Health benefits of having a pet – part 1

Living with pets is great and it’s good for your health (as an animal lover, I can confirm this). I read an article that described the health benefits of living with pets and because I almost have all of the animals mentioned in the article I thought it would be nice to write about these awesome pets while comparing it to my own perspective. 

To me my pets aren’t just the fluffy and feathery companions I share the house with, they’re part of my family. I have to admit, with kids and pets; my family is pretty big! We have two dogs, five birds (three are nestlings) with two eggs, five bunnies and fish! Having this many pets is lots of work. We take care of them as a family; everybody knows his tasks.

Back to the benefits of owning pets. You’re probably curious to find out what kind pets are best for your health and which benefits they could bring you. I won’t keep you any longer, read on!

1. Dogs

Schermafbeelding 2015-07-27 om 15.23.51So apparently “Simply petting a dog is like a spa treatment,” Dr. Becker says. He follows “after just a minute or two, you have this massive release of positive neurochemicals like dopamine and serotonin.” I reckon this is true, I totally feel at ease when cuddling with my dogs, it’s hard to step away from them because it’s so nice.

Studies also link dog ownership to lower cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels. As if this alone isn’t enough, there is also a reduced risk of heart disease. According to a 2011 review in the Journal of physical activity and Health, as a dog owner you’re 34 % more likely to meet your daily exercise requirements than non-dog owners. I’ve had dogs all my life so I can’t compare but when I take my dog with me on walks or runs I tend to go further and stay away longer. I think because it’s way more fun then going by myself.

On page two you can continue to read about awesome pets for your health.

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Quick Summer Breakfast

You don’t always feel like making a heavy breakfast in the morning that takes you a long time to prepare. I for instance, have never enough time in the morning to make breakfast (I like my bed a lot). Therefore I now start every morning with a breakfast of fruit and nuts. It is healthy, delicious and quick to make. 

Quick Spring Breakfast

I’m going to share one of my favorite breakfast recipes I found on Veganchallenge.nl: the Kiwi-apple salad. This one is also a very good for hot summer days.

Ingredients

  • 6 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 3 apples, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons of walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of agave syrup
  • 50 g walnuts (roughly chopped)

Remove the core from the apples and cut into thin slices. Put the kiwi and apple in a bowl. Mix the oil with the juice and agave syrup and sprinkle it over the fruit. Add some walnuts. Tip: if you don’t like walnuts, you can also take almond flakes and roast. You can always add some more nuts if you want.

The great thing about this breakfast is that you can make so many different varieties. All you have to do is be creative. So try it, and let me know what you think of this recipe. And if you guys have more ideas: share it! Would love to hear your feedback! 

Source: http://veganchallenge.nl/kiwi-appelsalade-2/

The Jogha Fearless pre-sale is on!

Jogha has kept us all waiting long enough with all of their sneak peeks… we feel very teased and we have developed a serious need for every single print and item in the collection. We are happy to announce that The Fearless collection is finally available online for pre-sale!

The Jogha Fearless collection has been created for modern fashion-conscious women who do not compromise on technical performance or style. The collection is made up of 7 amazing prints along with solid DryDye pieces, all fearlessly bold in sustainability and colour. You can stock your wardrobe with clothes that are not only functional for your workouts but are also fashionable for any time of day or night.

We know that you will probably be asking yourselves “Why choose?” but in case you must limit your purchases we’ve chosen some of our favourite items for you Fit Girls.

 

Concrete Flora Racerback Tank

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5 fun health apps to try this week

There is an app for almost anything and more often than not, using apps to track your lifestyle can be draining not only on your battery life but your energy too! So how do you choose the ones which will add to your life rather than telling you how much you didn’t work out last week and just making you feel bad? I want to tell you about five fun health apps that are different from of the rest, because if you find one that really works for you it can make a difference!

1. Fitocracy

This app mimics the kind the of competitive level and point system that you would see in a game to encourage competitiveness. If you’re spurred on by this kind of motivation, this app provides you with a community of Fitocrats, other like minded people and claims to give you everything you need to become addicted to fitness. Although this is also offered by the Nike+ app, this app that gives you points based on the difficulty of the workouts that you have done at home or at the gym and allows you to track all of your fitness progress!

2. Im2Calorie

Meal times can be an interactive mind field between taking a picture of your incredible recipe creation and if you’re into it then logging the meal too! If you have ever used myfitnesspal you will know that if can be quite time consuming to search for the items of food that you eat at every moment of the day. So what if you could combine both of these activities in one go? This app from Google (although it is yet to be released, sorry!) uses advanced image recognition technology to determine the size of the food and then works out how many calories are in the food! The only downside is at first this app won’t be able to tell you other nutritional information like the fats and sugar content of food but developers claim that in time with more users there will be more data to access.

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