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Sleeping is such a waste of time. Or….is it?

23 Aug

….We do  not feel very productive while we are asleep. We are basically sleeping 1/3 of our lives away. But sometimes it is nicer to live in a dream than when you are awake. For some people, it is not such a good experience and they have nightmares or worst, night terrors.

Sleeping cat

Sleeping cat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Never the less, we need it and not only because we cannot function mentally,  receiving proper sleep is 40% of our contribution  to weight loss and health results.

Our body cannot grow, heal, or repair itself unless we get enough sleep. How much is enough. Experts recommend 8 hours, but some people function better on 5-6 hours of sleep per night. You have to decide how much sleep you need to feel energized and refreshed for a new day. If we are tired our body releases the hormone ghrelin, which also makes us feel hungry. That is a big reason why many people are eating when they are in fact tired and need rest.

During sleep, as mentioned before, your body repairs itself. You gain weight, or lose weight mostly while you are asleep. Muscle repair and restore all happens while you are sleeping. Sometimes after a hard workout, an amino acid pill before bed will help with the process of muscle repair. Amino pills are good because they do not have a lot of calories, but at the same time pills are harder to break down. Sometimes a couple of egg whites will do the same trick. If you have nutrients and vitamins in your body before you sleep, you body will have all the ingredients to repair torn muscle tissue, restore, and rebuild itself. New cells develop, your hair grows, and your body gets rid of the dead skin. The body was designed to repair itself but it cannot do it without the nutrients, and definitely not without sleep.

Get Shape Ups or get out of shape?

14 Aug
English: Diagram showing the parts of a shoe.

English: Diagram showing the parts of a shoe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think it’s a shame when people sue companies because their cognition or their body did not cooperate with the manual instructions and ended up hurting themselves. I applaud when companies think of new ideas and good ways to work many muscles with one product to give consumers options and  flexibility with their work-outs while encouraging  healthier habits during a hectic day.  Walking is a great exercise that works more muscle groups than if you are running. You use a bigger range of your foot and you need to push off harder to execute the step. Walking also slims and tones your legs. Isn’t it fabulous that there is a shoe that actually can help your foot out by creating this whole heel to toe motion and  build your calf muscles and hamstrings? And it gives you enough cushion and support to make it possible to walk for a long time without pain.  

There are so many different ways we can chose from in order to get or stay in shape. The shape up shoe is just one of them. We can also put on our most comfortable shoes which we already own and add ankle weights and walk. We can make wide strides, or high knees; speed walk or lunge. So many options to pick a walking style. And it costs little  money or nothing. Walking for a couple of hours twice a week or an hour four times a week could help us feel better already. Deep breathing also helps with calorie burn and stress management. Just a few changes in this direction makes a large psychological impact on the body. It is amazing how the body reacts to nature, fresh air and body movement.  

Last night, I picked up my jump rope and every half lap I walked I did 50 jumps with my jump rope. It felt awesome! Of course it is a bonus that I live on Hawaii and the little walk park I go to is right by the beach. Nevertheless, I am sure there is a beautiful area where you live, too. I love walking before sunset. Then I get to watch the sun go down and enjoy a nice brisk temperature while I see all the beautiful flowers, trees, and animals.

It’s up to you. You can shape up your life with a beautiful experience and a nice end of a day. Or you can stay home and try to drown the stress of the day with chocolate covered pretzel, loud TV, and argue with others in your home. (Stress will do that to you)  The most important part we need to try to accomplish is to manage our stress and focus on what really is important. Isn’t it our health and good relationships? Well, then that’s what we should spend more time with.  The people you deal and argue with are not the real enemy. But stress is a killer!

Stress can become Disease

Stress can become Disease (Photo credit: Mrityunjaya Yoga Studio)

 

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