Fitness Retreats

Vacations is a good excuse to lose yourself and enjoy. Some people who travel are food enthusiasts and would journey to different places to taste exotic food, some people visit a place to do interests such as diving, climbing, swimming, etc. Some just take advantage of the much needed free time to sit on a beach chair and tan. Some however, take it as an opportunity to work on their health and fitness.

Fitness retreats has been very popular these days because more and more people are health and body conscious. This is why there are retreats that focus on healthy activities such as learning yoga, pilates, meditation, kickboxing, healthy cooking, etc. These places are everywhere. Most packages for this kind of place includes accommodation, lessons, food, airport pick up, use of the facilities and more.

Countries that are popular for this types of retreats are Thailand, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Morocco, etc.



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Lose the weight naturally


Some people go to the extremes in order to lose weight. People spend money for liposuction, slimming pills, diet food, etc. If people are just aware that they can lose weight the natural way, then a lot will be able to save so much money and lose weight without putting themselves in danger.

Here are some of the best and most natural way to shed the excess pounds.

1. Eat raw tomatoes everyday in the morning for at least three months and you will see the results.

2. Eat at least a 10-12 curry leaves for a four month period. It helps break down food more easily.

3. Cabbage is a natural weight loss food, it doesn’t taste so much but it has the fewest calories in the vegetable family.

4. To control overeating, a lukewarm drink of boiled pieces of ginger with slices of lemon is very helpful.

5. Carrot juice is also helpful in fighting obesity.


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4 Minute Miracle Workout


Are you always saying that you want to incorporate exercise in your lifestyle but you just don’t have the time to go to the gym or run around the neighborhood? Well, that’s about to change after you read this article. All you need is 4 minutes of your time, at least 3 to 4 times a week. The name of this is the Tabata training routine. This is when you workout doing a really high intensity exercise for 20 seconds, then take a rest for 10 seconds. You do this over and over for 8 times which makes it a total of 4 minutes.

You will likely say how will this be effective? You should know that this routine is proven to have the same healthy effects of if you run around on the treadmill for 60 minutes. This exercise routine will help you lose weight and give you so much energy during your day. It is hard work, 4 minutes seem like it’s nothing, but high intensity interval workouts are so hard that it’s possible you see stars after the session.

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Looks Bad Taste Good – Exotic Foods To Try in Asia

What makes Asia a great travel destination for Australian who wants a getaway? There are so many reasons for me to mention. For me, Asia is a very special region, not just because of its diverse culture and traditions, but also because of galore exotic foods available. There are many weird foods around the world, and Asia probably has some of the weirdest, strangest, and most exotic of them all. Now to list all the unusual food found in this colorful region would be simply impossible, they are just too many. Nonetheless, let me share to you some of my most favorite exotic delicacies in Asia that can surely surprise and astonish you – because they definitely taste a lot better than they look. Read on

Tuna Eyes
Tuna eyes are usually found in Japan. They are price less than hundred dollars. One will say that tuna is just an ordinary fish creature, but once you learn more about this fish, you will surely get tantalized with its “yummyness”. The fatty, jelly-like tissues around the eyeballs, it is something that you should not miss trying out. It’s a popular local delicacy worth every bucks spend. Eat it raw or steam or fry it alongside garlic or soya sauce to spice it up. Mmm.. You would totally enjoy eating it.

Durians are available in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. This fruits is known as the “king of Fruits”. It has a bad odor yet it tastes so good. Because of the powerful odor that comes from it, some areas have even banned selling the fruit. Durian is worth a try, or least a sniff to experience the acquired taste.

Lamb’s Brains
Another well known exotic food is found in India called the Lamb’s brain. This dish is white in color (when cooked), tofu-like and often considered a considered a gourmet treat prepared with Indian roti and curry. You can enjoy lamb’s brain served in various concoction – fried with tomatoes, egg, masala or even plain.

Fried Insects
In Bangkok, a favorite snack that packs a satisfying crunch is a stick of fried bugs. Locusts, grasshoppers, cockroaches, ants, maggots and many others are available from Thai hawkers. Buyers can opt for a combo with extra spices, or even one that’s raw. Said to be high in protein, bugs were brought to the traffic-packed, hedonistic Thai capital by rural migrants from Thailand’s northeastern region. I’ve got the opportunity to taste this exotic food when I was in Thailand and learning Thai. It really taste good despite of its look.

Balut are native to Philippines. It’s a popular local dish throughout the country. Locals and tourist enjoy eating this half fertilized duck or chicken eggs boiled with its shell. It’s delicious and also healthy. It is known as a great source of protein and a good hearty snack. Most people will say that it tasted much better than it looks.

Gone are the days when raw fish was considered exotic. New exotic dishes had come up nowadays that would likely satisfy your taste buds adventure or lose your appetite. Whichever way it goes, sampling exotic foods most definitely broaden your culinary horizons and expand the way you think about food, and maybe even give you some ideas for making dinner at home. If you shy away from trying anything you worry you might not like, you eliminate the chance that you’ll discover something new that you absolutely love. So try Asian exotic foods in your next travel. Be careful in trying foods while traveling though. You might be allergic to that food or you can get stomachaches because of it. If that happens, it would be good to have travel insurance with you. Travel insurances cover medical emergencies that tasting food might bring to you. Learn more about travel insurances at Expedia. As for now, I’ll be researching more exotic foods in Asia and will add it up to my list to try when I go there.

