Lower temperatures are on their way-but becoming a couch potatoe for six months will pack on pounds. So keep these in mind:
Shoveling your driveway*: 430 Calories burned
Stacking firewood*: 358 Calories burned
Building a snowman*: 286 Calories burned
Downhill skiing**: 215 Calories burned
Ice skating with your kids: 215 Calories burned
Setting up tree-then decorating it: 164 Calories burned
Walking in a winter wonderland (3 mph)**: 118 Calories burned
Wrapping presents: 107 Calories burned
*For one hour, calories based on a 150 pound woman. **For 30 minutes.
Source: American College of Sports Medicine Compendium of Physical Activities
First let's go through the upside of tanning. Exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage your skin and that damage prematurely ages your skin and can even cause cancer. As a defense your skin has a built in safety mechanism called melanin, which gives your skin a darker pigment or tan. This change not only looks good but it will help keep your skin healthy and protected. This pigmentation absorbs ultraviolet light and protects it from serious burns!
Being tan makes the body appear leaner and healthier. In the fitness industry we have a saying that is pretty funny, "tan fat looks better than pale fat!". This better appearance can improve your self image and feeling of well-being. Basically, the better you look the better you feel.
Finally, sunlight has proven to affect over one hundred of the body’s function. Exposure to light has proven to lower the resting heart rate and blood pressure. It also lowers cholesterol because the body uses the liver’s cholesterol as raw material to produce vitamin D. Sunlight reduces stress and can help the immune system, as well as increase the skin’s resistance to infections. With exercise, sunlight has many beneficial results, as it heightens physical performance. Sunlight can increase cardiac output, as well as increase energy, endurance, and muscular strength. Lastly, it is proven that “sunlight stimulates the thyroid gland, which boosts your metabolism.”
The downside now. Skin cancer folks. Too much exposure to sun will ultimately cause irreversible damage. Those damaged cells can decide to reproduce and cause skin cancer. Although skin cancer is one of the better cancers to get it can still be fatal and will absolutely leave ugly scars when you have those cancer cells cut away.
Also, prolonged exposure and over-exposure to ultraviolet rays, even when you don't burn, will cause your skin to age and wrinkle.
If you think that tanning may be for you then take a few precautions.
- Use the right lotion for tanning. The right lotions can enhance the effects without increasing the exposure. They can also protect you from getting burned.
- Use a post tan cream or lotion. Tanning does dehydrate your skin so to rehydrate it ASAP is a good idea for your skins health.
- Always wear eye protection. Ultraviolet light is very damaging to your eyes as they are even more sensitive than your skin!
- Be smart. Do not tan as if you want a deep tan starting tomorrow. Tan slowly over-time. Most tanning salons offer discounted monthly memberships now so take your time and enjoy the experience.
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Contrary to what Baby Einstein may tell you research now tells us that kid time in front of electronic media is counter productive! Here are some amazing facts that you need to understand to be the best parent possible:
- The average Amercian watches nearly 5 hours of TV per day
- More than half of American children have a television in their bedroom; one study put the number at 70 percent
- Twice as many adolescents with a television in their bedroom watch more than five hours of TV a day compared with youths without a TV in their bedroom
- 90 percent of American toddlers, under the age of 2, watch TV, videos and DVD's regularly
- About 40 percent of babies, under 3 months of age, watch TV, videos and DVD's regularly
- Based on a 2007 survey of families in two states, kids at 3 months watched less than an hour of TV daily, and that viewing time climbed to 90 minutes as children reached the toddler stage
"… [T]he scientists found that for every hour per day spent watching specially developed baby DVDs and videos such as Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby, children under 16 months understood an average of six to eight fewer words than children who did not watch them.
One of the authors stated," The evidence is mounting that they are of no value and may in fact be harmful.
Given what we now know, I believe the onus is on the manufacturers to prove their claims that watching these programs can positively impact children's cognitive development. The bottom line is the more a child watches baby DVDs and videos the bigger the effect. The amount of viewing does matter."
Finally, it is important to note, and this is the part that really caught my attention, that adding extra exercise or physical activity will not counteract the negative effects of the electronic media time! Nothing but shortening the amount of time in front of the the TV will help solve this issue.
As a long time trainer and parent of 3 I would love to say that my kids never watch TV and I have them doing push-ups and crunches when they get bored, but that just isn't the case. Sometimes parents need a break where they just lower their engagement with the kiddies, and believe me when I tell you that I get that! Here is what we have done to try and tune out the TV as much as possible and you should try them too.
- Cancel the cable. I know that this sounds extreme for those addicted to Sports Center but not having something easily available makes it soooooo much harder to use. My wife and I have had nothing but rabbit ears for TV for about 8 years now, and I do not regret it one bit.
- Time the TV time. You now know that the amount of TV a kid watches has a direct relation on their health, so take control of that time. Use that old school egg timer or even the oven timer and let them watch TV in 20 minute intervals only.
- Make them earn it. If your kids really need some TV time (and maybe you need them to be silent for a few minutes too...) then use 20 minutes of TV as a reward for cleaning the living room or taking out the trash, or playing outside. TV does not have to be an automatic, people survived without it for thousands of years.
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Here are the links to the articles where I got my info