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THE BENEFITS OF WALKING

Did you know that you can improve your health simply by going for a walk? Inactivity is one of the biggest health threats to our society today. A simple way to combat this is simply to put one foot in front of the other and go for a walk. The benefits of walking is amazing, and this is what I want to share with you today!

 

Walking is such a simple thing, yet so effective when it comes to improving your overall health. I’ve previously written a blogpost about that ‘Sitting is the new smoking’, which you can read right here, which is all about how we in today’s society are way too inactive and spend too much time sitting, which is actually really harmful for our health.

And a way to combat sitting and being inactive – is simply, to go for a walk. Walking can actually help cleanse the lymphatic system – which is a system that helps to purify bodily fluids and improve your overall health. This system does not have a pump, and it is therefore necessary for the individual to maintain a regular amount of activity that will help move the lymph and cleanse the system. You can cleanse this system simply by engaging in 20-30 minutes walking – preferably outside in nature, since there is also a lot of benefits with being outside in nature; you get fresh air, you get some natural sunlight and just the visual of nature can be an instant mood lifter!

The Benefits of Walking

  • It boosts the immune function
  • It helps combat sugar cravings
  • It reduces risk of developing breast cancer
  • It can lower risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes
  • It strengthens your bones and muscles
  • It lifts your mood by releasing endorphins (the happy-hormone!)
  • It reduces the risk of depression and fatigue
  • It improves your posture
  • It can increase your creativity
  • It can improve your memory
  • It cleanses your lymphatic system

 

But, if walking doesn’t  sound like the funniest thing for you, then here is a few suggestions for how to spice it up and how to make walking a bit more fun! 

How to make walking more fun

  • Listen to a podcast or some good music while walking (my absolute favourite podcasts at the moment is The Food Medic, Martiny Podcast and Awaken Radio)
  • Go for a walk along with a friend and talk
  • Go outside in nature, in the forest or along the beach and enjoy the beautiful nature and fresh air
  • Drive to a beautiful place where you haven’t been before and go for a long walk, fx Møns Klint (I was there recently with my family and it was such a beautiful place)
  • You can also choose to make a little competition with your friends, children or whoever, about who can pick up most trash while going for a walk. A fun little game and such a nice little thing to do to keep the nature clean

How to sneak in more walking in your everyday life?

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator to your work
  • Choose to walk instead of taking the bike or the car to the grocery store
  • Go for a walk with a friend instead of sitting down at a café. You can just bring your own to-go cups with you and either make your own coffee, tea or whatever, or you can ask to get your cup filled at a café

So, don’t you just feel like going for a walk right now? Or maybe you can suggest to your friend that the next time you are going to meet up that you can go for a walk instead of sitting at a café.

Read also: Healthy Lifestyle Tips

 

References

5 Surprising Benefits of Walking

Benefits of Walking 

The # 1 Best Way to Cleanse the Lymphatic System 

Why Walking is the most Underrated form of Exercise 

The Importance of Walking to Public Health

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THE 3 AYURVEDIC DOSHAS

In ayurveda there is 3 different doshas, or constellation types. We all have each of these doshas in us, but we tend to have one or two more dominant doshas. Based on these doshas you can find out what brings you out of balance, and what brings you into balance and what makes you the best version of yourself. If you have no idea what ayurveda is, then I have written a little blogpost about ayurveda in general here, but today I want to write a bit about the 3 different doshas.

The 3 different doshas are vata, kapha and pitta. Below you will find some descriptions about the characteristics for each type and what brings them out of balance and what brings them into balance. You can take ayurveda tests several places online or in books, or you might even be able to see which one is your primary one simply based on the descriptions below.

 

Picture source: Raw Ayurveda

 

Vata – space and air

  • Characteristics: typical slim, small persons. Easy to see bones. Tendency to dry skin. Often have cold hands and feet, speaks fast and sleeps very lightly.
  • Vata in balance: imaginative, enthusiastic, flexible, generous, easily gets friends, ready, happy, creative, good communicator, light body, does not care about routines, ordinary and predictable ways. Learns quickly, loving. Because vata is very cold, light and dry it needs warm, stability and routines.
  • Vata in imbalance: easily gets out of balance during the winter and the cold months, and by stress, hard exercising or too much activity, travelling and instability. Easily gets constipated, shakes easily, easily looses appetite, sleepless, gets anxious, have a hard time making decisions and standing by them, feeling divided, dry skin, cannot stay still, worries a lot, anxious, indecisive, unfocused, do things fast, forgets to eat, gets overwhelmed by too much at once.

