Staying Healthy – The 6 Fun Ways
Everyone knows that staying healthy requires diet and exercise, sleep and hydration, but what about different habits that will keep you healthy? There are mental and physical tips that will improve your life and keep you from being bored, stuck in a rut, and thinking about sleep all the time.
*Reboot Your Brain. Nodding off for about 20 minutes at work does not mean you are lazy. It means that you are working to reduce stress and enhance memory. A midday nap reverses information overload, according to Harvard University. NASA believes that napping helps you focus and improves your ability to finish tasks. The study also cautions that naps are only a short-term fix and not a substitute for a good night’s sleep. Make sure your power nap is no more than 30 minutes, any longer and you will enter a deep sleep.
*Use melatonin to help synchronize your biological clock. If you need a good night’s sleep to help boost your memory the key is to take melatonin. This is a useful hormone manufactured by the brain and melatonin synchronizes your body’s clock and regulates sleep. It is also a strong antioxidant. Melatonin works with the immune system and prevents depression, cancer, sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular disease. Melatonin is infused by light and dark or day and night. Get lots of light in the day and plenty of dark at night.
*Enjoy the sun. Vitamin D is the vitamin that comes from sunlight. Vitamin D deficiencies cause osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases and cancer,multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.Stand in the sun for as little as 20 minutes, without sunscreen, and early in the morning.
*Food is medicine. Eat a balance diet and develop good eating habits. These are key for keeping your body and brain functioning at optimal levels. Delaying meals to keep working or using a crash or fad diet to lose weight is not good for you body. Staying hungry will make you lose weight, but the weight you lose will be from muscle. You will have an effect on your body if you fad diet. As you stave yourself, muscles will disappear and your body will burn fewer calories. Exercise to build up muscles, burn calories and get thinner.
*Build rest periods into your workout. Exercise and workout routines go hand in hand with diet to control weight. If you find it impossible to schedule a thirty minute block at the gym, try doing exercise in short 10-minute intense exercises of moderate intensity. Do your 10 minutes until it adds up to 30 minutes a day; especially if you are usually sedentary. Try taking a well timed rest in the middle of a long workout session. This will help you burn more fat.
*One last suggestion is to hug your family and friends. The human touch has a very therapeutic physical and mental effect. The University of North Carolina did a study that proves hugging your partner will reduce heart rates and blood pressures. Give someone a hug and stay healthy!