Health and Wellness


Tomatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables in the world… or fruit if you want to be picky about it. They look so delicious that they garnish a countless assortment of dishes. Not only do they look good, but they also blend well across a variety of culinary textures and flavors. For instance tomatoes can be sliced into sandwiches, diced into salads, stewed into soups, or even pureed into sauces. Whether you eat them as part of a hearty meal, or nibble on them as a quick snack, you can’t go wrong with this delectable little treat. Here’s a quick recipe for Marinated Tomatoes that anyone can prepare on-the-go:


3 Large Tomatoes

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

¼ Cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 Teaspoon of Salt (Optional)

¼ Teaspoon of Pepper

½ a Garlic Clove (Minced)

2 Tablespoons of Chopped Onion

1 Tablespoon of Minced Fresh Parsley

1 Tablespoon of Minced Fresh Basil

• 10-Minute Preparation Time.

• Recipe Makes 8 Servings.


1. Cut the tomatoes into thick slices.

2. Arrange the tomato slices into a large shallow dish. The dish should be deep enough for them to be drenched.

3. In a separate container, combine and stir all the other ingredients until they’re mixed together.

4. Pour the oil mixture into the dish with the tomato slices and gently turn them to make sure they get immersed in the oil.

5. Cover the dish and refrigerate the tomatoes for at least two hours.

6. Serve when ready.

Tomatoes aren’t just delicious, they’re also packed with nutritious vitamins and minerals. For example: tomatoes stabilize blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, contribute to bone health, contain insoluble fibers and provide numerous other health benefits. You can enjoy this Marinated Tomato recipe on its own as a snack, or use it to complement any other dish of your choice. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.


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We all know the feeling. It’s the end of the day and for some strange reason that pounding headache just won’t go away. You’ve tried everything to find relief but it still feels like a suitcase is weighing on your head. To make matters worse, someone may as well be shoveling sand into your eyes considering how much you need to rub them. These symptoms are all too familiar to many people these days, and unfortunately, they often have a root cause which easily goes unnoticed. That is, eye strain.

Eye strain is a series of symptoms which afflict people who exert their vision excessively. Symptoms of eye strain include: blurred vision, redness, headache, and irritation that feels like dryness. It’s easy for people to ignore eye strain because its indications are usually subtle. However, pushing through signs of physical discomfort is an unhealthy habit because when symptoms are left untreated, injuries can occur. Moreover because of how much we use screen-technology today, people are generally more susceptible to eye strain given that we expose our eyes repeatedly to electronic displays and rapid imagery. Here are five common-sense techniques to prevent and eliminate eye strain before it becomes problematic:

1. Visit an Optician:

If you ever happen to experience discomfort with your sight that causes any concern, your fist step should always be to consult professional medical help in order to treat the problem. Visiting an eye-doctor, especially when symptoms are still early, can prevent any unknown disorders from deteriorating into serious conditions.

2. Rest your Eyes:

The underlying cause of a majority of eye-strain cases is fatigue. Much like every other muscle system in our bodies, once eye-muscles become exhausted they need rest to heal and rejuvenate. Eye muscles are resilient, but they aren’t indestructible. A healthy dose of sleep is necessary to relax our eyes and the complex tissues that facilitate sight. Additionally, don’t use screen-technology for extended periods of time without taking breaks to look at natural objects in natural light.

3. Stretch your Eye Muscles:

Busy schedules may not always allow for a good-night’s sleep, but that doesn’t mean that people are powerless to find ways of relaxing eye-muscles. Stretching for instance is an effective way to relieve strain by loosening muscle-tension. At regular intervals of the day, make sure to take a brief moment and gently stretch your eye muscles specifically so as to eliminate rigidity that would otherwise turn into fatigue.

4. Don’t Sleep With Makeup or Contact Lenses On:

People who wear cosmetics or contact lenses routinely have foreign bodies in direct contact with their eyeballs. In the short-term this contact has no significant effect. However if such interaction is allowed to happen over a long period of time, it can end up irritating or even perforating the surface of an eyeball. This is why it’s important to always make sure that your eyes are clean if you either wear makeup or use contact lenses. Never fall asleep with contact lenses on.

