The Health Benefits of Giving

Do you consider yourself a giver?

A recent study by the Association for Psychological Science found that being of a giving nature really can have a positive impact on your wellness and health.

As we speed towards the month of February 2013 you’re probably engrossed in trying to stick to your new year resolutions and making an impact on this new year. On the flip side some people focus too much attention on others and not enough on themselves so it really is important to get the balance right!

The official season for giving is over but I’m certain that you have so much more to give. Giving actually makes your heart grown stronger; releases positive chemicals which promotes improved circulation and just simply makes you feel good.

I’m not talking about buying your partner a Cartier watch; that’s not the sort of giving we’re talking about here! Giving can come from many places within and be displayed in lots of different ways.

We’re all busy, trust me I know the meaning of being busy, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make, take or find the time. Time is THE most precious thing we all have; when we’re truly out of time then you better make sure you did a good job here on this earth.

So, on that note, it is now time for you to make some time and spend some time giving it to your loved ones, friends, companions and community.

Give the gift of time during the coming month and see what a difference it makes to your health and probably your life.

Here’s some ideas to help get your started:

> Give someone a lift to the gym, health club or bootcamp that says they have no way to get to a place of fitness

> If your friend or relative is doing some DIY then offer some time to help them out or just keep them company and hydrated while they work

> Visit your grandparent or an older neighbour and spend some time with them (over 50% of people over a certain age state that their TV is their main company)

> If you have a partner, friend or loved one that’s feeling a bit blue or clearly needs to de-stress, offer to go for a walk with them to allow them a change of scene and to hopefully open up

> If you possess a particular skill (sewing, cooking, guitar playing, DIY), share your skill with someone and help them to learn from you

> Become someone’s workout partner (studies show that when you work out with others you achieve better results)

> Volunteer with a local charity or organisation because they need people now more than they have in many years

> If a friend or loved one expresses they’re struggling to handle a task because they don’t have the time, why not offer some of yours to help them get it done and perhaps next time you ‘just don’t have the time’ they’ll do the same for you!

Giving something as simple as a bit of your time can have such a positive impact on someone else’s life and in turn on your health. It also feels REALLY good too 🙂

Here’s a little workout for you to do which is really quick but very effective. You can do this anywhere/anytime (as long as you can shower afterwards!) so get up now and get it done!

Tabata #1 Keep swapping between the two exercises, 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest x 8

· Jump Squat

· Lateral Lunge

Tabata #2 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest x 8

· Mountain Climber

· Burpee

Final note: I read online this week that they’re having to make the ambulances larger in America because of the obesity problems they have there. Lets not allow that to happen here in the UK! Get out, get active and get your loved ones to do the same and our ambulances will stay the size they are today.

I hope the rest of your week rocks and your weekend is healthy and fun packed.

Live, Love & Laugh a Lot

Karen xx

P.S – The Next Hot Body Bootcamp Kicks Off –

Monday 18th Feb – More information or to Book a place head over hear – http://www.thehotbodybootcamp.com


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