Posted on Leave a comment

COVID 19 Interruptions and Excercise

exercise Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

As we often state, we believe exercise to be one of the 3 pillars of overall health. The other pillars being health (whether or not one is disease free) and diet. So, when the pandemic hit we were in our exercise grove. We felt great and exercise was contributing to our overall health. Then as we all know the pandemic hit. When the pandemic hit many things shut down and the world was forever changed. In Norfolk, VA, USA where we are, many things reopened a few months ago. But, like many others we were slow to venture out and have remained home as much as we can. Many people pivoted and simply exercised at home. Those people, organizations and companies who pivoted and pivoted fast and early were indeed smart. We wish them well as we wish everyone around the globe dealing with COVID 19 well.

We interrupted our exercising and did not exercise at home. However, we did change up our medicinal consumption. Before we were close to the path of healing but something was missing. Now that we have pivoted our medicinal consumption we feel that we are on the right track to healing. Stay tuned for updates on how the healing process progresses for us. We also made some simple changes in our diet based on our overall medical consumption strategy. We are also super happy to be back at the gym and implementing, what we feel is one of the pillars of good overall health, an exercise plan. We are back and with a partner. We both played sports, so we are excited to be exercising and getting physical again.

Despite the interruptions that COVID 19 have caused, not to mention the many illnesses and deaths, we are back stronger and healthier than ever. Did COVID 19 cause you to pivot your daily routines? What do you do at home now or in a different space than you did before COVID 19? What routines are you getting back into? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

If these articles have been helpful to you and yours, give a donation to Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook Ezine today.

Posted on Leave a comment

COVID 19 and Venturing Out

exercise Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Indeed COVID 19 made the world stand still in many respects. Many states and many countries started opening back up again a few months ago. The United States was among many. Unlike many other ‘developed’ nations the United States remains the leader in COVID 19 cases. We would like to think of ourselves as global leaders, however, this is not quit what was meant by that. Some were eager to re open as closing contributed to the economic hardship of many and caused several businesses large and small to close their doors for good. Nonetheless, venturing out has not been easy as states all over, such as Florida, continue to struggle with spikes in COVID 19 cases. Many states as Governor Northam said, were left to fight a biological war by themselves. Indeed, states were left without a true and clear national COVID 19 plan.

For the most part, we stay home as much as we can. We wear our masks and practice social distancing among other precautions. We have begun to venture out slowly to some of our old routines. In the spirit of good health: the gym is one of them. We first visited our old gym, re toured the facility, and reviewed their COVID 19 health measures. We mapped out our return and exercise plan. After asking a few follow up questions and getting a lay of the ‘new’ land so to speak we started back our old exercise regimen and have begun to work on our physical fitness again: what we believe is one of the 3 pillars of overall health (exercise, health (being disease free) and diet.

Have you begin to venture out? What do you do to stay safe from COVID 19? Will you take the vaccine when it comes out? Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

If these articles have been helpful to you and yours, give a donation to Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook Ezine today.

Posted on Leave a comment

Work Out!

Diet & Health Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Within our articles we focus tremendously on health and how your diet contributes to health. As many of us know Luther Vandeross struggled for many years with his weight. You will find that many healthy people are very lean and fit, similar to Barack Obama’s build. It wasn’t until Luther began to incorporate exercise with diet that he began to not only lose weight, but he kept it off and felt great about it. While we are not here to necessarily help anyone lose weight, we do hope that a proper diet will promote your good health. Furthermore, we believe you’re your overall health is enhanced when you incorporate regular exercise in your regular habits.

So, we thought we would be remiss not to mention exercise here within our articles. We went over to Mayo Clinic for further clarity on the matter. According to May Clinic, “exercise means being more physically active. Although people appropriately focus on diet when they’re trying to lose weight, being active also is an essential component of a weight-loss program. When you’re active, your body uses energy (calories) to move, helping to burn the calories you take in with food you eat.”

As we look at the calories we take in via food, by looking at our food labels, we can see how this has a direct coloration on our weight. When my aunt discovered that she was getting close to becoming a diabetic, she looked seriously at both her diet and her exercise, or lack thereof, routine and made some changes. Her doctors made many recommendations. When it came to exercise, she had to begin slowly and where she was at. She essentially went from the exercise she got during her daily house chore routine to making it a little more invigorating. Regardless of where you are, you can begin to introduce exercise into your regular routine and your overall health strategy.

1. Exercise controls weight

2. Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Regular exercise helps prevent or manage many health problems and concerns, including:

  • Stroke
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Many types of cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Falls

It can also help improve cognitive function and helps lower the risk of death from all causes.

3. Exercise improves mood

4. Exercise boosts energy

5. Exercise promotes better sleep

Click here to learn more about the benefits of exercise on your health and fitness from the Mayo Clinic. Take a few minutes to assess your current exercise routine. Do you feel you get enough exercise? How can you begin to introduce exercise into your daily routine? How can you work with professionals at your local fitness center or gym to develop a strategic exercise plan to address any health concerns you may have? Identify 1 -3 health concerns you have and post a comment. Share your comments with the community by positing them below. We will get back to you on some suggestions on how to help you get started. As always we recommend you work with a professional in your identified areas of concern and share with the community. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay healthy!

If these articles have been helpful to you and yours, give a donation to Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook Ezine today.