5. Take your Vitamins:

Rest and relaxation are the most effective behavioral ways to remedy eye strain. Beyond changing our activities, healthy nutrition is also a good approach towards preventing or treating strain. Eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals supplies our eye muscles with nutrients that are essential for healing and metabolism. A wholesome diet keeps eyes lubricated and strong.

Learn to always listen to your body whenever symptoms of strain or pain manifest. Even when discomfort is slight, taking some time to investigate if it has a root cause reduces the odds of experiencing injury or infection in future. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

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The five senses are the most powerful components of human physiology. This is because they are the main channels through which we not only experience life, but survive it as well. For example, if someone can’t feel anything because of numbness, it’s much easier to suffer injuries from accidental cuts and burns. Likewise if someone can’t see anything because of blindness, it becomes much easier to suffer injury from falls or collisions. All the phenomena we endure by way of touch, sight, taste, hearing, or smell, has a direct link both to our emotional state, and overall physical health. This link between our senses and our health is the guiding principle behind the different approaches of alternative medicine, such as aromatherapy.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that relies on herbs and essential oils for medical treatment and therapeutic practices. In particular, aromatherapy focuses on the process of absorption through smell. Whereas conventional medicine recommends ingestion of medication in order to nurse ailments, aromatherapy recommends olfaction as the primary way to stimulate and reinforce immunity. There are several ways in which the body can be healed and strengthened by engaging the sense of smell. This is why healers from both conventional and alternative medicine have used aromatherapy as a method of treatment for years.

It’s All about Nature

The foundation of aromatherapy is embrace and use of the organic. In order to obtain the strongest benefit from olfactory processes, practitioners of aromatherapy assemble the purest possible ingredients in their remedies. All aromatherapy treatments involve reduction of natural plant life to concentrated balms typically referred to as essential oils. Depending on the combination of plants used to produce essential oils, the fragrances they contain can either stimulate, soothe or rehabilitate. Imagine how good it feels to smell a fresh pot of coffee early in the morning. Or how sublime it feels to take in the perfume from a bouquet of roses. Every seed and every plant in nature contains molecules that trigger a host of such responses from our bodies when inhaled. Aromatherapy is all about isolating these molecules and using them as ingredients to ! invigorate the mind and body.

It’s time to Refresh

One of the most popular aromatherapy treatments practiced is detoxification. Not only can detoxing through aromatherapy help flush chemical toxins from the body, it can also eliminate toxic thoughts and emotions. Aromatherapy detox is a revitalizing technique which is hassle-free and low-maintenance. Moreover, there’s a wide variety of treatment options beyond simple inhalation to help detox. Detoxifying essential oils can also be combined in cosmetics, perfumes, massages, and even oral supplements. It all depends on your preference of how to make use of the oils. If you’re interested in pursuing an aromatherapy detox, here is a list of essential oils that are key:


1.       Fennel Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from crushed seeds of the Foeniculum vulgare plant species. Its fragrance induces feelings of equilibrium and stability.

2.       Juniper Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from ground berries and needles of the Juniperus osteosperma plant species. Its fragrance induces feelings of calm.

3.       Carrot Seed Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from ground seeds of the Daucus carota plant species. Its fragrance is sweet and rustic.

4.       Celery Seed Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from ground seeds of the Apium graveolens plant species. Its spicy, sweet, warm fragrance induces feelings of calm.

5.       Lemon Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from cold-pressed rinds of the Citrus limon plant species. Its tropical fragrance induces feelings of tranquility.

6.       Tea Tree Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from ground leaves and needles of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant species. Its antiseptic properties make it a good cleansing agent.

7.       Grapefruit Essential Oil: This oil is extracted from cold-pressed rinds of the Citrus paradise plant species. Its tropical, warm fragrance induces feelings of joy.


For more information on how to take advantage of the healing properties in these, and many more essential oils, visit If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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Heart disease is an epidemic – and a serious one at that. Did you know that someone has a heart attack in the United States every 40 seconds? This is according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which estimates that one in every four deaths in America are prompted by heart disease. To make matters worse, heart disease is a dilemma that afflicts the entire world in equal measure. The world Health Organization (WHO) estimates that heart disease and stroke have been the leading cause of death internationally for the past 15 years, claiming tens of millions of lives every year. Heart disease kills more people than any other illness or health-related complication, including cancer and HIV/AIDS.

