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8 Simple Eye Exercises To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

8 Simple Eye Exercises To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

We exercise our arms, legs, abs, and even our behinds, but have you ever thought of exercising your eyes? Any eye doctor will tell you that it is good to keep your eyes healthy, and doing some simple exercises is a great way to improve the health of your eyes. Some exercises will improve vision, others will help people with tired or strained eyes, and still others will correct a lazy eye or blurred vision. Here are some very simple eye exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home:

1. You Can Keep Your Eyes Healthy By Closing Them

    There’s a bit more to this one, but even if you just made sure you slept an appropriate amount of time each night, your eye health would imporove! However, for this exercise you will also need to use your fingers.

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    1. Close your eyes
    2. Place a couple of fingers over each eyelid
    3. Press lightly for 2 seconds then release (Make sue you don’t press too hard!)
    4. Repeat 5 to 10 times
    5. Allow your eyes to re-adjust to the light once repetitions are finished

    2. Rolling Your Eyes Will Improve Eye Health

      Rolling your eyes is something you do when annoyed, but if done properly, it can help to improve your vision.

      1. Roll your eyes slowly to the left in a circle
      2. Repeat 5 to 10 times
      3. Roll your eyes slowly to the right in a circle
      4. Repeat 5 to 10 times

      3. Look to the Side

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        We look to the right and left all the time, but you may be turning your head more than using your eyes to do this, and your eyes still need this exercise to function better.

        1. Sit or stand still for this exercise
        2. Look as far right as you can (but don’t put too much strain on your eyes)
        3. Hold your gaze for 5 to 10 seconds
        4. Look to the far left
        5. Hold your gaze for 5 to 10 seconds
        6. Look back to the center for a second or 2
        7. Repeat this exercise 10 times

        4. Go Cross-Eyed

          Trying to look cross-eyed can be a bit painful, and is something that is usually done to make people laugh. But when you did it as a prank, you were actually improving your vision!

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          1. Pick an slender object like a pen to focus on
          2. Hold the object at arm’s length, in front of your face
          3. Bring the object towards your nose, slowly while keeping both eyes on it
          4. After it reaches your nose, slowly move it back to arm’s length
          5. Repeat 5 to 10 times

          5. The Surprised Look Will Keep Your Eyes Healthy

            You know that wide-eyed look people have when they are shocked or surprised about something? It turns out that this look is actualy good for eye health.

            1. Squint your eyes as if trying to se something far away
            2. Keep your eyes squinted for 5 seconds
            3. Open your eyes as wide as you can
            4. Keep your eyes open for 5 seconds
            5. Repeat 10 times

            6. Use Your Hands to Heat Your Eyes

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              If you’ve ever been annoyed by constantly seeing those “floaters” that come up when your eyes are strained or tired, you will want to try this exercise:

              1. Rub the bottom part of your palms together to heat up the skin
              2. Press (lightly) your palms over your closed eyes
              3. Hold for 5 seconds
              4. Repeat 5 times

              7. Refocusing Will Relieve Eye Strain

                So many people work on computers now, and it’s no secret that computer screens can really strain the eyes. If you find your eyes getting tired, or the images on your screen going a bit blurry, it is a good time to do this exercise.

                1. Look away from your screen
                2. Pick an object 10 feet away from you and an object 25 to 30 feet away from you (make sure both are somewhat in line with each other)
                3. Facing the objects you’ve chosen, put your thumb in front of your face, at arm’s length and focus on that
                4. Put your thumb down and look at the object that is 10 feet away from you
                5. Now switch to the object that is 25 to 30 feet away
                6. Work backwards from there and look at the object 10 feet away
                7. Put your thumb back in front of your face and focus on it at arm’s length
                8. Repeat this process 5 to 10 times

                8. Close Your Eyes – For Real

                  If your job requires you to stare at a screen for 8 hours, or you haven’t been getting enough sleep, or your eyes are just overworked, sometimes the best “exercise” to improve your eye health is closing them for a few minutes. Even if you are not able to go to sleep, just the act of resting your eyes will help relieve any strain on your eyes.

                  1. Turn off your monitor and turn your chair away from any bright lights
                  2. Lean back in your chair, or put a small pillow under your head for support
                  3. Close your eyes
                  4. Leave eyes closed for 5 to 10 minutes
                  5. Repeat twice per day

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                  Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                  How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                  How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                  When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                  So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                  1. Exercise

                  It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                  2. Drink in Moderation

                  I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                  3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                  Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                  4. Watch Less Television

                  A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                  Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                  5. Eat Less Red Meat

                  Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                  If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                  6. Don’t Smoke

                  This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                  7. Socialize

                  Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                  8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                  Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                  9. Be Optimistic

                  Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                  10. Own a Pet

                  Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                  11. Drink Coffee

                  Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                  12. Eat Less

                  Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                  13. Meditate

                  Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                  Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                  14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                  Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                  15. Laugh Often

                  Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                  16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                  Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                  17. Cook Your Own Food

                  When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                  Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                  18. Eat Mushrooms

                  Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                  19. Floss

                  Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                  20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                  Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                  Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                  21. Have Sex

                  Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                  Reference

                  [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                  [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                  [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                  [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                  [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                  [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                  [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                  [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                  [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                  [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                  [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                  [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                  [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                  [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                  [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                  [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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