How to fight everyday stress

How to fight everyday stress

The world we live in today is extremely fast-paced and busy.   It is no surprise that so many of us feel the full effects of stress on a daily basis! But there are things we can do to start living a healthier and happier lifestyle.   Prioritise important activities Sometimes, it can be hard to balance work and private life. If you don’t value priorities, you can make your life more difficult in the long run. By deciding which of the upcoming tasks that need completing are most important, you can make sure that things are done on time and to the best quality possible. Finding that balance means you shouldn’t have to overwhelm yourself with work or with or with plans that you’ve made. Plan more If you want your life to feel easier as you go through it, learn to organise your time. Whether it’s just the next day, the next week or even the next month – knowing what to expect when you enter a new day decreases your anxieties and allows you to avoid stressing over small details. Talk to people about how you are feeling There is absolutely no shame in seeking help when you’re under a lot of stress. If you just try to deal with it yourself you may just escalate the problem or develop unhealthy coping mechanisms. If stress is seriously taking a toll on your life, find someone to confide in. This can be a doctor, counsellor, friends or family! It is not uncommon to have insecurities or to feel like things are getting on top of you. Find...
What can the sauna do for you?

What can the sauna do for you?

Looks after your brain One of the most effective benefits of visiting the sauna is the increase in blood flow. It helps your body in numerous ways. Not only does it help your body but also, your brain! In fact, studies have shown to link saunas with lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. So far, it has not been confirmed whether it is simply the sauna protecting your neurocognitive function or purely the enjoyment and satisfaction the experience brings that prevents and delays cognitive diseases. It could even be both! The important thing to remember is the benefits are real and you should absolutely make the most of them.   Improves your lifespan Numerous studies have shown that regular visits to the sauna have connections with a low risk of an early death – specifically in men! This is partially to do with the benefits of the social side of the sauna. Spending time and bonding with others provides health benefits in itself. But as well as this, the blood pumping effects it provides make a serious difference to your overall health. Along with the length of your life, the quality of it also welcomes improvements. The sauna provides an amazing level of meditation and relaxation that can help to wipe away your stresses.   Helps to soothe chronic conditions People who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders have experienced notable improvements to their conditions after visiting the sauna on a regular basis. Some of the disorders that have shown signs of easing are arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and fibromyalgia. Sufferers of chronic headaches have also reported improvements to their condition after...
How to use your body to workout from home

How to use your body to workout from home

As much as we all like to try and stick to a consistent workout routine, attending classes and going to the gym as often as we can is not always possible. It’s important that we know how we can use what we have naturally when all else fails. Your body is the perfect piece of workout equipment! The list of different exercises you can perform without any other apparatus is virtually endless. Here are a few simple yet effective exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home… Start off simple Let’s begin with squats. This easy exercise has full-body benefits – it’s not just for your legs! By helping to improve your physique, they eventually aid in creating a faster metabolism, helping to burn even more fat in the long run. Also, as well as significantly improving your posture, squats also help to trim and tone your entire body, including your buttocks! Now we move on to pelvic thrusts. This exercise is great for your glutes. It improves the strength, shape, size and power of the muscles. It also helps to strengthen the lower back and legs while again, helping with posture. Along with this, it also brings a number of health benefits like bladder and bowel control and sexual and social confidence. Staying on the floor, we then turn to bicycle crunches. You will find that this exercise works the upper, middle and lower part of your abs – an extremely comprehensive workout. It simultaneously works several of your upper and lower body muscles as you engage almost your entire body while you keep on...
How to work out in the heat

How to work out in the heat

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink   Staying hydrated in the heat is vital at the best of times but especially while you’re working out. Of course, being hotter, you’re going to sweat a lot more and lose more fluid.   When you feel thirsty, it generally means you are already somewhat dehydrated. You want to target the potential problem before you need to fix it.   Before exercising, you should be consuming at least one glass of water. During the activity itself, try to hydrate yourself every 15 minutes; minimum. Don’t stop once you have finished your workout – your body will still require a top-up of fluids for the rest of the day.   The sun shouldn’t always make you change your routine, so if you plan on doing a long or intense workout, you’re best to keep a sports drink on hand. Drinking these will replace any salt and other electrolytes that are lost through sweating.   Time your exercise wisely   Temperatures tend to reach their peak at around midday or early afternoon.   The earlier or later you can get yourself ready to go, the cooler the temperature should be. While it’s cooler, any type of exercise should be much more bearable.   Take more breaks   Whatever you do, do NOT push yourself in extreme heats.   If at any point you feel like you need a break, just take it. You will have goals and targets but you are even less likely to reach or maintain those if you suffer a heat-related illness.   Stay out of direct sunlight   If...
What are the health benefits of yoga?

What are the health benefits of yoga?

Traditional and conventional forms of exercise aren’t always for everyone. If you’ve never been into running, it can be hard to build stamina and enjoy different forms of cardiovascular exercise. Weight training can also be somewhat intimidating if you completely new to the idea. Yoga is a great alternative option. It provides all the health benefits but it’s much easier to get into. You can take it all at your own pace and take on a whole new lifestyle. So what are the health benefits? Decreasing stress Studies have shown that regular yoga sessions can decrease the body’s production of cortisol. Cortisol is the main stress hormone. It has also been shown to help reduce fatigue, anxiety and depression – all things that can lead to stress on the mind and body. Improving heart health During a yoga session, the blood gets flowing around the body. The relaxing nature of this type of workout helps with circulation and gets more oxygen to the cells. As well as this, it boosts both haemoglobin and red blood cells. These are essential for distributing oxygen to the tissues. This thins the blood, decreasing the chance of blood clots. Thinner blood means there is less of a chance of heart attacks and strokes. Strengthening bones As a weight-bearing exercise, your bones naturally increase in strength along with your muscles. Not only this but the ability to lower levels of cortisol can keep calcium in the bones. Calcium is a necessity in our body. It regularly replaces itself in a remodelling process, so we must always keep this mineral in our system. Encouraging a...