These grim statistics are the very reason why the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the American Heart Association (AHA) and a coalition of other sympathetic organizations founded the Go Red for Women awareness campaign. The Go Red for Women campaign adopts the red dress as a national symbol for women who fall victim to heart diseases. AHA research conducted in 2004 discovered that women in the United States are particularly vulnerable to heart disease and stroke. In fact, up to 500,000 women die from heart disease in the US every year, yet the common perception is that older men suffer the most heart attacks.

Thanks to the Go Red for Women campaign, millions of women have learnt about their own susceptibility to heart disease and taken steps to prevent the chances of suffering cardiovascular complications. RISE Programs is a proud supporter of the AHA, and the Go Red for Women campaign. We invite all of our followers and affiliates to dress in red this February and actively participate in women’s health awareness. A good way to start is to consult a physician for a routine check-up and ask about your risk factors for heart disease. You can also learn more about healthy living from RISE Programs’ various coaching resources. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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It’s the holidays and for most, that means eating, lots of eating. It’s no wonder that one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is losing weight. Going ham over the holidays is bound to pack on a few extra pounds! Why not take a healthier approach to what we eat during this holiday season and beyond? Below are a few healthier choice recipes to try during this holiday season.


Maple Glazed Carrots

3 or 4 carrots

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

pinch of salt and pepper

1. Peel and slice the carrots into rounds.

2. Place them in a skillet with the water. Cover and cook for 6 to 7 minutes until soft.

3. Add the maple syrup, butter and vinegar. Sauté uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring.

4. Season with salt and pepper.


Apple and Pear Cobbler


¼ cup sorghum flour

¼ cup tapioca flour

¼ cup potato starch

¼ cup almond flour

1 teaspoon fine salt (or sea salt or kosher salt should be ground fine)

4 tablespoons sugar

½ teaspoon cardamom

¼ teaspoon cloves, ground

¼ cup sour cream

3 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Combine gluten-free flours and potato starch, sugar, cloves, cardamom, and salt. Add butter and cut in until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add sour cream and blend until dough begins to come together. Do not form ball.

Place the completed dough between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Form a large ball of dough between the sheets, and then gently flatten into a square. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.


2 pounds crisp, fresh apples

2 pounds Bartlett pears

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

¾ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon cloves, ground

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°

Transfer fruit slices to a pie dish or a 9” baking dish. Combine lemon juice and vanilla in small bowl. Pour over apples and toss to coat. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, flour, and cloves in small bowl. Sprinkle over fruit and toss to coat. Rearrange fruit to make compact and wipe rim of dish clean. Place dough atop fruit and gently tuck edges under at 3-inch intervals. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sliced almonds over top. Bake for 35-40 minutes. The cobbler is done when

the topping is golden brown and the fruit bubbles around the edge of the pan.


Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is more involved than the other recipes, so be sure to have someone to help you!

8 ounces macaroni

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon dry mustard

3-1/2 cups milk or soymilk

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

3/4 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

1-1/2 cups grated raw cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the macaroni according to package directions.

3. Rinse under cold water and set aside.

4. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the flour and mustard and cook over low heat for 2

to 3 minutes, stirring continuously.

5. Add milk slowly while whisking to remove any lumps.

6. Remove from the heat and add cheese. Add the salt, pepper and macaroni, stir to

combine and pour into a greased baking dish.

7. In a bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, herbs and oil. Sprinkle over the macaroni and cheese.

8. Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly browned.



1-1/2 cups carob semisweet chips

2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

4 eggs

2/3 cup agave nectar or 1-1/4 cup date sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1. In a small bowl, melt carob chips in microwave for 2 minutes. Or place carob chips in a heat-resistant bowl on top of a boiling pot of water until melted.

2. In blender or food processor, combine chickpeas and eggs.

3. Add sweetener, baking powder and melted chips; process until smooth.

4. Pour batter into an approximately 9-inch nonstick pan.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

6. Allow to cool; cut and serve.

These are surprisingly delicious, and nobody will be able to guess that they’re made from chickpeas!


Richard Martinez

Intl. Transformation Expert

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Did you know that pancakes are a delicacy that has existed since the Stone Age? Researchers trace origins of the pancake back to prehistoric humans who would mix crude flour from cattails and ferns, then blend it with water and bake this batter on heated rock. Generation after generation since then has improved on this basic concept to yield the delicious treat we now commonly recognize as pancakes. If you’re trying to eat healthy this holiday season, or you’re just looking to mix things up with some new flavors, here’s a recipe for Flaxseed Oatmeal Pancakes that’s sure to amaze your taste buds:


1/3 Cup of Whole Wheat Flour.

