Walk Yourself to Better Health.

Amazing fact: Every minute of walking you do extends your life by an extra 2 minutes! As we all know staying in shape and living healthy can lead to a happier, longer life. Running, jogging, and walking can all be very simple yet rewarding ways to get fit and feel better about yourself. As we age and understand our bodies better we learn it’s essential to pay attention to our health. Walking can greatly reduce your risks of illness and injury and also promote a healthier you.

Costly doctor’s visits and a life filled with sickness and injury can be the result of inactivity and overall neglect of your body and nobody wants to deal with those troubles in life. We all want a happy, long, enjoyable life and keeping yourself active can be a simple yet effective method. Here is a simple way to keep yourself in shape without ever paying another fee at the local gym for a membership. Always remember that staying in shape and living a healthy life is a decision you make for yourself and nobody but you can do it!

Walking…so rewarding, yet so simple and effective. Going for a daily walk can make a world of difference in your daily life and the way you feel. Keeping up with such a rewarding and enjoyable exercise seems simple enough and it truly is! Walking can be done as a means of social activity as well as getting yourself more fit. Walking can be something that does not seem like a true exercise in the sense of work and if done with your dog, or with your children or significant other, it can be quite enjoyable.

It’s been proven that walking just 20 minutes a day will burn a total of 7 pounds of fat a year. If you’re looking to exercise your heart and lungs remember that short, faster walks are more efficient for this and better suited for your body to convert the energy.  If you’re suffering from mood swings or general bad moods, walking has been proven to help elevate moods, and lift your self-esteem! All in all it’s a sure bet to say that you can truly be rewarded in remarkable ways by simply walking. Remember that heart disease, cancer, and even diabetes are all a significant lower risk to you if you walk just 20 minutes a day.

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Exploring Foreign Health Beliefs.

Just as grandmother’s remedy to sniffling and coughing, our foreign nations across the globe have some amazing practices and beliefs themselves when it comes to medicine and health. From African medicine men warding off the devil and witchcraft, to acupuncture being used in the Stone Age, you can be sure that throughout the ages humans have been coming up with some interesting ways to heal and protect themselves from harm. Let’s now tour the globe and familiarize ourselves with some foreign medical practices and beliefs.

Ancient Rome – Deriving their methods and knowledge from their conquered counterparts, the Roman’s had the most well developed and advanced medical system of the Ancient World. The Romans unlike today’s nations, believed that viruses and diseases were brought on by the anger of the gods. Today your most common answer to why someone has a health issue is an unhealthy lifestyle and in many cases this is true. The Romans were very sophisticated when it came to their medical practices and incorporated hospitals and many medicines into their society. The use of painkillers during operations and the use of skilled surgeons performing the operations created a much more stable environment for the injured than ever previously seen.

Ancient China – The Chinese have long understood the human body and have for many years been on the cutting edge of medicine. Going all the way back to 2700 BC, Shen Nung is known as the father of Chinese Medicine. Nung is unfortunately best known for his tasting of 365 herbs and dying of a toxic overdose. Shen who lived 5000 years ago and was The Chinese Emperor, was and still is the basis for Chinese pharmacology. The first known writings containing information about herbal medicine were the Oracle Bone Inscriptions. These Inscriptions contained records of medicines, treatment methods, and known illnesses of the time.

Mayan Civilization – The Mayans believed heavily in the forces of nature and the cosmos. They had an understanding that the forces around them controlled their sickness and health and they felt as though this force was above them in terms of their place on earth. Mayans connected the body and soul directly to the function of the heart and organs. They considered problems with well-being to influence ones inner health. They also believed that changes in the earth, including weather and seasons could affect a person’s health and mood. The first written inscription of Maya hieroglyphics is dated to 250bc, the Maya were an old and wise race of humans that were more spiritually involved you could say than many walking the earth today. This Ancient Civilization is highly noted for their spiritual and cosmic medicinal beliefs and will always be remembered for their passion for the unknown.

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