 

Kapha – Water and Earth

  • Characteristics: Often big and strong.  Skin is clear and eyes are moisture and beautiful. Hair is typically thick, shiny and waved. Strong appetite, good immune system, moves slowly and calmly, loves to sleep for a long time and deep.
  • Kapha in balance: calm, stable, romantic, grounding, a good support for many people, easy to be in company with, satisfied, generous, loyal, faithful, good health, likes cakes, full of love and compassion, happy for routines, empathic, good memory, loves to eat, sit, relax, sleep, easily gains weight, healthy body, strong teeth, thick hair,
  • Kapha in imbalance: very lazy, depressive, greedy, turns inward, lung issues, slow, sleeps more than  hours per night, feels heavy in body and mind, does not take initiatives, passive, lies on the couch, eats comfort foods, easily gains weight, jealous.

 

Pitta – Fire and Water

  • Characteristics: medium building, is often strong and well proportioned. Have a sensitive skin, a good glow, glittering eyes with a sharp look. Hair is soft and thin. A pitta is warm and soft to touch, they speak sharp and precise.
  • Pitta in balance: have lots of fire and energy inside, a big drive, is ambitious, competitive, leader, ask many questions, interpretive, reflective, energetic, intelligent, sharp focus, organised, impatient, warm, adaptable, strong appetit and thirst, disciplined, principle, perfectionist, independent, strong body, charismatic, passionated, good at businesses, healthy and strong appetit.
  • Pitta in imbalance: impatient, frustrated, highly competitive, arrogant, judgemental, critical, angry, aggressive, burns out quickly, gets inflammations, gets skin rashes, looses hair early, high blood pressure, cynical, needs to cool down, feels exhausted, works too much, is a control freak, diarrhea, stomach problems.

 

Once you know which dosha is your primary, you can also learn how to bring it into balance by learning about what foods are good for you, what kind of exercises are good for you, which routines etc.

I can tell you that I’m without a doubt a primary vata, I’m slim, have a tendency to get easily cold, gets easily stressed out if I have too many things going on, love warm food and drinks and I have tons of ideas,  but sometimes have a hard time sticking to routines – a typical vata. Some of the things I’ve learned through learning about ayurveda is what I can do to get more into balance. I can eat warm, grounding food, remember to relax and slow down and try to stick to some routines.

Ayurveda is a very ancient philosophy which goes hands in hand with yoga and really looks at how you can prevent diseases, illnesses etc. rather than fighting them once they are there.

 

I’m interested to hear – what is your dosha type? Can you identify yourself based on these descriptions? Or have you taken a test?

 

If you want to learn more about ayurveda and doshas, then I can recommend these sources, which is also where I’ve found information for this post from

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WHAT A LADY-COMP IS AND HOW TO USE IT

What is a Lady-comp?

A Lady-Comp is basically a little computer with a thermometer that tells you whether you can have unprotected sex without getting pregnant, or not. It is a natural alternative to the birth control pill or any other hormonal disturbing you can use to prevent getting pregnant. With this computer, you still need to use condoms (or pessars) if you want to have sex on the risky days (yellow/red). And this device only works if you are in a committed relationship with a stable partner, since it of course do not protect against sex diseases.

A Lady-Comp works by measuring your body temperature every day, and keeping track on when you have your menstruation and thereby works out when you are and when you are not fertile, and if it is safe to have sex without protection or not. If you want to learn more about this method, I can recommend you to read the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility*.

*this method only works if you have a relatively stable menstruation cycle, and it does not protect against sexual diseases and should only be used if you are in a committed relationship. 

 

How to use it?

You take your temperature each morning around the same time, as the first thing you do, without even getting out of your bed. This takes about 60 seconds, and then you also plot in whether or not you have your menstruation, and then the Lady-Comp will show you red/yellow or a green symbol. Red means that you are fertile and have a high risk of getting pregnant if you have sex that day. Yellow means there is still a risk, but not as high – if you want to be completely safe from not getting pregnant, you should use protection (fx condoms or pessar) during these days. And green means that you are safe to have sex.

How I use it?

I both use the Lady-comp, but also keep track of my menstruation and my overall cycle with the apps Clue and MyFLO.
It’s really interesting to get to know your body and your cycle and figure out how you are during the different times of the month, I can highly recommend it.

 

Pros

– you don’t have to fill yourself with hormone disturbing pills or anything, it is completely natural!
– it is very easy to use once you learn it
– you’ll learn more about your body and your body’s temperature and how it changes during your cycle
– you can use it both if you don’t want to get pregnant, or if you want to (then you gotta go after those red days)

 

Cons

– the computer alarm is very noisy/loud when it rings and you can’t change the volume, or the sound
– you do have to take your temperature at the same time everyday, but you can, of course, just quickly wake up and take your temperature and then go back to sleep again if you want to
– as mentioned before, it does of course not protect against any sexual diseases, so it works best if you are in a stable relationship
– it is very expensive

All in all I’m very happy with it, and I think it was a good investment.

 

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