3 Tablespoons of Quick-Cooking Oats.

1 Tablespoon of Flaxseed.

½ Teaspoon of Baking Powder.

¼ Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon.

1/8 Teaspoon of Baking Soda.

1 Pinch of Salt.

1 Separated Egg Yolk/Egg White.

½ a Cup of Buttermilk.

1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar.

1 Tablespoon of Canola Oil.

½ Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract.

  • 20-Minute Preparation Time.
  • Recipe Makes 4 Pancakes.


  1. Sift the Flour, Oats, Flaxseed, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Baking Soda and Salt into a container.
  2. Whisk and blend the Egg Yolk, Buttermilk, Brown Sugar, Canola Oil and Vanilla Extract in a separate large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, Whisk the Egg White until stiff.
  4. With a large wooden spoon, stir all the wet ingredients into each other, then stir all the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until a viscous pourable batter forms.
  5. Heat up a pan or griddle to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (5 Notches on a Gas Stove), and glisten it with a very thin layer of vegetable oil or cooking spray.
  6. Pour a ¼ cup of batter onto the hot griddle to form a round cake and let it cook until bubbles from on the top.
  7. Once bubbles evenly cover the top of the cake, flip it over to the other side with a spatula and let the second side cook until it turns golden brown.
  8. Stack each pancake onto a plate and serve when ready.

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The Problem:

It’s torture. Blinking your eyes in rapid-fire just to stop them from clamping shut. Nodding profusely to seem like you’re listening, even though every word coming from your boss’s mouth sounds like a stifled mumble. Struggling to concentrate because every muscle in your body is shrieking at you to fold over and take a quick nap. That afternoon crash happens to everybody. It happens every day, and it always feels like complete torture.

The Solution:

Most people’s instinct to remedy the afternoon energy slump is to grab a quick shot of caffeine. We drink countless gallons of coffee and energy drinks every day – completely ignoring the fact that this slump isn’t a chemical issue, it’s a biological one. The human body has an internal clock that regulates various functions such as sleep, digestion, immune responses and other processes. When our bodies become accustomed to a specific routine, our energy levels fluctuate from high to low depending on how fatigued we are within a 24-hour period. Energy levels typically dip dramatically right before we sleep at night, and usually after having been awake for half a day.

Stimulating your nervous system with caffeine or sugar might feel like you’re fixing the problem, but all you’re doing is forcing your body to overexert itself under the influence of a chemical substance. In the long run, this can disrupt the natural functions of your body by creating dependency. Instead of handling this problem with a quick shot of stimulants, handle it the right way with the following preventative measures:

  • Get Enough Sleep At Night:

The more of a sleep deficit a person has, the more fatigue experienced during the afternoon slump. Our bodies need adequate rest in order to metabolize efficiently. If you force yourself not to sleep, your internal clock will kick in instinctively regardless of whether you want it to or not.

  • Do Some Portion-Control:

There’s a reason why they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s because a hearty breakfast provides the nutritional foundation necessary to sustain the body throughout an entire day of activity. Instead of eating a small breakfast and a heavy lunch, have a heavy breakfast and a light lunch. This has the benefit of giving you more time to burn calories, and also prevents your body’s metabolism from diverting energy towards increased digestion after lunch.

  • Get the Right Nutrients:

The majority of sugar you eat should come from complex carbohydrates. Simple sugars, which mostly come from processed foods, flood the body with glucose which may rapidly generate energy, but is also metabolized quickly which results in an equally rapid plummet of energy. Skip that donut and replace it with some whole grain food, starchy vegetables or legumes.

  • Get Some Fresh Air:

A big part of that energy dip is plain old boredom. If you’ve been looking at a computer screen all day, break up the routine and get some fresh air. Go for a walk and think about something other than work for a while. Your brain needs to reset just as much as the body does, which can only happen if you take a little timeout.

  • Hydrate:

Water is as essential to vitality as solid food is. If the majority of what you drink has caffeine, electrolytes, sugar or sodium in it, that means your body is actually draining water away from its own cells just to digest it. Water is necessary to flush out toxins from our bodies and support every feature of our physiology. Drink it in plenty, and drink it often.

