Eyes can become blue with specific diet

This article will introduce a theory that explains why some people who switch to a healthy diet have eyes that change color. From brown, green or grey to blue. This has nothing to do with Aryan or iridology theories that are not supported by science.

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In Asia, they sell whitening products for skin, its active substance is glutathione. A high intake of glutathione antioxidant inhibits melanin synthesis (ref no.1). Melanin is a pigment that colors our skin, hair and eyes. Depending on our genetics and our sun exposure, our skin will be more or less pigmented.

Back to the main topic, though. Some babies are born with deep blue eyes. Then, their eye color becomes brown or stays blue, depending on their genetics. I was born with blue eyes. Then, during childhood, teenage and adulthood, my eyes were green. Since I changed my diet in 2010, my eyes have become blue noticeably. Why?

A study (ref no.2) found that a higher consumption of glutathione decreases melanin production, thereby reducing eye/hair/skin pigmentation.

Which foods contain glutathione ?

Glutathione is a nutrient that tends to be destroyed by cooking. Here is a table from a study (ref no.3):

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Therefore, fresh raw fruits and vegetables are sources of glutathione. Another study (ref no.4) shows that a substantial intake of vitamin C increases glutathione levels.

In a nutshell, here is the answer to your question. Can eyes become blue? It depends on your genetics. If your eyes are originally blue, fresh fruit and vegetables can make your eyes become blue gradually. You do not need to eat 100% raw foods. A plant-based diet that includes raw fruits and vegetables will surely increase your glutathione levels and change your pigmentation to some extent.

References:

  1. Inhibitory mechanism of melanin synthesis by glutathione. Yakugaku Zasshi. 2008 Aug;128(8):1203-7.
  2. Glutathione as an oral whitening agent: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Arjinpathana N, Asawanonda P. J Dermatolog Treat. 2012 Apr;23(2):97-102. doi: 10.3109/09546631003801619. Epub 2010 Jun 5.
  3. Glutathione in foods listed in the National Cancer Institute’s Health Habits and History Food Frequency Questionnaire. Jones DP, Coates RJ, Flagg EW, Eley JW, Block G, Greenberg RS, Gunter EW, Jackson B. Nutr Cancer. 1992;17(1):57-75.
  4. Vitamin C elevates red blood cell glutathione in healthy adults. C S Johnston, C G Meyer, and J C Srilakshmi. The American Society for Clinical Nutrition, The American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, July 1993, vol. 58 no. 1 103-105
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Photography in wild Alsace, France (my home)

Vote for the landscape you like most in the comment section ☘
(All pictures are mine.)

#1 View from the hill behind my house
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#2 Sunset when I was lost in another valley
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#3 Wild end of the Munster valley
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#4 Witch caldrons (Cuve des Fées) on rocks at the Grand Hohnack summit
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#5 Misty passage between rocks (Le sentier des roches)
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#6 A dream place for retirement or a holiday? (Réserve Naturelle Frankenthal-Missheimle)
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#7 A wooden bridge close to that dream house
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#8 Lovely and loud donkeys in front of l’Auberge du Ried
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#9 Sloes. These edible berries are called “prunelle” in French, it means “small plums”. Don’t pick them to early, because they would be to acidic. Wait for the end of Autumn to pick this tiny survival fruit.
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#10 Winter at the Petit Ballon des Vosges
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#11 Ridges
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#12 Morning ray of light in the forest
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#13 This is love (cows near the Wettstein pass)
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#14 Schiessrothried lake
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#15 A cute little bridge somewhere of the way to the Lac du Forlet
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#16 What a view. It feel good to have climbed that.
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#17 Mossy rocks
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#18 Ridges in summer near to the Petit Ballon summit
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#19 Northwest side of the Gaschney mountain
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#20 Rocky path between the Gaschney path and the Schiessrothried inn
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#21 That’s so steep! (Trois Fours area)
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#22 A wild and quiet area (at Shiessrothried inn)
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#23 View from the ridges on the lake
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#24 Can you feel the fresh air just by looking at this ridge picture?
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#25 Back in the Munster valley
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#26 A nap on the moss, anyone?
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How to interpret your dreams without dream dictionaries

Have you ever checked dream dictionaries online in order to understand the meaning of your dreams?

