Banishing bad habits and converting them to good ones is not easy. As Mark Twain once wrote, “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs one step at a time.” But how do we coax the bad habit down the stairs and out the door while encouraging the new one up the stairs and into the parlour? Changing a habit takes several concrete steps; you cannot just make a proclamation about your weight or introversion and expect that it will come to pass.
The amount and quality of sleep you get any given night really sets the tone of the following day. When we’re well-rested, our minds and bodies just seem to work better. When we’re really tired, everything’s harder. We get cranky, can’t focus, and sometimes get sick. Skimping on sleep long term can interfere with pretty much every aspect of your health from your skin to your immune system, to your ability to maintain a healthy weight.
It’s autumn which means it’s time to bust out the soup and casserole recipes and pull on your favourite chunky jumper. But it also means adjusting workouts to take into account the changing environment. Investing in new cold weather workout gear is great, but the days are getting shorter too, and that means you might have to change your workout schedule to make sure you’re staying safe AND motivated. Below are a few tips to assist in keeping you moving and motivated:
A well-crafted to-do list acts as a guiding light for your day. It helps you overcome feelings of being overwhelmed, and reduces anxiety around whether you’re being productive throughout the day. To-do lists come in all shapes and sizes—it’s all about what works for you as an individual. The below method is one method that might work for you; it’s up to you to decide what to implement into your own planning system.
Although exercise is already known to reduce type 2 diabetes risk, a new study brings additional detail. Using data from more than 1 million participants across four continents, researchers measured the precise benefits of exercise.
As far as exercise and diabetes are concerned, the more, the better.
Aside from maintaining a healthy diet, science says regular exercise is one of the best ways to slow down the natural aging process. Of course, chronic or obsessive exercise patterns can end up causing more harm to the body than good, so it’s important to find the right balance. Exercise alone can’t fix a lifestyle filled with stress, alcohol, smoking, poor food choices and other unhealthy habits. Generally, however, exercise provides health-boosting effects that affect how your body ages in a multitude of ways, which we will outline below.
Anterior pelvic tilt is a big issue these days with a large proportion of society having office based jobs, long periods of time sitting in the car and watching TV! This condition can cause lower back issues, hamstring tightness and have a knock on effect up the kinetic chain creating mid back pain and even neck pain and headaches.
Watching TV for extended periods can cause lower back pain even in active women, an Australian study has found.
The research, undertaken by Melbourne's Monash University, found that watching TV was a factor in lower back pain for women, but not men.
Using data from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, along with a questionnaire to uncover lifestyle factors, the study also found little evidence connecting physical activity levels to back pain intensity.
Exercising for more than 12 hours a week gives the best protection against heart attacks, strokes, cancer and diabetes.
- 12 hours is five times higher than the minimum activity suggested by the British Government and the World Health Organisation
- Official guidelines fall well short of a truly healthy lifestyle, they say
- But others argue health guidance has to be realistic, with some polls suggesting 44 per cent of people in Britain do no regular exercise at all.
You’ve tried every diet you have heard of, deprived yourself of treats for days on end and stretched your body with all kinds of exercise regimens. But you still can’t seem to lose weight. Have you checked if you’re getting enough sleep? Numerous studies and surveys suggest that a large proportion of society don’t get enough sleep. Blame it on hectic schedules, multiple demands on limited resources and the tendency to sacrifice sleep in order to meet all these targets. Either way, your mind and body are suffering the consequences, and weight gain is the most obvious fallout.
We all know that to stay healthy we should do more cardio exercise, but it seems that the benefits of lifting weights may have been under-rated.
Any time there are guidelines on a healthy lifestyle they tell us we should be walking, running or jogging more, but new scientific thinking has suggested that building muscle may be just as important.