Our overall energy completely depends on how well we conserve our bodies. The more you take care of your body, the more your body will take care of you. It’s just that simple. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the many informative workshops and events listed on our website: Join RISE Programs any time to learn how to break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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Have you ever felt like you’re just stuck in a rut? As if you’re dealing with the same problems over and over again? As if you spend more time making goals, than you do actually accomplishing them? All people struggle with this frustration on some level. We passively watch one hour blend into the next, and the next, as we promise ourselves that tomorrow will be the day. Tomorrow will be the day that we start eating healthy. Tomorrow will be the day that we start saving money. Tomorrow will be the day that everything’s going to change and we’ll start living life the way we know we should. But then… tomorrow never comes.
You owe it to yourself not to let your dreams slip through your fingers. You owe it to yourself to turn every ounce of potential within you into success. Instead of pledging in vain to do things tomorrow, do them now. Don’t wait for New Year’s resolutions or some life-changing epiphany to jolt you into action. Do it now when there’s no pressure. Do it now when there’s no expectation. Do it now and the momentum you build will last. Here are four easy tips on how to create enduring healthy habits in life:

Stop Procrastinating:
Understand that in most instances, the word later actually means never. Procrastination is poison to progress. This is why you must abandon every excuse, and eliminate every distraction that prevents you from acting on decisions in the moment. If you think to do something, simply get up and work on it. It’s as simple as that.

There’s a reason why they say knowledge is power. Knowledge opens the mind. Knowledge reduces uncertainty. Knowledge provides a solid foundation upon which to make effective and desirable decisions. Always embrace knowledge and use it to your advantage. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from your past experiences. Learn from others as much as you can, and you will discover that knowledge inspires healthy transformation in your life.

Make Time:
Healthy decisions always demand time. If a goal you seek is actually worthwhile, you have no choice but to sacrifice and work for it. It might mean giving up certain habits or friends. It might mean changing your routine. It might even mean adding a little more muscle to your hustle. Whatever it takes, make the time to chase your dreams instead of standing by the wayside as opportunity fades.

Stick to It:
Life is a marathon. Don’t get caught up in the excitement of thinking up something new, only to give up on it at the first sign of resistance. Once you start a journey, fight to finish it. Pace yourself if you have to, take breaks if you have to, but whatever happens, don’t stop.

Whether or not the healthy habits you desire are personal, or professional, they can only become a reality if you adopt a deliberate mindset and act on your plans. Your effort doesn’t even have to be monumental. It just has to be consistent. Start with a crawl, turn that crawl into a walk, then turn that walk into a sprint that carries you past the finish line. You just might end up surprising yourself. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love our many informative workshops and events listed on our website: Join RISE Programs any time to learn how to break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.


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We all do it. We all like to build castles in the sky and imagine what the future will be like. We envision fame and fortune. We dream of limitless wealth or having the perfect body. We stand ready to sacrifice everything, and work tirelessly in the name of transforming into the best possible versions of ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming. There’s nothing wrong either with having the gumption to turn our dreams into reality. However there’s one essential ingredient to this process that many of us take for granted, yet we shouldn’t. We forget the value of investing in ourselves through hobbies.

The Stats

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people spend an average number of five hours per day on leisure activities. This might sound impressive, however, out of all this time, roughly three hours is spent watching television while a microscopic fraction of the remaining period is dedicated to wholesome activities such as socializing, meditation, or physical fitness. Ignoring constructive hobbies is one of the biggest reasons why people get tangled in sedentary lifestyles. Even when we choose to rest, we do it glued to TVs and computer screens rather than rejuvenating ourselves through the right relaxation. Leisure time is meant to be food for your soul. It’s meant to reclaim your life from the demanding daily grind. In case you haven’t paid much attention to your hobbies recently, here are five important reasons why now is a good time to start.

  • Stress Relief:

Hobbies are in intrinsic way to release stress. Thinking about work, family, school and life in general subliminally burdens people with tension that causes fatigue. When we take the time to escape this cycle of preoccupation with lighthearted leisure, it allows our minds to reset and prepare to take on future challenges.

  • Creative Exercise:

Beyond making it possible to zone out, hobbies also allow people to engage their creative side and flex their imagination. People spend a majority of their lives conforming to rules, expectations and procedures. Hobbies offer a chance to forget all this structure and just let your thoughts run wild. Not only is this fun, it’s also healthy because it can spark inspiration that carries over into your daily routine.