I did, and I rarely got any meaningful explanation. Of course, you can always find one detail that is relevant for you in random woo-woo, but all the rest of the interpretation usually doesn’t make any sense. It makes no sense because we all have different values, symbols and life purposes. I think these dream dictionaries are as irrelevant as horoscope, because there’s neither logic nor science in horoscopes and dream dictionaries. You’ll always find things than match you or please you in fake interpretations. Any good psychologist can make fake paranormal interpretations. Just don’t waste your money in services refuted by science.

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By talking about dreams with my brother over the years systematically, we found out that interpreting dreams was so much simpler than we thought. The answers are within you. Piece of cake! Just ask yourself some simple questions:

• What did you see in your dream and what do these things remind you of? These objects, places, people, animals, etc. are a mix of what you experienced and witnessed in real life lately. That’s completely normal.
• How did you feel as the events unrolled in your dream? Happy? Relaxed? Anxious? Scared? Real life stress, fears, goals and fantasies are mirrored in dreams. Take good note of which dream items struck you emotionally, for they reflect your real struggles or aspirations.
• Did you go to another floor? It symbolizes a change of consciousness level within the dream.
• Did you cross a doorstep? Going to another room is just a complete change of scene.
• Did you use transports or park your vehicle over and over? It simply means you’re dreaming very lightly, close to waking up. It shows you have slept enough and are enjoying some extra sleep.

Have a paper and a pen next to your bed so you can write your dreams immediately after you wake up. Telling your dreams to a close friend or a family member is a good way to understand dreams too. I suggest you practice writing or telling your dreams because this can help make their meaning more obvious.

If you want to improve your chances to remember your dreams, I suggest you read my previous article Lucid dreaming – Best tips.

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Lucid dreaming – Best tips

Here are some steps you can take to start enjoying lucid dreams. I practiced all the tips I list in this article and I’m sure they’ll help you.

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You have probably heard about lucid dreaming before. Here is a brief definition:
A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment.

Some habits will help you have dreams and lucid dreams more often:

  1. Think, read or hear about lucid dreaming during the day or, even better, before sleeping. Focusing more attention on it increases its probability to happen.
  2. Before sleeping, you can plan what you want to dream about and it might work. While dwelling on concerns and sorrows can lead to unpleasant dreams, you can use pre-sleep time wisely instead. If you have to make a major life decision, for instance about your work or your relationship, you can use dreams to reach your subconscious self by asking yourself a specific question before sleeping and you can find the best answer when you dream or wake up.
  3. Avoid alcohol consumption. Alcohol drinking suppresses REM sleep. REM sleep is the portion of sleep when there are rapid eye movements (REMs). Dreams occur during REM sleep. Also avoid drugs in general, as they may make you dream, but not at an actively conscious level.
  4. If you tend to have bad dreams, avoid chocolate. Scientists found that cacao is linked to nightmares. Theobromine present in cacao is a neurotoxin sadly.
  5. Wake up the right way. In my experience, whether you remember dreams or not seems to depend on the way you wake up. Waking up too fast will most likely erase your dream memories. Lying down in bed still is a better way to recall your dreams, this action will help you keep the dream content in your mind.
  6. Lack of sleep is bad for dreaming. Going to bed early helps you have dreams. You’ll also remember dreams better if you don’t enable any alarm clock. If you cannot be late for work in the morning, you’d be surprised that a properly rested body may wake you up before the terrible alarm clock sounds. I usually go to bed at 8 pm.
  7. Get some extra sleep. You can even stay in bed still with closed eyes and fall asleep again. This is when you are going to dream the most and be able to influence the dream more easily.
  8. When you’re dreaming, every time your notice that your dream is weird or unrealistic, like in the movie Inception, don’t stay passive in your dream. This is the right time to become aware you’re in a dream. You can even do a reality test. This exercise takes some practice. Once you’re conscious in your dream, you can choose to lead the action.

