Stay Healthy

Ways To Stay Healthy

Every dieter wanders around aimlessly looking for healthy food when they really don’t know what they are looking for. It’s not because dieters are stupid, it is because there is so much mixed information out there. Even the people who make the foods we buy in the store seem to be confused. What makes something healthy anyway? Is it the amount of calories or the amount of fats?

Healthy Food a Must

This is why so many diets may fail. People don’t know what to look for and they often end up buying the wrong foods. They then get discouraged when they can’t lose anything and they give up. The problem is that they don’t know what healthy food is, and they don’t know what to look for. Advertisers often call something a healthy food when they honestly have no right to do so. There are many foods that are advertised as healthy that don’t fit the bill. You really have to do your own work to decide if you want to eat something or not. If you skip this step, you are probably going to fail on your quest to lose weight.

Variety The Spice of Life -Not Sugar

The obvious healthy food is the one that is grown. That means fruits and vegetables are almost always healthy, as long as you aren’t adding anything to them. If you top a cup of peas with two tablespoons of butter, you have just turned a healthy food into something you probably shouldn’t be eating. Many people mistakenly turn good foods into something they shouldn’t be touching with a ten-foot pole when on a diet. You want to make sure you are not adding fats and sugars to foods that are otherwise considered good for you.

Plan to Succeed

If you want  to stay healthy then your only option is sticking to organic or natural food. This means you need to get things that are not processed and have no additives. If something is described as a number on an ingredient list, skip it. If it is not a natural food your body doesn’t know what to do with it. One healthy food is bread, as long as it is made from unrefined whole grains, and the only preservative you find included is vinegar. When you are looking for healthy food, skip the hype and zero in on the ingredients. That is where the truth of the matter lies.


Martial Arts Equipment

One Participant’s Experience;

Having the right martial art equipment is an important part of your training regimen. I should know. When I first began training, I had no martial arts gear at all.

I used to do a lot of drills without martial arts sparring equipment – even full on fighting as part of my training! This was alright for a while, and it seemed like I could get on fine without any martial art equipment at all.

I had some loose sweats, and my tennis shoes, and I was ready to go. Sure, I would get knocked about the face from time to time, because I had no gloves or other martial art equipment, but a bruise here and there did not seem to be such a big deal to me. I was fine with it.

The Right Equipment

Then, one day, I really got hurt. I was knocked out by a roundhouse kick to the face. I thought that I was alright and could just shake it off, but it turns out that I had a bad concussion. To top it off, I broke my arm in the fall. I was laid up for several weeks from my injuries, and let me tell you, that was no fun at all. If I had been practicing, using proper martial art equipment, I really doubt if I would have been hurt at all.


Sure, it is possible to be hurt, even with all of the martial arts training and martial arts equipment in the world, but it sure is a lot less likely than without it. Remember, your health is the most important thing that you have. You should never put it at risk just because you want to save a buck or two. That kind of risk-taking behavior is just simply idiotic, if you ask me.

Safety First

Of course, martial art equipment is not just safety gear. Many of the traditional costumes used in the fighting arts are absolutely essential to show your rank and ability. In addition to this, there are many martial arts that use weapons as part of their training. Without either using these weapons, or well made practice weapons, you can not practically train in the use of these martial arts.

Really, like in any other discipline, you need the right weapons. The better your martial art equipment is, the more effective your training and competition is. It is important to have good gear!

Where to Practice Aikido

Practice of Aikido

Aikido is the modern Japanese martial art developed between the 1920 to 1960 by Morihei Ueshiba who was said to have been influenced by Omoto-kyo. It is the pacifist nature of Omoto-kyo that is said to be the fundamental principle of this “art of peace” martial art form.


This particular martial art espouses relaxation and peace to be able to execute the Aikido techniques and moves properly. Through authentic Aikido training, the practitioner is expected to develop spiritually and philosophically and this should reflect in their ability to employ Aikido martial art techniques in an Aikido dojo.

Dojo is the Japanese term for a formal training structure for martial arts. A truly authentic and traditional Aikido dojo is used only as a place for formal and symbolic gatherings, and is rarely used a place to actually train. The actual Aikido training from a traditional dojo is done outdoors in a less formal setting.

A modern day Aikido dojo however loses most of its formality. Most of the time, there is no distinction from an Aikido dojo to the actual place of training and practice. In fact, in most cases, the two are one and the same.

Akido Dojo

Some of the modern Aikido dojo that are run by small groups of individuals who want to remain authentic to the spirit of the traditional dojo, students conduct a cleaning ritual after each training session. This is done not just for hygienic purposes but it is done also to reinforce that the dojo is made up and run by the Aikido students rather than the institutions that put them up.

Most traditional dojo observes a set pattern of precise entrances that need to be adhered to by the students depending on their rank. Students will commonly enter the dojo from the lower left corner while instructors will enter from the upper right corner. The traditional dojo also contain certain artifacts and objects to enhance the formal gatherings. For instance, a traditional dojo may have a place for a Shinto shrine and a spectator area for special visitors.

These traditional practices however may only be found in Japan in a few remaining Aikido dojo. Today, to learn and be a student of Aikido, one must find an Aikido dojo conveniently near you to be able to attend practice regularly.

More than the actual structure of the Aikido dojo however, you must choose the right one to attend to be able to suite your needs. It is also probably important to note and find out whether the Aikido dojo you are planning to attend remains true to the authentic teachings of Aikido, which lies in the principle of peace and relaxation to enable to ki to flow.

Aikido is a martial art form that paradoxically promotes a peaceful end to aggression through various Aikido techniques. It might be prudent to find an Aikido dojo that will continue to uphold its spirituality and philosophy. A relaxed demeanor is key to being able to perform advance Aikido techniques.

The relaxed manner is not something one can build through exercise like muscles. It is something that must be cultivated from within and maintained without. For this purpose, it would probably be good to keep the Aikido spirit in mind when find an Aikido dojo to join and learn Aikido martial arts from.