EAT & STAY HEALTHY DUR­ING VA­CA­TION

dur­ing your va­ca­tion

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in Nige­ria, most of us are look­ing for­ward to the long va­ca­tion break so as to get well re­laxed and have fun. Well, with the eco­nomic crunch presently in Nige­ria, few of us dare to think of go­ing on a va­ca­tion out­side the coun­try. But hey, don’t feel bad, who says we can’t re­lax and have fun here in Nige­ria.

You can live a healthy lifestyle while catch­ing all the fun and re­lax­ing. Re­mem­ber we need to look good this va­ca­tion, you wouldn’t want to feel all bloated up af­ter all the hol­i­day­ing.

Here are ways to stay healthy this sum­mer:

Eat break­fast: Break­fast is very es­sen­tial and most im­por­tant meal of the day. It aids in main­tain­ing a healthy weight. Healthy break­fast should in­clude: pro­tein, whole grains, diary, fruit and veg­eta­bles but low in salt and sat­u­rated fats.

Wa­ter: Tak­ing lots of wa­ter can boost your en­ergy, main­tain hy­dra­tion, aid weight loss, en­er­gise mus­cles, pro­mote healthy look­ing skin, flushes kid­neys of tox­ins and aids healthy bowel move­ment. So why not take wa­ter on the go!

Take a walk: Do you want to burn more calo­ries and stay heart-healthy? All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and get to walk! Walk­ing burns about four calo­ries a minute and science says they add up to take weight off and keep it off. Healthy Snack­ing: Eat­ing healthy snacks shouldn’t be com­pli­cated, whether we like it or not we tend to crave for snacks. Who says we can’t snack up? Get healthy snacks like gra­nola bars, al­mond nuts, cashew nuts, ground­nuts or peanut just as you like it.

Make use of a kitchen: Cook­ing your food at home with friends or fam­ily is just the best, that way you cook the right food just as you de­sire and have a bal­anced diet. Guess what? When you cook with peo­ple around, you tend to bond and laugh which is also soul­ful to your body.

MAKE USE OF YOUR BLENDER: Try play around with cer­tain herbs, veg­gies and fruits this sea­son like your ginger, cin­na­mon, nut­meg, nuts, av­o­cado, mango, honey and any­thing healthy you can think of. Just get handy in­gre­di­ents that are in the sea­son at the mo­ment and blend it!

Dance! Dance! Dance: Try re­lax­ing by tak­ing up a dance class it could be salsa, aer­o­bic and meringue. Dance is a fun way to ex­er­cise and keep your en­tire body healthy.

I am sure with these lit­tle tips we would have a fun filled, healthy va­ca­tion. So go out there and start liv­ing healthy.

and 19 other state gov­er­nors, the Ooni of Ife and other Yoruba chief­tains, Am­bas­sadors from var­i­ous African coun­tries in­clud­ing Ghana and South Africa, etc, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Nige­rian Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, Dr. Sally Mbanefo, over and many oth­ers.

Dr. Mbanefo praised the fes­ti­val as a good boost to tourism in Ogun state and Nige­ria as a whole, in­di­cat­ing that there is a wealth of cul­ture in­her­ent in Yoruba­land and Nige­ria to rouse cul­tural tourism. She puts for­ward:

“The suc­cess of the Drums Fes­ti­val 2016 is a clear in­di­ca­tion that if cul­tural tourism is wellde­vel­oped and pro­moted in Nige­ria, we will have labyrinth of tourists’ foot­falls, which will greatly boost the na­tion’s econ­omy and cre­ate huge em­ploy­ment and em­pow­er­ment in the com­mu­ni­ties where the tourist sites and cul­tural fes­ti­vals are lo­cated. It will in­ter­est you that the crowd-pulling car­ni­vals in Nige­ria are so much that you can’t fin­ish writ­ing about them.”

Head­line per­for­mances in­cluded a grand de­liv­ery by Ara, the fe­male talk­ing drum player; Aanu, a fe­male Ekwe player who led her band and cap­ti­vated the au­di­ence with her Ekwe - a wooden per­cus­sion orig­i­nat­ing from Eastern Nige­ria; a 40-man drum­mer band called Unique Fin­gers; an amaz­ing show of youth­ful dex­ter­ity by a woman in her 80’s, Iyalaje, who danced through the en­tire per­for­mance of the Oluw­eri cul­tural group; a mas­quer­ade dis­play to usher in the world’s tallest drums among many other cul­tural groups.

The cli­max was the un­veil­ing of the world’s tallest drums mea­sur­ing 16 and 17 feet by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

The Xy­lo­phone is an­other wooden per­cus­sion in­stru­ment used to ac­com­pany the drums in some per­for­mances.

Olo Omi­dan Bata dis­plays sheer dex­ter­ity with her tire­less per­for­mance.

Aanu (Lady Ekwe) thrills the au­di­ence with her en­er­getic per­for­mance. The Ekwe is a per­cus­sion in­stru­ment from Eastern Nige­ria.

Drums are usu­ally made out of wood, fas­tened with leather hide and adorned with var­i­ous em­bel­lish­ments

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