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What is a reality test? You can do it anytime, during the day or a dream. Here are some ideas. Look at your own hand. Does it look like yours? Or try to read a newspaper or a poster for example. The letters might stay blur in a dream. If the headline is a clear text, look away and then look at the paper again. Have the words changed? In reality, newspapers or posters don’t change like in Harry Potter movies. If the test has failed, then you’re not awake. Good news, you know you’re in a dream, nothing really matters because it’s not really happening and you can twist the dream unwinding the way you want.

Once you manage to become conscious that you are in a dream and lead the dream quite often, you would want to take this opportunity to choose to fly, dive deep in a lake, have incredible sex, practice music, create any situation or more. Be creative. How awesome can you feel after such great dream? You can even take some dream inspiration back to the real world. Many times I discovered unknown melodies or languages in dreams that were really puzzling when I woke up. Have paper and a pen on your night table so you can draw or write on a paper what you experienced in the dream kingdom.

Lucid dreaming can improve your quality of life. Having great dreams will improve your morning mood. If you tend to have bad dreams, lucid dreaming practice can help you change the dark dreams into something enjoyable. Dreams can also point out things that are wrong in your life and you can choose to divert your life in a better way. Good things happen with more consciousness.

Feel free to share your dreaming experience in the comment section.

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Mouth-watering foods that are actually healthy

Today, I’ll show you a few dishes I cooked at home. All of them are absolutely delicious and good for you. Let me introduce them one by one. These recipes are easy and no not require special skills. Feel free to comment which dishes are the most mouth-watering for you. Are you going to cook one of these meals during the next week?

#1 Oil-free “fries”
The recipe is simple. Coat potato sticks with curry powder and aromatic herbs, then bake them in the oven. I posted this picture first because I think everyone should try this recipe. If you haven’t tasted baked oil-free fries, then you’re missing out big time!
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This is the same recipe with potato slices instead of potato sticks. Adjust the cooking time depending on your oven and the thickness of your slices.
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#2 Guacamole toasts never get old
Preparing fresh guacamole is easy and tastes always better than packaged guacamole. Mash a ripe avocado, add some lime juice, tomato pieces and some spices to your taste, like black pepper, curry or chili powder.
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#3 Gnocchi from heaven
This is simply made of standard gnocchi, canned kidney beans and plant-cream. I also added basil leaves and cooked yellow zucchini. You’ll find plant creams like soy cream, oat cream and rice cream in the organic/dietetic section.
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#4 Yellow and purple sweet potatoes and pumpkin on rice
Put your rice in a bowl, then unmold it on a wide dish. Now you can spread the cooked pieces of sweet potatoes and pumkin over the dish and serve.
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#5 Guess what is the food with multiple weird holes
This is slices of lotus root. I think it looks amazing. I have put many kinds of vegetables in this big bowl, but you can use any vegetables and starches you like instead. Here I cooked rice, lotus root slices, taro root, carrot, corn and pak choy.
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#6 Spring rolls as a refreshing appetizer
Get some rice disks at an Asian shop, soak them for 30 seconds, then garnish them with raw vegetables like: cucumber, carrot, red/yellow bell pepper, mint leaves, lettuce, avocado, tofu. You can dip them in diluted soy sauce.
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#7 Lasagna
This is the most complicated recipe in this page. Follow a standard lasagna recipe, using vegan cheese and vegan cream instead of animal-origin ingredients. Add layers of lasagna pasta, no-meat bolognese (tomato sauce with mushroom and/or tofu), spinach, vegan cheese. Top it with a plant-based bechamel and bake it.
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#8 Glutton pizza
You can’t be wrong with pizza. Feel free adding all the veggies you like, and even starches like potatoes if you like it. I like to have molten vegan cheese or vegan salami, pineapple, potato, black olives, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and oregano on my pizza.
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#9 Buddha bowl
A Buddha bowl consists of a healthy big bowl of legumes, vegetables and starches. The bowl on the picture below includes mashed potatoes, edamame beans (immature soy beans), orange sweet potato, bok choy, cilantro leaves and unknown ball roots.
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#10 Lazy purees
I like to blend stuff. The light yellow puree is made of blend cooked potatoes only. The green puree is a blend of cooked spinach and potatoes. You can add a tiny bit of salt and other spices, according to your taste.
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#11 Assortment of prepared foods… heated at home
A feast without guilt. Here is what I cooked: Bread topped with molten vegan cheese and Provencal herbs, lettuce, cooked eggplant, fried vegetables spring rolls, fried plant balls and corn grains in tomato sauce.
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#12 Rice noodles and pumpkin
This is one one the meals make at least once a week because I think it tastes awesome. I sprinkle it with this mix: 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2-3 tbsp water, ground spices.
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#13 Whole plant foods banquet
Homemade cooked vegetables on this pictures: potatoes, chickpeas, broccoli florets, carrots and tomato sauce made by my mom. It fills your stomach, nourishes your body and doesn’t make you fat.
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I hope you are hungry now 😀