  • Growth:

Choosing to engage in constructive hobbies isn’t just entertaining, it can also bring about growth and development in a person’s life. To illustrate, a physical hobby such as golf helps keep the body fit. Beyond this basic benefit, interacting with fellow golfers can end up establishing close friendships. It can even create networking opportunities that end up impacting one’s life beyond the golf course. The possibilities are limitless if you choose the right activity to engage in.

  • Intellectual Stimulation:

There’s nothing more enjoyable than having curiosity for a hobby that you are passionate about. A simple hobby can transform into an opportunity to learn new things that broaden your knowledge and provide a sense of intellectual satisfaction. For example, taking up photography can end up teaching you about graphic design, publication, studio design, and much more.

  • Confidence:

When you figure out how to engage in a hobby and do it well, this instills a sense of achievement that no other activity can produce. It makes you feel capable, it makes you feel special, and it makes know that you can excel at something outside of the confines of work. This might seem trivial, but for many who are stuck doing work they have no passion for, the simple opportunity to shine at something with enthusiasm can erase the drudgery of life’s hardships.

Few investments in life are as important as the investments we make in ourselves. If you find yourself overwhelmed by stress, it may surprise you to discover just how much something as painless as a hobby can make you feel on top of the world. Give it a try and you won’t regret it. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

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Yoga is a complex spiritual discipline that is rooted in Indian beliefs and culture. It’s a combination of philosophical and physiological practices that are designed to foster good health. Yoga is ancient and enduring. It is such a long-standing practice that its origins date as far back as the Iron Age. Given this extensive history, Yoga as a practice has transformed significantly over time. It may have begun as a strictly spiritual tradition, but its adoption beyond Indian culture has seen it develop into a series of fitness routines that vary in focus. For example some schools of Yoga concentrate on meditative exercises, whereas other schools of Yoga concentrate more on physical conditioning.

The Gains

Because of its spiritual origins, Yoga can be misconstrued as an exclusively mystical ritual. On the contrary however, Yoga’s physical elements offer so many health benefits that it is now regularly integrated with secular fitness programs. At the heart of its intricacy Yoga encourages conscientiousness. It encourages people to slow down and be attentive to the needs of our minds, our bodies, and our souls. In this way, Yoga is a perfect exercise to help decompress from the overwhelming demands of a hectic lifestyle. Here are just a few of the numerous advantages that Yoga can provide:

  • Discipline

Yoga emphasizes routine regardless of how advanced, or strict, the technique. Yoga as a concept isn’t just a cosmetic activity. It has to be adopted as part and parcel of a person’s daily routine. This repetition naturally instils a sense of discipline when adhered to. The more you do Yoga, the more self-control you discover.

  • Mindfulness

Yoga is contemplative. It encourages meditation and mental concentration as a way to challenge the abilities of both the mind and body. As such Yoga enhances self-awareness that is integral to personal growth and wellness.

  • Balance

Both the philosophy and physical exercise involved in Yoga help establish balance in how we maintain our bodies. Most conventional approaches to fitness emphasize endurance and resistance training in order to develop strength. Yoga on the other hand incorporates flexibility training that complements other approaches to fitness.

  • Stress Management

Yoga is a low-intensity exercise. Whereas conventional workouts require complicated equipment and heavy exertion, Yoga only requires a floor mat and some free time. This simplicity acts as an antidote to the noisy commotion of life. It would surprise you just how soothing it is to be still and meditate.

  • Good Health

Yoga isn’t just hypothetically advantageous, it is medically proven to enhance biological functions. For instance:

  • Lung capacity can improve significantly after practicing Yoga’s breathing exercises over time.
  • Its low-intensity and mental engagement helps manage cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure.
  • It builds muscle strength.
  • It increases range of motion.
  • It sustains a healthy Body Mass Index, and does much more to keep the body in good condition.

Don’t let the Sanskrit intimidate you into thinking that Yoga is a nightmare. Taking it up can in fact open the doors to fulfilling self-discovery. Once you discover just how simple Yoga is, you’ll wonder how you could ever hesitate to take it up in the first place. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love our many informative workshops and events listed on Eventbrite: Join RISE Programs any time to learn how to break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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