Why Swimming is the Best Exercise

Walking, running, aerobics, and other forms of exercise are all great. However, there is one thing that all of these types of exercises have in common. They are rough on your joints. While you build strength in your muscles through running, many people start to suffer from sore joints after they have ran for a long time.

In addition, with these traditional forms of exercise it is easy to get into a rut. If you are searching for a perfect way to work the entire body that will burn a lot of calories, swimming is the answer. From speeding up your metabolism to toning your core, there are many great reasons to consider swimming as your favorite go to for exercise.

Swimming Works the Entire Body

Swimming is one activity that will provide you with a total body workout. From sculpting your back to toning your legs and arms, swimming does it all. The best part is, you do not have to pick up a weight in order to do it. In addition, there is no real plan needed in order to work specific muscles of the body. Each of the four main strokes, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle all will work to strengthen the entire body.

Swimming is Easy on the Joints

As mentioned, many land exercises are really rough on your joints. If you suffer from any type of joint pain, swimming might just be the perfect solution for you. If you have recently injured yourself, swimming can provide you with a way to build up your strength. In addition, if you are a runner, swimming can provide you with a great way to work out your body on your recovery days and give your joints a chance to rest from hitting the pavement.

No Equipment Necessary

Perhaps one of the best things about swimming is that all you need is a pool. There is no fancy equipment to buy, so you will not be spending hundreds of dollars on equipment in order to swim regularly. All you will need is a swimsuit and some goggles and perhaps a swim cap. If you decide to add some equipment such as a kickboard, you will find that they are rather inexpensive and most likely your pool will already have some available for you to use.

Swimming Burns a Ton of Calories

Perhaps you have heard some rumors about swimmers and their calorie intake. These rumors are not false. Swimming moderately for just an hour can burn up to 500 calories. This fast burning of calories will speed up your metabolism, which helps you to continue to burn calories even after you have left the pool. If you are looking for a great way to lose weight, adding swimming to your exercise routine is a great place to start.

Adds Variety to Your Workout Routine

When it comes to swimming workouts the number of different ways that you can swim are quite endless. You can simply do laps of freestyle for a set amount of time or you can add in laps of any other stroke. You can work on your timing and your breathing.

 

Not only can you swim laps, but you can also pull, kick, or even use the wall to do pushups. There are endless possibilities of what you can do while you are in the water. You can even run laps in the water, as the water will provide you with great resistance and help you build up your leg muscles for the next time you hit the track.

Swimming is Great for Cross Training

Avoid becoming burned out in gym class or on the elliptical by trading one of those workouts for the pool. Swimming can improve your overall performance in any activity that you take part in regularly. If you are training for a marathon or another type of competition, a swim can help provide you with an edge over all of your competitors.

Maximizes Cardio

When it comes to aerobic activity, swimming is at the top of the list. Swimming requires more breath control than running, which means an increase in demand for oxygen. This causes your muscles to work even harder. This means that going for a swim is going to provide you with the most amount of bang for your buck in the shortest amount of time.

Swimming is Fun

When it comes down to it, there is nothing more refreshing that jumping into a pool and going for a swim. You do not have to be a professional swimmer in order to gain the benefits of taking a swim and enjoying yourself. When it comes down to it, swimming really is the best form of exercise that you can do for your body.

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A Guide to Turkish Coffee

If you are an avid coffee drinker, chances are you have at least heard of Turkish coffee. Perhaps you have not heard of it, but you are interested in learning more about different types of coffee. Whatever the case may be, you have come to the right place as this is a guide to Turkish coffee, including what it is and how to prepare the perfect cup each time.

Turkish coffee is simply a method of preparation for unfiltered coffee. The coffee beans are roasted and finely ground and then simmered in a pot. It is served in a cup and the grounds settle in the bottom.

Turkish coffee is consumed primarily in South-Eastern Europe, Anatolia, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and in areas around the black sea. Each of these regions are influenced by Ottoman cuisine.

