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It may seem like just the opposite, but increasing your exercise is a vital part of keeping up with all the work you do. While there is a time to rest, you should be moving throughout the day and gaining strength for good health. A successful health regimen involves a combination of healthy food and increased physical activity. You’re a farm girl, so you’ve taken care of the first one. But there are many ways to achieve the second, and everyone’s preferences are different. Here are six reasons joining a gym could be the answer, and worth every cent of the membership fee.

Motivation

It can be easy to set out with the best of intentions when it comes to increasing your exercise, but then your efforts fall away as your initial enthusiasm fades. A regular gym session adds a little more structure and routine, and is easier to turn into a habit than more improvised forms of exercise. Just as importantly, if you’ve already paid out for a gym membership, this can provide an incentive to continue unless you want to waste your money!

Greater Focus

Actually leaving home to go to the gym may take an effort, but once you arrive you’ll have no distractions from your workout. You won’t be as tempted to cut your session short as you may be if you exercise at home.

More Variety

No matter how much you love jogging or cycling, a single type of exercise can become drearily familiar after a while. You may be able to think of several other activities you can do for free, but eventually you’ll long for a little more variety in your exercise routine. A well-equipped gym will have enough facilities to keep your workouts diverse and interesting for months on end.

Other Health Activities

Depending on the location, your gym may offer additional services which will help your efforts. You may be able to enjoy a relaxing massage to help your body to recover after a workout, a sauna to sweat off a few extra calories, or even simply a refreshing swim as the final part of your session.

Personal Trainer Access

Most gyms offer access to a personal trainer who can help tailor your exercise plan if you have a specific weight loss goal. This can greatly improve the effectiveness of your workouts, not only for shedding the pounds, but for tightening and toning your body as you go.

The Social Aspect

In a gym, you’ll quickly start to recognize other members, and can chat to a different familiar face each time you visit. Or call up a friend and arrange a time to workout together. It’s a convenient way to catch up while you motivate each other to stay fit.

For many people a gym membership is by far the most effective way of boosting your workouts, burning off fat and keeping fit for your kind of lifestyle. Again, there are many cost-free ways to add a little extra physical activity to your everyday life, but a gym membership might just be the one to try.

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Sauerkraut: The Gut-Healthy Food You Gotta Make

There’s nothing like the taste of homemade sauerkraut. This homestead food is packed with gut-healthy flora that boosts your immune and digestive systems. Ferment your own sauerkraut for pennies, using ingredients already in your kitchen.

Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe

Ingredients

● One head red cabbage
● Sea salt (2.5% of the weight of the cabbage)
● Optional: carrots and caraway seeds

Equipment

● Half gallon and half pint mason jars
● Plastic lid with airlock or a fermentation crock
● Food processor
● Kitchen scale

Directions

1. Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage and wash thoroughly.
2. Quarter the cabbage and discard the core. Hint: cabbage off-cuts are great in compost!
3. Use the kitchen scale to weigh your quartered cabbage in grams. Write this number down; it will determine how much salt you use later.
4. Using a food processor grating attachment, shred the cabbage finely. We’ve found that a machine will get you the most uniform cuts for even fermentation.
5. Use the trusty kitchen scale once again to measure your salt. For every 100 grams of cabbage, you need 2.5 grams of salt. It takes a little math, but it’s worth it!
6. In a large bowl, mix the shredded cabbage with the salt. You can add carrots or caraway seeds at this point if you’d like.
7. Mash the mixture with your hands or a potato masher for a good ten minutes. Your goal is to squeeze liquid out of the cabbage, which will be your brine.
8. Move the shredded cabbage mixture to a Mason jar or crock.
9. Add the brine and ensure all of the cabbage is submerged in the liquid. You can top the cabbage with a small Mason jar to ensure it’s completely submerged.
10. Fasten the lid on either your Mason jar or crock. Store the sauerkraut in a dark closet in an area with a temperature of 65 – 80 degrees.
11. After two weeks, start tasting the sauerkraut until the desired taste is achieved. This can take up to one month.
12. Once done, store the sauerkraut in the fridge to stop fermentation.
13. Share and enjoy!


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