A Family-Friendly Guide to Staying Fit and Healthy During the Pandemic

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When you exercise, you tend to feel better — and the same goes for your kids. When gyms and fitness centers are closed or operating at a reduced capacity, you may start feeling more stressed, and your kids may begin to feel a little more bored. If you’re still stuck at home due to the pandemic, those feelings can be even more intense for your family. So, how can you make things better? Shanti Mom For One shares some family-friendly health and fitness resources to try.

Family Fitness Fun

There are plenty of incredible ways to get moving as a family, regardless of whether you’re staying inside or getting outside these days.

  • If you are still isolating at home, check out some family-friendly exercise activities online.
  • Spend some time playing fun and active games at home with your family.
  • Depending on local restrictions, you can also get outside for exercise with your family.
  • Just be sure to stay safe if you do plan on taking your family outside for some fun.

Fun Workouts for Adults

Sometimes, you just need some alone time in order to burn off some stress. Fortunately, exercising solo at home has never been easier.

  • Check out YouTube fitness channels for some home workout inspiration.
  • You can also use a home fitness app to keep yourself moving and in shape.
  • Just be sure to find ways to keep kids occupied during your home sweat sessions.
  • And keep clutter to a minimum to help reduce stress, anxiety, and negative energy.

Engaging Exercise for Kids

There may also be times when you need to get your kids moving while you work on other tasks, and luckily, there are countless ways to do so.

  • If you want to create healthy habits for your kids, schedule in some at-home exercise.
  • Put on some kid-oriented fitness videos to keep them moving.
  • Or you can find ways to keep your kids active without leaving your family’s backyard.
  • Just be sure that your kids drink plenty of water if they plan on exercising at home.

Whole-Body Health

Exercise is essential for your well-being but to maximize those benefits you also need to work on improving other health and wellness habits.

  • If you want to boost your well-being, start with healthy lifestyle goals like eating better.
  • Of course, you may need to find ways to eat healthy on a budget with your family.
  • You should also schedule a rest day between your home and family workouts.
  • Also, be sure that your family gets quality sleep during the coronavirus crisis.

Working out can help your family work out feelings of stress and boredom. So whether you are still sticking close to home or stepping outside more these days, make fitness a priority for you and your little ones. Then you can stay fit and healthy until your favorite gym opens again!

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A Glass of Wine a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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A Glass of Wine a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but here at Mile High Wine Tours, we prefer the lesser-known saying, “a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away.” According to scientists and health professionals, drinking a glass of wine a day (and they don’t mean a glass that holds the entire bottle) can have a lasting benefit on your health. These benefits may not have the impact on one person that they have on another, and if you go above the moderate, daily intake, it may hurt you. Moderation is a key in every aspect of life, and that’s no different than wine.

In order to get a better sense of wine and its impact on our health, researchers have studied men and women, drinkers and non-drinkers, over the course of several years. These studies can range anywhere from 16 years or more to less than five, depending on the specific study. For example, researchers studying the heart have longer research period while those researching cognitive function and memory function can do so in an afternoon through a quiz.


Heart Benefits

Who doesn’t love the idea that drinking wine can benefit your heart health? It sure makes my heart happy. Scientists and health professionals have studied the effects that wine has on your heart for decades. Resveratrol (an antioxidant found in grape skins) and flavonoids are antioxidants found in red wine have been found to be beneficial for your heart. According to the American Heart Association, “Alcohol or some substances such as resveratrol found in alcoholic beverages may prevent platelets in the blood from sticking together. That may reduce clot formation and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.” The Mayo Clinic also supports this theory; the antioxidants in alcohol may help prevent blood clots and coronary artery disease, which is the condition that leads to heart attacks. There are also antioxidants in red wine called polyphenol, which, “may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart” (Mayo Clinic). It is also believed that the antioxidants raise the level of HDL (High-density lipoprotein)

Cholesterol; this is the “good” cholesterol that removes the bad cholesterol (Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)) from your bloodstream.

Lowers Risk of…

Along with the possibility of lowering heart disease, moderate wine consumption can lead to lower risks of stroke, Type 2 diabetes, cognitive awareness, and cancer. As Health Magazine and Tedd Goldfinger, DO, at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, explain, “wine helps prevent clots and reduce blood vessel inflammation, both of which have been linked to cognitive decline and heart disease.” For women, there have been links to lowering your chance of ovarian cancer, and for men, it can lower your chances of prostate cancer. According to Health Magazine, “experts suspect this may be due to antioxidants or phytoestrogens, which have high anticancer properties and are prevalent in wine.” A recent study at the University of Michigan showed that “a red wine compound helped kill ovarian cancer cells in a test tube.” In studies done by Harvard Medical and Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center, moderate wine drinkers are at a 30-40% less chance of having Type 2 diabetes. “Wine seems to reduce insulin resistance in diabetic patients,” adds Health Magazine.


The effect of these healthy benefits is it may lead to a chance of longevity. This isn’t to say that by drinking wine, you’ll find yourself in a Tuck Everlasting situation, but we’ve all seen those interviews with people who reach the age of one hundred and when asked how they got there, they said it was wine.

With all that being said, excessive drinking can lead to an increase risk in all of the above, and a horrible wine hangover the next morning. Steve Allsop, director of the National Drug Research Institute at Calvin University in Australia, has been doing research regarding wine and hangovers. According to an article from the Today Show, Allsop says that congeners (elements in alcoholic drinks that give flavor and color) that have higher levels tend to impact you worse. There are a few different parts of wine that can lead to a bad hangover, specifically with red wine. Red wine usually contains a higher alcohol percentage than white wine; it also contains more tannins than white wine. “Some cheap wines might have added tannins (compounds in grape skins), or synthetic tannins… which can interfere with serotonin levels and make your hangover feel worse,” explained Allsop to Today. So if you’re looking to try to curb that next-morning hangover, try a white wine, one that is lighter in color.

While the government requires a warning on all wine labels that the wine contains sulfites (this is only required in the United States and Australia) they are not as bad as one may assume. According to WineFolly, the government is required to put a warning if the sulfites are above 10 parts per million. If you have asthma, the sulfites are more likely to have an impact on you because of increased sulfite sensitivity. That being said, sulfites are a part of wine; you can’t have wine without sulfites. Sulfites are in the wine to act as a preserver. “Sulfur started to be used in winemaking (instead of just cleaning wine barrels) in the early 1900’s to stop bacteria and other yeasts from growing,” explains WineFolly. However, the amount of sulfites in wine is determined by the wine itself. Wines with more color (such as red wines) don’t need as much sulfur and wines with lower acidity need more sulfites.

Though there are certainly benefits, it’s best to not start drinking simply because it may be beneficial to your health. As with everything we intake, different people will experience different reactions; we recommend reaching out to your doctor before changing your consumption habits. Now don’t get us wrong, we love our wine here and would never discourage your enjoyment of it, just remember: everything in moderation.

And if you are ever in the Denver, Colorado area try Mile High Wine Tours.  We pride ourselves on the highest quality service and an exceptional experience on our Denver wine tasting tours.

Our group guided wine tours provide an intimate, yet social way to experience and taste the best that Denver urban wineries have to offer. You’ll visit a few charming, hidden gem wineries with your own private driver. Let our expert tour guides show you each winery as you enjoy delightful gourmet food and taste Colorado’s best wines. Indulge in an ever-changing selection of intimate urban wineries. The wine tours are ideal for individual, couples, and groups of friendly people.

Wine tastings at the wineries are included. Additional tastings, wine glasses or bottles are available at an extra charge. Our tours usually last 3 to 5 hours, depending on the number of wineries we visit.