In the age which we live there is an unprecedented focus on getting and staying healthy. As more and more research points to the effect of fitness and nutrition on our overall health, the findings become more difficult to ignore. There is no doubt that the food that we eat and the physical activity that we perform significantly impact our weight and our body’s overall health and longevity.
When you look at fitness and nutrition and the consequences of ignoring their importance, it is not difficult to see how large a role they play in our health. First and foremost, it is important to understand how powerfully diet can affect us. Natural, whole foods – such as fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins – give our bodies the vitamins that it needs to function effectively. We have energy when we eat right. And when we have energy we burn fat. Eating properly allows us to maintain a healthy weight and keep undue stress off of our hearts; it also allows us to keep our blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the healthy range. Most importantly, good nutrition keeps our bodies stocked with antioxidants that fight off a range of illnesses including cancer.
But nutrition does go it alone; fitness and nutrition go hand in hand for achieving good health. When we keep our bodies active through a consistent exercise program, we are adding to our body’s ability to metabolize food and keep weight down. Further, good fitness means strong and limber muscles and a strong cardiovascular system. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and reduces stress levels.
Learning how to pair fitness and nutrition for optimum health means a commitment to a particular lifestyle. It is essential that you revamp your diet to eliminate fatty, high-sodium, and processed food and replace it with fresh, natural – and even organic – choices. But remember, fitness and nutrition work best as a team. Implement a consistent regime of physical activity into your daily schedule including cardiovascular work, stretching, weight training, and even yoga or Pilates.
When you truly understand the importance of fitness and nutrition in your life, you will understand how crucial these lifestyle changes are in order to live a long and healthy life.
Internet security is a complex subject, too complex for a brief article like this. So here I'm sticking to a few of the most important basics. If like so many Internet users, you are clueless about what is the best Internet security and how to get it, hopefully this article will help.
First on your list of defenses should be a good firewall. Your firewall will prevent unauthorized access to your computer from any external source, and the settings can be varied from low security to high. Another thing the firewall does is generate a log file capturing connection details, such as those of the systems which are trying to gain access to your computer, as well as record the data that is being sent out by you. Windows XP / Visa provides a firewall by default. Alternately, you can download a number of very good free firewalls like Comodo and ZoneAlarm.
Next, you need a good antivirus program. A virus is nothing but a malicious computer program written to muck up the workings of your computer by corrupting your hard disc and data files. Viruses come in many guises. One of the most common is the Trojan horse. Like its Homeric predecessor, Trojan horses are seemingly-benign invaders – they enter your system disguised as something other than what they are and then destroy or steal your personal information without your being aware of what's happening. Then there are the worms. Worms are malicious programs which replicate themselves and spread to your entire computer network, often resulting in its total breakdown.
One of the best Internet security precautions you can take against viruses is to swear an oat to never open an email attachment unless you're positive it's safe (eg, from someone you trust). Beyond that, you need antivirus software. Some cost money, such as those supplied by Norton and McAfee. Others are free, like some of the programs offered for free download by Avast and AVG.
Anti-Adware and Anti-Spyware
Adware is software that causes those annoying and distracting pop-ups. Spyware is a little different. It grabs info off your computer and passes it onto its remote master. Both adware and spyware can ride piggyback on the free software you download, then latch onto your system files and corrupt them. These types of "malware" are nearly asothersome as a virus, though they seldom do direct harm to your system. Your best defense against adware is anti-adware, such as AdAware. But more importantly is protecting your system against spyware, and to accomplish this, try ZoneAlarm Spyware. Needless to say, Norton and McCafee also supply anti-spyware.
Secure Web Browsing
For a more secure web browsing experience, it's a good idea to disable third party cookies that let the advertisers keep track of your system (in IE, click on Tools, then Internet Options, then Privacy).
Another simple yet effective methodology is to enable "warning text boxes" that will alert you if you are entering an unsecured connection (in IE, click on Tools, then Internet Options, then Security, then Custom Level). A couple useful add-ons to keep in mind are Ad- block, which prompts pop-ups, and no script, which protects you from XSS attacks by allowing scripts to run only from the sites that are trusted by you.
The IE 1.7 browser comes with an extended validation certificate (EVC) that allows you to see SSL certificates of companies you are thinking of doing business with. This serves to enhance e-commerce security as a Web vendor has to undergo a certain amount of vetting to obtain their SSL certificate. This extension validation of the vendor website at least provides some assurance that you are interacting with an authentic website and not a malware or a phishing website with fraudulent encrypted certificates. Incidentally, Firefox 3 and Google Chrome also come with EV certificates. So for safer browsing and assurance of best Internet security always shop using an EVC browser.
Fountain accessories enhance the beauty of any fountain. There are a number of basic accessories that you can use for any type of fountain. And then there are theme oriented accessories, such as nautical or tropical accessories that you could use, depending upon your personal taste. Here are some helpful tips on choosing fountain accessories.
There are many varieties and styles of fountains. Fountain designs can be modern or rustic, old world or contemporary. Some fountains are works of art and others are based on the Feng Shui principles. Whatever the type of fountain, there are a few basic accessories that could heighten the beauty of your indoor or outdoor fountain.
Pumps are essential to keep your fountain in a good working condition. They keep the water in the fountain clean. There are many fountain cleaning kits available that enable you to keep your fountain looking beautiful while protecting the pump from any damage.
Lights make any fountain appear more appealing. You can choose from a variety of lights. There are colored lights, floating lights, underwater lights, accent lights, spot lights, to name just a few. Well placed lights can make the water shine and flash at different angles, increasing the attractiveness of the fountain. With all the options that are available, you can experiment with different lights till you settle on a look that you find particularly beautiful.
Foggers and mice add to the ambience surrounding the fountain. They can make the area around a fountain appear more mysterious and fascinating. Some foggers and mice even come with LED or halogen lights to increase the dramatic effect.
Polished river rocks and beach glass add color to a fountain. Pebbles, small rocks and stones complement the natural look of a fountain. If you want a more exotic look, you could consider adding floating or standing statues and animal figures in your fountain.
If you want a themed fountain, there are many of these available in the market. You could get fountains with nautical accessories and fountains with tropical accessories. Tropical accessories could include brightly colored tropical fish. If you have fish in your fountain, you have to regulate the water temperature and ensure that the quality of the water is good for the fish. For a more natural, greener look, you could put in live or artificial plants. Flowering plants also give a small fountain an attractive look. If you add plants to your fountain, try not to put it in direct sunlight as this could promote the growth of algae.
Fountains can be used to decorate your indoor and outdoor space. They can be done up to suit the décor of your home. You can decorate them as much or as little as you like. You can also be as creative as you want while choosing the fountain accessories. All you have to keep in mind is the size and style of your fountain. So let your imagination run wild while choosing fountain décor.