5 Underrated Health Practices
5 Underrated Health practices
Getting enough sleep – Most of us do not get enough of it according to standards set by research. About 35% of Americans do not get more than 7 hours of sleep. This leaves the population at risk for conditions such as depression, heart attacks or at risk for coronary heart disease to name a few. In this digital age, it seems to be getting harder and harder to turn off our digital release. Especially when it comes to adjusting our sleep pattern, we must wage war against our digital devices. That means no TV, no Instagram or Facebook as well as no Netflix at bedtime. We need to help our body shutdown properly in order to maximize our sleep. To put this into practice, leave your phone on do not disturb and flip it over 20 minutes before going to bed. Also, no TV, so pick up a book or pick an activity that will allow your body to shut down properly to empower your sleep. Or you can also try to take a power nap if possible, 20 minutes can give effects of a full night’s sleep in some instances.
Preparing our own foods – When we prepare our own foods, we have control over of what and how much goes into it. For instance, if we need more non-starchy carbohydrates, then we have the power to add more vegetables like broccoli, rather than scoop out a big spoon of rice. By controlling our own meals, we can easily tailor our consumption to fit our needs and goals. It also makes for a fun activity to perform with your kids and your significant others and can help strengthen your relationship while also teaching them life skills.
Regularly playing new sports or get outdoors in general – When we’re kids, we are told to go outside and play, but have you ever heard someone say that to an adult. Almost 100% of the time the answer would be no. We are conditioned to work lucrative hours, go home and take care of our kids and homes or that you can only workout in a gym. Funny thing about kids is that they are ALWAYS full of energy, yet us as adults with access to such things as coffee and energy drinks can never seem to match the energy of a child. How could this be? Well let’s look at Newton’s first law. “Newton’s first law states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force.“ In simpler terms, a body at rest will stay at rest while a body in motion will stay in motion. So get out there and play a sport, better yet, play a different sport, one that requires movement in all directions. Your body will love you for it.
Mindset Practice – Practicing a mindfulness routine can help your health in many ways. One of the biggest ones is that you can control your emotions in almost any type of situation. Keeping our composure can alleviate stressful situations, allow for reasonable outcomes and create a more balanced space at your place of work or in your relationships. Associated with high stress situations are elevated blood pressures, which will hurt our health in the long run because of the need for the heart to pump harder and strain more. High levels of stress can also affect our cortisol levels, which we need to try and regulate especially when we are trying to lose weight. Now this is only one example, however there are many others. To put into practice, when you encounter a stressful situation, take a deep breath and try to not blow up. Adjust your reaction to determining the issue and then work through the process to find out how we solve it. Also, a meditation for 10 minutes in the morning/night can help you improve your mindfulness.
Drinking enough water – Seems like a layup, especially with all of the research that shows why you need to be drinking more water. However, in today’s world, we still have a population that doesn’t drink enough water. Remember, you can survive for longer without food than you can without water. I hope now you can see the importance. Easy way to calculate your water intake needs is to take your weight and divide it by 2 and that’s how many Ounces of water you should be drinking per day. To put into practice, drink a glass when you wake up, one midway through the morning, one at lunch, one when you get home and one at dinner.
Hope you enjoyed these health tips, now get out there and reclaim your health!
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