Excess body fat is a key cause of chronic inflammation in the body. There are also several other common causes of inflammation that typically afflict people that are overweight, and it won’t surprise you that many of them stem from the underlying metabolic imbalances we have been discussing throughout this course. These include sleep deprivation, excessive or chronic stress, insulin resistance, gut imbalances and toxic burden. However, the largest (non‐fat) contributors to systemic inflammation in the body are the things most people put into their mouths every day.
EcoFriendly Alternatives to Commercial Cleaners and Other Household Products
Trying to rid yourself and your family is no easy task. Most everything around you has been synthesized, sprayed, enriched, hydrolyzed, flouridated… even going for a walk can prove to be toxic when you see those little tags at the corners of your neighbors’ lawns: “Stay off until…”
Good news is you can take charge in your own home and create a healthier, non-toxic environment there by making your own cleaning products.
Nothing can get a person out of their routine like travel. Whether it be for work, play or somewhere in-between, travel disrupts our normal schedule, which can make exercise and eating well a little more complicated.
Luckily, you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to exercise while traveling. In fact, everything you need is likely available to you wherever you are; you just have to be a bit more creative.
Exercises You Can Do While Traveling
When you are on the road, think about doing exercises that hit the big muscle groups in opposing directions – meaning you want to do pushing and pulling exercises for each of the main muscle groups in the upper and lower body.
This may look like doing push-ups and bent over rows for the upper body along with squats and/or lunges and reverse leg curls for the lower body along with core exercises. These exercises can be done almost anywhere while traveling and are a great way to stay in shape and reduce stress while you are away from home.
To make sure you have proper form and technique while doing these exercises, check out this series of videos:
They provide some great instruction on how to do the exercises listed above, and provide a progression you can follow as you get stronger.
You Don’t Have To Give Up Exercise While Traveling
Yes, traveling will disrupt your normal routine (unless your routine is traveling); however, this doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise and/or stay in shape while you are on the road. Use this series of exercise videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjO49h_5LZ70eFSAHPrtqkHwWRMMMa8le to help you keep active and fit while traveling and enjoy your time away from home.
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