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5 Super Unconventional Health Choices That Will Help You Get Results

5 Super Unconventional Health Choices That Will Help You Get Results

We’ve all heard the typical workout and diet tips intended to help you get healthy. You know, work out more often, eat less food, and maintain a positive mindset – the usual.

But before you start jotting down the specifics of what you want to do better or what you intend to accomplish regarding your health and fitness, maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit and do away with the typical methods.

What am I talking about?

How about listing more general yet all-encompassing health-related commitments?

To make your health resolutions more interesting and more motivating, twist them in such a way that you’ll be sure to remember your responsibility to better health.

If you need some ideas, here are some unconventional health choices that you can make today to get better results.

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Quit the Gym

You may be thinking, “Quit the gym? Really?”

Yes, really. But before you jump to any conclusions, do consider whether that 12-month membership you’ve paid and signed on for is giving you the health benefits you desire.

Are you really getting the most out of your gym membership?

Are you really an avid gym-goer who enjoys doing those workouts?

Because if you don’t enjoy gym workouts, then it’s much better to quit the gym altogether and find a more interesting type of workout (and there are lots these days!) that will excite you and encourage you to work out more often. Instead of running on the treadmill or getting lost while trying to figure out how to operate those weight machines, try working out with a more interesting activity, such as cycling classes or stretching at home, or try something more holistic like yoga or Pilates.

Given the range and variety of workout classes and routines available in this day and age, you’re bound to find one—or a couple—that’ll be a better use of your money than a gym membership!

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Eat More

When you think about getting fit or losing weight, you usually think about eating less of this and eating less of that. “Weight loss” has that negative ring to it, so people generally have unhappy feelings towards getting fit.

But what if we turn that around and encourage ourselves to eat more—more of the good stuff, that is?

It’s easier to motivate yourself to do a positive act than a negative one—it’s all about perspective, really. So, instead of thinking about all the restrictions and limitations you have to put on yourself to lose weight or improve your fitness, just turn those thoughts around and think about the healthy, delicious foods that you want to eat more of.

If you keep reinforcing these positive thoughts, thinking of healthy food in a positive way will eventually become a habit. You’ll barely even realize that you’re eating less of the bad stuff, like junk food, sodas, processed foods, and foods that are high in sugar and salt content.

If you include this as one of your health resolutions, you’d better be specific about the right kinds of food that you intend to eat more of. That way, you’ll be more aware and mindful the next time you open your refrigerator in search of something to eat.

Stop What You’re Doing

Being busy is not something to be proud of—being fulfilled is. If you’re busy, yet you still end up feeling unhappy, depressed, and downtrodden in life, then it’s about time to make some major changes in your daily routine.

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Instead of continuing to press on without dealing with underlying problems and emotions that you may have been ignoring and repressing, perhaps you should consider stopping for a moment and taking a step back.

You may not know it, but what you think is something that’s helping you move forward (maybe a busy career or hectic lifestyle) can sometimes actually be holding you back—and that can severely affect your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Stop what you’re doing, take a step back, and assess. And while you’re at it, consider doing meditation, which can really help you get more in sync with yourself. Yoga has been well-received and is known as an effective means of working out, and the benefits of meditation are well-known.

Maybe it’s time you start taking things slowly but surely. Get yourself back on track with the aim of being more centered and fulfilled as opposed to busy and haggard.

Fight Back

Right now is the perfect time for you to fight back.

It’s time you fight back and take control of your life, instead of just being a victim of circumstances and letting things flow even when it results in your health taking a backseat.

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Think you don’t have time to work out? You’re not alone, but many have found ways to work around their time constraints, and so can you. You may have been handed a set of bad cards, but you can take charge from this point forward to make things better for yourself. Start with finding time to exercise.

Just do away with your excuses, because no matter what, you can be healthy and stay fit even if you are juggling a full-time career and personal life. Organize your life in such a way that making healthier choices will benefit you and not defeat you.

Get Loud

Since you’ve already adopted a healthy mindset, why not spread the love and pay it forward by encouraging others to do the same?

You may have discovered an effective and fun kind of workout, so why not bring a friend with you so they can try it out as well? If you’ve started your habit of eating more healthy food, why not cook and prepare some for guests instead of ordering in fast food?

Live within the context of a community.

Get loud with your good intentions, and people will certainly respond and even thank you for it once they see and feel the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle themselves. Of course, all of those good vibes may return to you a hundredfold, seeing that you’ve triggered a positive change in people’s lives. All because you’ve decided once and for all to start making changes within yourself.

These are just a few quirky decisions you can make, but there certainly could be more. The key is to find ways to be sure that you are fully able to commit to a change. This way, you can lead a much healthier lifestyle than ever before.

Make it count, make it stick, make it unconventional.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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