Healthy Ideas To Celebrate Earth Day
By KAREN JASHINSKY
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 is Earth Day. Here are some ideas for celebrating the planet:
Here are some of great outdoor activities that don't require too much planning:
- Take a Hike: Hiking combines the benefits of a treadmill and stair climber into one. You can intensify the hike with a jog or a harder trail if it seems easy. Follow me this spring as I start training for my hike up Mt. Whitney.
- Do Yoga: Although yoga is generally done inside a studio, it can be even more enjoyable outdoors. There is an unlimited amount of space for one to breath, sigh, or even scream outside. Practicing yoga in a completely natural environment can lead to higher levels of relaxation compared to a class inside a studio.
- Go Swimming: Whether in a lake, ocean or pool, provides a near full-body workout, something that's rare indoors. Swimming is a great all around exercise that provides whole body cardio and strength training. Go out and swim a set number of laps in a certain amount of time, and it will push you to greater heights.
Feast on Earth's Delights
Earth Day can also be enjoyed by savoring some of Earth's natural foods:
- Veggies: They are all great, but in my opinion, the Brassica vegetable family contains the real rock stars! Cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale help reduce the risk of cancer and help fight off damaging chemicals.
- Fruits: An apple contains 5 grams of fiber and rich blend of nutrients including bone building vitamin K and anti-inflammatory nutrient quercetin. Plus, there’s no better way to control your appetite than an apple eaten about 30 minutes before a meal.
- Fish: Fish could be considered the ultimate anti-aging food. Cold-water fatty fish like wild salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring contain omega-3 fats that protect the brain and heart, improve mood, and lower blood pressure and triglycerides.
- Raw, organic milk: When you buy raw organic milk, it nearly always comes from grass-fed cows. It contains high levels of cancer-fighting CLA (conjugated linolenic acid) as well as a rich assortment of vitamins, minerals and beneficial bacteria (like Lactobacillus acidophilus).
- Meat from grass-fed cows: This meat has a much different fat profile than ordinary supermarket meat. It is high in omega-3s, lower in potentially harmful omega-6s and loaded with CLA, a kind of fat known for its anti-cancer activity. A superb source of protein and vitamin B12, grass-fed meat is also missing the antibiotics, steroids and hormones found in the meat that comes from feedlot farms.
- Nuts: Almonds are a great snack to have on you at all times. Research consistently shows that nut eaters have lower rates of heart disease.
- Beans: A great protein source that is loaded with high fiber, beans are a part of the diet of people from almost every corner of the globe.
- Eggs: Egg yolks contain choline, one of the most important nutrients for the brain.
- Green tea: While all teas are good for you, green tea may help prevent bladder, colon, esophagus, pancreas, rectum and stomach cancers. It contains a unique profile of plant chemicals that have anti-cancer activity. If that’s not enough, it also appears to help with weight control.
Readers — What is your favorite way to celebrate Earth Day? Do you try to “celebrate” the Earth every day? What are some tips and tricks to living a greener life? Leave a comment below and let us know!
Karen Jashinsky is a personal trainer and the founder and Chief Fitness Officer of O2 MAX, a revolutionary fitness solution that combines online tools, social media, and real world workouts to provide an adaptable and personalized fitness regimen for students and busy people.