Best FRUIT ART you’ll ever see

Here are some of the favorite fruit art pictures I made during the last years. Some of them required one hour of preparation.

Please say the number of the picture you like most in the comment section. Or feel free to ask what are the fruit is a specific picture. I own all of these pictures.

I’ll do another series with pretty cooked food or food stashes on another day. Stay tuned!

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How to start exercising… and keep doing it

Have you ever thought about starting exercising? Have you already quit sports a few times? Then this article will probably help you be consistent in your workout routine. Exercising comes with health benefits:

“Although dietary changes will take you a long way to being completely healthy, you’ll need some exercise to improve your fitness and sense of well-being. Something as simple as a daily walk can do wonders. Exercise helps you maintain a normal appetite, gives you energy, helps you sleep, improves circulation, digestion, blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels… the list goes on. Changing your diet will help improve your health immensely, but a little exercise can take it to the next level.” Dr John A, McDougall

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Now, let’s see which issues could be stopping you:

• Hate sweating?
• Hate having painful muscles?
• Have a history of knee injuries?
• Not enough free time?
• Not enough money for equipment and protein shakes?
• No energy?
• Very little motivation?
• Get discouraged by your shape vs fit people?
• Get discouraged by your low fitness level?
• Forget to exercise?
• Hate the gym’s atmosphere?
• Don’t know anyone to train with?
• Want effortless muscles?
• Want effortless body fat loss?
• Don’t know where to start?

I think my tips will be useful to you as I have been training consistently 4-7 times a week for 8 years now. I will address each of the aforementioned issues below.

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❒ Hate sweating?
People get health benefits from physical exercise only if they workout hard enough to sweat, according to studies. Sweating is actually good for you. Furthermore, wearing comfortable and aerated sports clothing will make your exercising experience better. If you are still not happy with sweat on your skin, think of it as a temporary thing. After your post-workout shower, you’ll be clean again.

❒ Hate having painful muscles?
Sore muscles can be caused by extremely hard workouts, dehydration or mineral imbalance. You do not have to be in extreme pain to make your workout efficient. Doing hard efforts is good for improving performance, but it may lead to injuries if you do it wrong. Don’t train super hard more than twice a week. Easy training sessions help for recovery, as it helps the lactic acid buildup get out of your sore muscles. Make sure you drink enough water before, during and after your workouts. Our bodies are less efficient when they are dehydrated. Dehydration can also lead to severe health problems. Lastly, avoid taking supplements of isolated minerals (e.g. iron), because it could lead to a detrimental mineral imbalance. Stretching and massages will help your muscles relax.

❒ Have a history of knee injuries?
Knee injuries are mainly caused by excessive practice of high-impact sports like soccer and running. The solution is to spend less time on high-impact sports or to pick a low-impact sport like swimming, cycling, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, tai chi, rollerblading, hiking or water aerobics. An inflammatory diet and bad postures can also cause joint pain.