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Shed Those Extra Pounds


Losing weight can be such a hard battle but the only way it will be a successful one is if you are set on being disciplined. There are a lot of sacrifices to make but if you are dedicated enough, then the benefits can last you a lifetime. The first thing to think of when trying to shed the extra pounds is setting a realistic weight loss goal. Do not make it too hard to achieve because it is easy to be disheartened. Also give yourself enough time. Do not rush it. It is naturally a slow process. Do not resort to taking slimming pills or other unnatural way to lose weight.

The process of trimming down is best done when you commit to having a healthier eating habits. Instead of going for that yummy fast food cheeseburger, why don’t you consider grabbing the salad and soup instead? Or better yet, have a new found relationship with your kitchen and make your own healthy meals. This way, you have control over how much salt or oil you use on a daily basis. Losing weight will also not be possible unless you get yourself moving. Move a lot! Make it a point to do physical activities at least three to four times a week.

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Benefits Of Yoga

Yoga has existed since the early 1500 BC. Contrary to what people think, it surely is not a fad. Sure, it is done by many now and is considered to be a healthy practice, but even before yoga centers existed, it has already been practiced by many as it is also Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. But why do people practice yoga? What are it’s benefits?

Yoga is great for mind, body and soul. It helps with a person’s outlook and attitude towards life. Study shows that a person who practices at least three times a week are actually happier. It calms the mind and so it releases stress. Another benefit of yoga is that it takes away the aches people feel in their back, neck and and legs. It is also proven that a regular yoga routine would help with better sleep pattern. Insomniacs fall asleep 15 minutes faster and slept an hour longer after two months of doing a 45-minute series of yoga poses daily before bed. It is also a confidence booster!

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Celebrity Weight Loss

A bit of weight gain can be hard specially for celebrities. They are the easy target on tabloids and talk shows when they turn “fat” This of course is the result of how the media portrays what a “beautiful” person should be. This year, there are some stars that have added some lbs which made them the talk of the town. Here’s a list of the most controversial weight gain and loss in Hollywood for 2012.

1. Jessica Simpson- The singer gained a lot of weight when she had her first pregnancy. She then joined Weight Watchers and has since lost 60 pounds and is now looking healthier than ever.

2. Seth Rogen- The comedian lost 30 pounds in nine months through working out with famous celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.

3. Hilary Duff- Famous singer/actress also had her first baby lost the weight by getting back to the gym twice a week and it has payed off since she is on her way back to her size 26 jeans.

4. Sara Rue-  The actress has battled with weight for a long time until she joined Jenny Craig weight loss program. She is now looking hot and has lost a total of 50 lbs.

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Myth or Fact: Weight not enough gauge for fitness


Fitness is usually equated with weight loss. The effectiveness of diet and exercise are measured with a weighing scale: a decrease in weight shows that your diet and exercise program is a success. But what if the scales show no changes, or worse, an increase in weight? Most people quit their programs. Some go to extremes like starving themselves, which doesn’t work. A change in exercise program might help.

You may also find other means to measure your improvement. The weighing scale is not enough. Burning your body fat gives way to leaner muscles, which may weigh more, meaning losing body fat does not necessarily translate to a decrease in weight. You may measure your body fat percentage, waist-to-hip ratio or your body mass index (BMI) for a more accurate assessment. Also, an improvement in blood pressure and cholesterol level, more stamina, regular bowel movement, a more restful sleep – these are some of the more important basis of good health that you should focus on.


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Kelly Osbourne


Kelly Osbourne’s new look is extremely impressive. From being that fat kid with famous parents to a stunning and physically fit woman. A few years back, she lost a total of sixty nine pounds when she joined the reality tv contest Dancing with the Stars. She has managed to keep her sexy figure since then and have been diligently exercising and eating healthy. Osbourne announced recently that she will be launching a new TV fitness competition to get the Brits in shape.  The segment will be part of the show Day Break. What the segment does is choose three overweight Brits, take them to Hollywood where Kelly will be waiting to take them to professionals that will help them lose weight the right way. Kelly admits that for her, food became an emotional comfort. It took her a long time to lose the extra pounds but after she got educated about how to have a healthier lifestyle, she stuck to it.

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Fighting Constipation with Posture, Not Food

We all know the old adage that what comes in must come out. But if you have constipation, it seems like your body is out to prove the saying wrong!

Most of the time, we attribute constipation to the food we eat. From everyone’s grannies to doctors, the advice remains the same when having this problem – eat more fibre rich food. While fibre rich food should indeed help with your bowel movement, makers of the Squatty Potty believe that you can avoid constipation by squatting down instead of sitting on the toilet bowl. They even cite medical case studies to prove their point!

So it seems that while we should watch what we eat if you don’t want to end up constipated, but we should also watch our posture as we do our daily job of keeping the toxins out in the toilet. As for other benefits of squatting instead of sitting? It should also help you with your haemorrhoid problems and even prevent other colon diseases.

Image via Squatty Potty

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