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‘Thinking’ Your Way To Improved Fitness

'Thinking' Your Way To Improved FitnessScientists at Stanford University in California have recently found that physical fitness and exercise are not only reliant on your physical activities and performance, but also your psychological activities and well being.

Trusted study author Octavia Zahrt, Ph.D., noted that perception can either positively or negatively influence your fitness levels and mental health. In other words, experts are realizing, through clinical trials of studying human subjects that not only do people underestimate their current activity levels, but also the roles everyday activities might play in improving your health.

Experts say that often, people will perceive themselves as ‘underperforming’ or not meeting the necessary daily exercise based on the people they commonly surround themselves with or observe in their everyday environment. And, in many studies over the years it has been proven time and time again that the anxiety or stress related to worries of a lack of sufficient fitness can likewise negatively impact your health¬† and even weight.

For many people, just working every day, or taking care of your home and kids around the house can easily be at least half, if not 100% of the recommended levels of physical activities, according to the American Heart Association.

Drs. Zahrt and Crum also recently published findings in the weekly Health Psychology journal that illustrates that at least 80 percent of Americans do not get the required amount of recommended daily exercise. This, however, does not mean that they aren’t ‘close’ to doing so, as often individuals are unaware of just how much is ‘enough.’

A recent clinical study at Stanford University included the observation of 87 hotel room attendants, across seven different hotels to observe their BMI, waist to hip ratio, blood pressure, and weight loss over the course of just four weeks. Ironically enough, all of the participants showed tremendous improvements in their physical health, just based on the exercise they get at work every day alone.

Another concept that scientific researchers are trying to push more to the public is, if and when you are made aware of ‘ or research ‘ your current activity and exercise levels, doing so may very well effectively motivate you to work out MORE!

Positive thinking also goes a long way, as the stress and anxiety of everyday work, school, or family can quickly land people into unwanted spouts of depression, overeating, under eating, and overall missing sufficient sleep necessary to be healthy and efficiently manage their weight.

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Sleep, The Best Remedy

Sleep, The Best RemedyFar too many people underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep. Let there be no mistake here. Sleep is a major necessity for the survival of the organism on all levels.
Sleep isn’t just closing your eyes and resting. Sleep involves a number of processes that the body and mind need to go through to sleepnot only keep the person alive but alive on systematic failsafe that nature intends us to live by. Sleep allows the body to basically do diagnostics and repair.

Cells, tendons, muscle, all need sleep to make the best of the nutrients and repair systems the body has built up and operate on. Everything from repair to damage from injury, stress, disease, need sleep to function properly. If that’s not enough, the mind itself needs sleep in order to operate at peak efficiency. Sleep deprivation can cause accidents and even death. It can affect production and efficiency and costs untold tens of millions of dollars in lost wages, revenue, and services.

We see sleep deprivation in many hospital workers. Some nurses and doctors working ridiculous hours without proper sleep and making deadly mistakes. Cab drivers, truck drivers, are all noted for incidents where horrific accidents occur when these people are low on sleep.

It’s a major problem because many people have to work 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet. They catch sleep whenever they can and in doing so compromise their health and mental well-being and then cause accidents, provide less than stellar service, make errors, and eventually cascade the infrastructure of their particular employers business model into disarray and chaos.

If the mind doesn’t get enough sleep, all sorts of havoc can occur. The mind needs to process trillions of bits of data each second. It needs to orient the organism to better survive. Without sleep, the natural diagnostics and healing procedures just can’t take place and the mind then becomes its own worse enemy. Hallucinations, miscalculations, stress, delusions, can all occur if the mind doesn’t get enough sleep. Stress is the silent killer and without sleep, stress takes hold and grows. Without warning the mind then cannot command the body to regulate, operate, or repair itself and the result can be catastrophic illnesses and even death.

What’s tragic is that government is often helpless to track down and force employers to allow for reasonable work times. Also, people who are desperate will avoid sleep regardless of the health warnings. Combining all these things means danger for the person and the rest of the civilization because you’ve got millions of people wandering around, driving, operating machinery, tending to the ill, seniors, children, animals, all while half asleep. The amount of money government has to lose because of this is a major issue that doctors and health officials have been pounding the pulpit over for decades.

The best remedy for all this is for people to realize that lack of sleep is dangerous. It helps no one. The authorities need to step in and make sure that people, especially those who work in high responsibility jobs, get good¬†sleep regardless of corporate pressure. As for those who deny sleep because of their survival, that’s an issue on another scale altogether that won’t be solved until social and economic issues are addressed with efficiency and sympathy.

Overall, sleep is a health life saver. Do not fall into the pit of denying a good night’s sleep or you may surely live to regret it.

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