro. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir everything and you are done. The preparation is the same as the spicy fruit salad, but with a slightly different result, Serve with chips or tortillas.

5. Mango and Avocado Salsa

This is the same as Kiwi and Mango Salsa, but I wanted to give it a special mention along with the earlier one. The preparation is the same. If you add Kiwi you get the earlier one but this is preferred by many of my friends and I prefer the earlier mentioned one. So, here are both the options for you.

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5 Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Let’s begin with discussing what hydrotherapy is and what it involves. Hydrotherapy was formerly called hydropathy and also called water cure. It is a part of alternative medicine, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy. Hydrotherapy involves the usage of water to soothe pain and achieve therapeutic benefit.

Hydrotherapy treatments include doing exercises in a hot sauna, water exercise, ice packs, cold and hot water treatment, water massage, and much more. Many studies and researches have highlighted the benefits of water therapy – which is why a lot of people are adapting to it as a form of relief for their pains.

Here are a few of the benefits of hydrotherapy among others:

1. Soothes People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Most people use it for their arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis patients benefit from this, especially when combined with sauna and water exercises. Why this works is that water therapy reduces joint inflammation by increasing blood circulation in the body. As a result, rheumatoid arthritis patients are made to undergo sea bath treatment to relax and decrease inflammation.

2. Lowers Blood Pressure

A hot sauna bath can result in lowering blood pressure – stemming from it – undergoing hydrotherapy treatment also comes with an added advantage of treating sore tissues, joints, and muscles in the body. Experts advise that the water temperature should not be more than 95 degrees – your love for hot water baths can actually help you.

3. Relieves Respiratory Problems

Patients suffering from respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and extreme cold get relaxation through hydrotherapy treatments. Having a relaxing hot tub session boosts the blood circulation in the body, as we talked about earlier, and enhances the white blood cells count. The increased count of white blood cells in the body heals respiratory problems, providing relief to the patients.

4. Boosts Immune System

It’s not about only using the benefits of cold water or hot water – hydrotherapy treatments particularly refer to the application of hot and cold water for a long-term benefit to the human immune system. It is majorly involved in removing the toxins and strengthening the immune system and also heals the body tissues at a high rate while promoting the circulation of blood cells in the body.

5. Heals Muscle Injuries

Have you ever soaked your foot in warm water after a tiring day? If yes, then you know the relaxation your muscles feel. By decreasing muscle fatigue, hydrotherapy shows positive results in improving muscle strength. The healing of injured or stiff tissues is promoted by the increased blood circulation in the body and it also alleviates the joint pain. 

Final Thoughts

Although hydrotherapy or water therapy is an age-old method, it has recently been gaining more popularity. Hydrotherapy also has other benefits including better hair growth and glowing skin. There are different types of hydrotherapy that focus on different issues.

If you have been suffering from any kind of muscle or joint pain, trying out hydrotherapy is likely to prove beneficial. Other than that, you can always consult with your doctor regarding any kind of problems you have and how you can get relief from them.

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Fitness Benefits of Kickboxing

Kickboxing is one of the most core engaging forms of exercise. Nor only does it give your body good exercise, it is also a great tool when it comes to self-defence. Talk about something tackling more than one of our needs. Kickboxing is a practice that I have always advised people to take up, and even my basic daily exercising has some elements of it incorporated in the routine.

A high-energy kickboxing workout can get all the parts of your body well trained. My kickboxing workout regime is similar to most routines that include kickboxing. The focus is on combining martial arts techniques with great heart-pumping cardio. Which is why it is also very beneficial for people wanting to shed some pounds. Mostly the core kickboxing workout routine is suggested once per week, but I have learnt to enjoy a tiny amount of it incorporated in my daily routine as well.

Kickboxing is also said to reduce stress and boost confidence levels. You release endorphins and that helps boost your mood and also helps you feel more confident. Which is why after a good kickboxing workout, you feel happy and positive. Because you are punching and kicking, it is a great way to release stress, not only mental but also physical.

It is seen as a bit of a aggressive release, but I might have imagined the punching bag as my problems and worked away at it at more than one occasions. The kicking and punching help you engage several of your core muscle groups that help your body get a complete workout, hence also loosening up your body of stress.

You know that it is a high-energy cardio routine, which is why you will see a rise in your energy levels as time progresses. You will be breathing hard during your workout, and also sweating out toxins – all this not only helps elevate mood but also helps your body energize.

The movements in the exercise are all in quick successions, which helps you better your reflexes and coordination skills. It also helps you focus more because you have to pay attention as to what your next move is going to be. It can be better if you practice it with someone. With reflexes and coordination, it also helps you improve your posture.

Most of our jobs include typing away at computers, being at a desk – not being much active in general. Your muscles start tightening up and your posture becomes poor. Because kickboxing engages a lot of your muscle groups, it helps you improve your posture.

It is also great for weight loss. Your core muscles are targeted, that means your waist and abs get a total workout because you need to develop more balance in your body. This helps shed fat around your middle, which is a problem area for many. It is said that one hour of kickboxing can help you burn around 800 calories.

Kickboxing is a great exercise regime to follow to get your body in shape, increase your core strength, and reach your fitness goals.

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5 Sports that Help You Lose Weight

Playing sports is a great way to hit many birds with one stone. It helps you stay fit, increases stamina and flexibility, helps you lose weight, and also helps you have fun. Different sports teams that I have been in have given me a chance to meet so many people with the same interests as me. It also works as a motivation to do more in the sport you are partaking in.

1. Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art form that is said to have many benefits for your body. It involves dynamic punching and kicking drills along with blocks, core-strengthening exercises, and stretches.

Because there is a lot of physical activity involved, it helps you build stamina and core strength, it improves muscle tone and appearance, and also improves overall flexibility of your body. Going through a rigorous training also increases your heart rate and helps you lose weight. Taekwondo for an hour can help you burn more than 900 calories.

2. Kickboxing

Kickboxing like Taekwondo is a form of martial arts. It is mostly learned as a self-defense technique. It focuses on your core while also focusing on your arms, shoulders, legs, and glutes. It engages your entire body in exercise and also helps increase stamina. It is also a great cardio workout and will also help you lose weight and tone your body. An hour of kickboxing can help you burn more than 770 calories.

3. Swimming

Swimming helps tone your muscles, build stamina, and increase core strength. A few laps can usually make a huge difference in your overall fitness level as well help you lose a considerable amount of weight. An hour of swimming can help you burn more than 880 calories.

4. Running

Running is one of the common forms of exercises that people take up whenever it comes to losing weight. Reason for it is quite simple, you don’t usually need special equipment or place to run. You just need shoes and you are good to go. It helps strengthen your body muscles and also increases your stamina. You work up quite a sweat and it helps you burn calories. An hour of running can help you burn more than 700 calories.

5. Cycling

Cycling is another one of the popular sports taken up by majority of people to lose weight. It is also used to rope in some great cardiovascular exercise. You should try substituting your transport for cycling, because it will help you get in exercise while also helping you reach from point A to point B, and is also environment friendly. An hour of cycling can help you burn more than 500

I would suggest joining local groups so that these also become a time for you to socialize and enjoy yourself, while you also work on yourself. Having people around also helps you keep going. You won’t give up as early as you would if you do it alone and face difficulty.