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8 Reasons To Get Off Your Butt And Get Active

8 Reasons To Get Off Your Butt And Get Active

We all know we’re supposed to exercise, yet many of us struggle to remain active. Exercise provides such incredible benefits, that each us should take a pointed look at moving more. You don’t have to be a size two, or want to be one, in order to get active. Finding time to walk more, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or free exercise classes are all simple ways to ease into exercising. While you find ways to change your life for the better, stay motivated with these eight marvelous health benefits. 

1. Fight Health Problems

Exercise is a powerful tool in helping prevent certain health problems. Being active strengthens your heart muscles, as well as lowers your chances of getting certain cancers and arthritis. Exercise is also a useful habit in managing some conditions, including strokes, depression and metabolic syndromes. Finally, being active helps to keep your bones and muscles strong. 

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2. Boost Energy

Exercise can help to boost your mood, but it also helps you have more energy. Though it seems counter intuitive, spending energy exercising will strengthen your muscles so you have greater endurance. Between feeling less stressful and having more energy, being active can make a tangible difference in your overall health.

3. Sleep Better

Being active also aids in improving your sleep. By getting in the habit of physical activity, you’ll be able to fall asleep faster. Not only that, studies show exercise also helps you sleep deeper. By being more active during the day, your nights will go much smoother.

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4. Achieve Goals

Staying active is a fantastic way to set achievable goals for yourself. Learning how to plan and stick to a goal is a critical life skill, and practicing can help you in other areas of life. Plus, meeting goals you’ve set for yourself is a helpful confidence booster.

5. Healthy Sex Life

Exercise is a significant factor for your sexual health, too. Improved energy levels also tend to extend to the bedroom when you’re getting active, though health benefits go beyond a better mood. Increased physical activity for women can increase arousal. Additionally, men who exercise are less likely to have erectile disfunction than men who don’t.

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6. Live Longer

Exercise also improves your chances of living longer. Besides the health problems being active helps you avoid, those who are active for seven hours a week are 40 percent less likely to die early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week.

7. Extend Your Health

Exercise is also a critical part of keeping your body healthy later in life. Staying active keeps your balance and posture sharp, and also reduces the risk of falls. Particularly important for aging readers, even regular walks can help you stay firmly planted. Besides, if you start getting active earlier in life, you’ll retain your ability to live independently for longer.

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8. Healthy Weight

Finally, exercise helps to control your weight. While weight loss doesn’t need to be a goal to reap benefits from exercise, keeping your weight in a healthy range has a multitude of health benefits. Some of these benefits include a lower risk of heart problems, plus lower chances of developing type two diabetes. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity every day in order to maintain and improve your health. Even walks and easy hikes go a long way towards keeping yourself in good health.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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