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Walking has so many benefits. It’s good for physical health, but it also is good for emotional and mental health. It can be done with very little cost and in so many different ways. Walking with a partner is a good way to help each other keep to the routine. Families walking together regularly will making habits that will last, and can even become a family tradition.
The CDC says,
Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.
The physical benefits can include weight loss, and an increase in stamina and muscle endurance. You can help your weight loss efforts by taking an exercise bar about 30 – 45 minutes before you walk. I use one that jump starts my body’s fat burning process and helps me get through my 45 minute walks.
Build up your walking routine slowly. If you overdo it, it can result in sore muscles or even shin splints. Always do warm up exercises and cool down exercises, stretching your muscles slowly and carefully.
If you do over-work your muscles, use a good muscle cream to help sooth sore muscles and for deep, soothing pain relief. I use a good one that contains camphor, menthol, methol salicylate and melaleuca oil.
If the weather doesn’t allow you to walk outside, go to a mall.
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The US National Library of Medicine says:
Phthalates are used in cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers. They are used in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, vinyl miniblinds, food packaging, and plastic wrap.
Phthalates are also used in wood finishes, detergents, adhesives, plastic plumbing pipes, lubricants, medical tubing and fluid bags, solvents, insecticides, medical devices, building materials, and vinyl flooring.”
They’re everywhere. So?
Chemicals are all around us. We can’t escape them. We can, however, limit our exposure to them. That should be of concern to us because harmful chemicals can disrupt the way our bodies work and cause us to have health problems. For instance, phthalates, according to the NIH, “are suspected to be endocrine disruptors.”
What that means in a nutshell, is that they “… may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system.” The human endocrine system controls many body functions, which include hormone production, pancreas, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and male and female reproductive glands.
You can try to reduce the amount of phthalates you are exposed to. The way I see it, putting something directly on my skin or in my hair, (cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish, and skin moisturizers) that contain phthalates just doesn’t makes sense.
Washing my clothes and dishes in detergents that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense. Cleaning my house with products that contain phthalates doesn’t make sense.
I ask myself why I would do that when I know I can purchase high quality, economical products, WITHOUT phthalates. We can’t completely eliminate phthalates from our environment, but we can greatly reduce the amount of phthalates we are in direct contact with. Therefore I use products that are free from chemicals, including phthalates. If you would like to learn about the products I use, contact me (Martha) at 505-750-7857 or email@example.com.
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