Making Turkish Coffee

In order to make Turkish coffee you will need the following:

  • Turkish coffee pot
  • Spoon
  • Sugar
  • Finely ground coffee

The coffee that you use should be Arabica and a medium roast because you are going to roast the coffee again while you are making the coffee. You can get this type of coffee in several ways.

One way is to purchase a Turkish grinder and grind the coffee yourself. It is important to note that a regular coffee grinder is not going to get the coffee ground into the fine powder that is necessary for Turkish coffee.

Another option is to grind the coffee at your local store. Most coffee grinders at grocers in the United States have a turkish coffee setting. You can also simply buy the coffee already ground.

Preparation

The next step for making Turkish coffee is to measure out the amount of water that you will need. Place the pot of water on the stove and set it at medium high until the water heats up. Use about one or two heaping teaspoonfuls of coffee for every 3 ounces of water. When adding the coffee do not stir it at first. Simply allow the coffee to float on the top of the water. Stirring it at this point may cause it to clump.Next add as much sugar as desired. Do not stir. Once the water warms up and the coffee begins to sink to the bottom of the pot and the sugar begins to dissolve, stir it for a bit and then turn down the heat to low. You should continue to stir it several times until the brew begins to foam. When a bubble ring forms on the surface, turn the heat down more. Any bubbles that appear should be small. The water should never boil. The idea is to let a thick froth form. If the mixture boils the foam will disappear.

Try to keep the brew at the foaming stage for as long as possible without letting it boil. The more froth that is created, the better that it is going to taste. If the brew becomes too hot and starts to rise, move it away from the heat. Repeat the process of letting the foam raise and cool once or twice.

The key to the coffee maker’s art is getting the thickest layer of foam possible. One tip for maximizing the amount of foam is to pour the brew slowly and try to lift the pot higher as you continue to pour. No matter what technique is used to get the foam into the cups, it is difficult to make sure that each cup has the same amount. The cup that ends up with the most foam is considered to be the best of the group. Some people resort to using a spoon to dip out the foam into the cups to ensure equal amounts are obtained.

When it comes to preparing a good cup Turkish coffee, there should be a thick foam at the top and no noticeable particles throughout the foam or in the liquid. It is possible to wait a bit past boiling to get more flavor from the coffee, but this will lose the foam. It is possible to remove the foam and put it into cups earlier so the rest can boil for a bit longer. If choosing this method it is important to be careful that only the foam is transferred and not any of the suspended particles.

Drinking Turkish Coffee

Typically a person will drink a cup of water before indulging in Turkish coffee. The reason for this is because the water will cleanse the palate so that you can truly enjoy the flavor of the coffee.

Once you have cleansed the palate with water, make sure that you have waited a couple of minutes for the grounds of the coffee to settle at the bottom of the cup. It is now time to sit back and sip on this delicious cup of coffee. Remember, this is a drink that should be savored and drank slowly, sip by sip.

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Importance of Recreation

Taking part in recreational activities can greatly help in physical wellness. But not only physical wellness, mental health of a person can also flourish under recreational activities. In fact those people, who are engaged in recreational activities, studies has shown that they are physically fitter than those who aren’t involved in it which means less visit to doctors including less time in bed due to any illness.

Excluding physical fitness, recreational activities can also keep mental health in check. For example, any type of recreational activities has the ability to deal with stress and depression. People nowadays have so much responsibility and obligation that we feel, we have no time for ourselves. Hence identity crisis can kick in at some point of time. Recreational activities give control back to the person as to how he or she wants to spend the time. Which in turn bring the confidence back to the person thus allowing the person to be relaxed and it, in turn, helps in dealing with depression as now you are doing something which you aren’t obligated to do but you are doing something which you want to do.

Thus, recreational activities give a satisfaction of fulfillment. One is more likely to be happy in life when he or she is taking part in recreational activities. These recreational activities can be anything, from walking in a park to drawing or music or horse riding etc. But whatever one does, it comes from their heart and hence, the sense of fulfillment eventually comes in which gives you nourishment towards both your physical health and mental health. Thus recreational activities not only helps in physical health and physical well being but it also makes a great significance in being mentally well and gives the peace and relaxation that are much needed in life.

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