Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning the kitchen and kickboxing.
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There’s nothing quite like a home cooked meal made from the freshest handpicked ingredients cooked in the heart of your very own kitchen. This is your domain where you have absolute quality control. No artificial flavorings, no preservatives, just good quality oils, spices and veggies. Yet surprisingly, fewer and fewer people are taking the time to cook in the kitchen. According to a recent study, consumption of foods prepared outside the home or takeout as we fondly refer to it has increased 100% over a ten-year period. Even those who do choose to eat at home are buying 53% more processed food than a decade earlier. If you want to get back into the kitchen and regain those cooking skills, here are a few handy tips. Keep knives ultra sharp and sharpen up your chopping technique to avoid cuts and splices. Dress for safety. No loose fitting bathrobes or gowns, wear something non-flammable and keep and extinguisher handy. Clean floors and surfaces regularly of any built up grease, these ignite and burn rapidly. Avoid reaching over the stove for ingredients, store them safely away in another area. Before you know it, you’ll be savoring every mouthful of that amazing culinary masterpiece thanking yourself for the time taken in the kitchen. Unfortunately, there’s always the post masterpiece mess. Household sponges and clothes can harbor nasty molds and bacteria. A recent study proved that zapping a dish cloth in the microwave for one minute killed all the harmful bacteria. Still, be sure to change clothes regularly. Don’t become a national takeout statistic. Make friends with your kitchen. In the late 1950’s, a full contact karate competition was held between karate practitioners and Thai boxers in Japan. The legendary match sparked the birth of kickboxing which is today practiced all over the world. Today’s kickboxing borrows much from western boxing and various martial arts. A full contact sport, competitors are sure to protect themselves well with mouth, hand and groin guards. Female kickboxers have special check protectors too. It’s a fantastic way to keep feared, learn a self defense technique and develop self confidence through a competition and a great way to release tension. Joy Ali: One of the reasons why I took kickboxing is because my lifestyle can be a little bit stressing with deadlines, working with clients and—so I thought kickboxing is definitely one way to reduce that stress because when you’re kickboxing, you have to learn to relax your whole body. When you’re punching and you’re tense, you can actually feel your muscles aching. So you have to learn to relax while you’re kickboxing. As you learn to jab, cross and hook with your arms, and hook kick and roundhouse with your legs, you’ll be burning 600 calories an hour. You’ll trim down and shape up in no time. If it all looks a little too full contact for you, there are light contact and semi contact versions that may be more your kickboxing style. Most accidents occur in the home and most of those are in the kitchen. Keep a first aid kit nearby.