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❒ Not enough free time?
Everyone has at least 20-60 minutes of free time every day. You can free up time in your weekly schedule by dropping some of the following activities: pointless tasks, boring meetings, scrolling on your digital screen like a zombie, wiping dry your dishes (air-drying is great), shopping for more clothes, long meal preparation (healthy meals are made quickly), etc. If you still think you can’t find free time for exercising, then consider riding a bicycle, running or walking as a means of transport instead of using a car or a motorbike. If that last tip doesn’t work for you, then it seems that getting in shape is the lowest priority at the moment. Only you can decide to change how you prioritize your daily activities.

❒ Not enough money for equipment and protein shakes?
This is a common misconception fed by protein shake sellers. Protein is actually so easy to get in any whole food that it is not a factor in the choice of a diet. Even fruit and white rice have enough protein. Excess animal protein is bad for your health, as it exhausts the kidneys and creates inflammation in the body. What about male bodybuilders? Buying protein supplements is still a waste of money. Famous bodybuilders with impressive muscles will never tell you which juice they are on, they’d rather tell that their secret lies in the protein powders they sell.

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❒ No energy?
Time to eat enough and right. Time to hydrate properly too. Also consider quitting drinking coffee and tea, as they decrease your iron assimilation and drag you deeper and deeper into a pithole of low energy. Also, low reserves of glycogen (carbohydrates stored in muscles) equals low energy, low libido, little motivation and low attention. Listen to your body when it comes to carbs. Nobody ever thrived on a low-carb diet long-term.

❒ Very little motivation?
In order to have body results and health benefits from exercising, you need to have a consistent routine. And this requires motivation. Consider training in a group or download a fitness app/sports social media like Strava. Positive social interaction improves motivation. If it still does not work for you, then you may be doing the wrong sport. It is paramount to enjoy your workout. Being bored takes away motivation. Making your training fun will definitely improve your motivation. Try to make a game out of your training session, or try other sports until you find something you enjoy.

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❒ Get discouraged by your shape vs fit people?
If comparing yourself with super fit people is an issue, then stop watching them and stop being too harsh on yourself. All you have to care about is becoming a better version of yourself. Getting fit takes times. Start small. Have reasonable goals.

❒ Get discouraged by your low fitness level?
If you never start exercising, then you will always stay the way you are now, or even worse. If you are genuinely willing to look after yourself, then you will make a life-changing decision now. If you have never exercised, then you’ll have to start from the bottom. If you’re doing things in a sustainable way, then it will work. If you never get the result you desire, it is time to try a different strategy (diet, sport, rest…). You have to accept to start small and have gradual improvements with time.

❒ Forget to exercise?
Forgetting things could be due to a high-stress lifestyle, lack of sleep, alcohol consumption and too busy timetables. You can work on improving these issues for your own good and then, it’s time to set reminders on your computer or your phone. Once you organize your schedule better, you will get more things done.

❒ Hate the gym’s atmosphere?
You don’t have to train in a gym. You can do it at home or do outdoors training if your environment allows it. If you really want it, you will make it happen. If there is nature close to your place, then you could enjoy the nice clean air and landscape to train in.

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❒ Don’t know anyone to train with?
You could be a fitness inspiration for your existing friends down the road. Meanwhile, you can find a group by joining sports clubs or download a fitness app/sports social media like Strava to have more stimulating social interaction. Eventually some people you interact with will become your friends.

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❒ Want effortless muscles?
Only silicon implants will do the job then. But they will not make you strong nor healthy. Little effort and steroids could lead to muscles. I do not recommend any of these options. You don’t have to suffer to be in shape. Doing things right will make it easier for you.

❒ Want effortless body fat loss?
Exercise is a minor factor while diet is the main factor for a low body fat percentage. Restriction works in the short-term only. A healthy diet will give you lasting results. I will tackle the diet topic in later articles.

❒ Don’t know where to start?
Find your sport, start training modestly at least once a week, listen to your body and make it fun.

Let me know if these tips work for you or if you have additional tips for a sustainable and efficient exercising routine.

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