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Being happy for a healthier life

Being happy for a healthier life

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” Aristotle

The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle pronounced these words more than 2,000 years ago, and they still ring true today.

Happiness is a large topic that illustrates the experience of positive emotions, such as joy, contentment, and satisfaction.

Some new researches show that being happy is not only the feeling of a positive mood, it also brings potential benefits for your health.

We will discover why being happy could help you to be healthy.

Happy people tend to eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains.  A study made on more than 7,000 adults showed that people with a positive well-being were 47% more likely to eat fruits and vegetables than people with a less positive attitude. Fruits and vegetables are associated with numerous benefits: reducing the risk of diabetes, strokes and heart diseases.

During the same study, researchers also demonstrate that people with a positive well-being were 33% more likely to make a physical activity (with 10 or more hours per week). A regular workout helps increase your energy, build strong bones, eliminate body fat and reduce blood pressure.

Moreover, being happy can help you sleep better which can significantly increase your concentration, productivity, performance and it is important to maintain a healthy weight.

Another study of over 700 adults showed that people with a less positive well-being experienced 47% more sleeping problems (troubles to fall asleep or difficulties to stay asleep).

But if being happy makes you healthier, the other way works too! You can increase your happiness by being healthy!

There are different ways to increase your happiness: express gratitude, get active, get a good night’s rest, spend time outside, meditate and eat healthier are all great ways to help improve your mood!

 

Working out in the heat: the benefits

The benefits of working out in the heat

Do we burn more calories by working out in the heat?

With the high temperatures of summer, many of us choose to work out outdoors even if it seems easier to exercise with conditioned air. But in the reality, what is better? Is it more effective to do hot workouts? Here is everything you need to know.

Doing a long run under the heat of July can be very intense and difficult. Does it mean that we are burning more fat and calories? After this type of workout, you can sometimes feel lighter. Unfortunately, the extra weight that you have the feeling to have lost is likely to be water, not fat.

Indeed, hot workouts may help you to burn more calories because your body is using more energy due to the heat, but the difference with indoors workouts (conditioned air) will be negligible.

However, even if working out in the heat doesn’t really help you to burn more fat, we can recognize some benefits.

Working out with extreme temperature has a detox effect. The fact that you are sweating a lot helps your body to get rid of toxins (lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium). The more you sweat, the less you will have toxins in your body. Sweating can help you to stay healthier and live longer. But don’t forget that the more you sweat, the more you become dehydrated so don’t forget to drink a lot of water.

Another benefit of hot workout is the fact that you become more flexible. This is particularly useful for people that practice yoga. It allows you to sink deeper and it makes your muscles more pliable. However, try not to overdo it and respect your limits.

A study done at the University of Oregon suggested that exercising in the heat can increase performance. The experience was testing the ability of competitive bike riders to perform in a 55-degree room. One group trained before in a cold environment and the other group in the heat. In the end, when they were all tested in the 55-degree room, the group that trained in the heat was significantly more performant.

Finally, hot workouts may help you to build mental toughness and give you the ability to keep going.

If you really decide to work out in the heat, you have to take some precautions. Pay attention to your body and feelings. Be particularly careful if you feel the following symptoms: dizziness, confusion, cramps, nausea, and weakness. This means that is time to cool off.

The most important is to hydrate yourself a lot because the risk of dehydration is much higher in hot weather.

 

 

 

 

 

Find out how you can fall asleep faster with these tips from a sleep expert

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If you’ve struggled with falling asleep at night, don’t give up hope! Changing up your routine in the evenings can lead to easier, sounder sleep. If you’re having trouble drifting into dreamland, these tips may help.

To sail smoothly into the land of Nod, Katherine Albert M.D., Ph.D., author of Get a Good Night’s Sleep, suggests trying one—or all—of the following:

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5 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

How to avoid holiday weight gain. Christmas is officially here and you know what that means: Time off and food in abundance. However, just because the holidays are here, you don’t have to let go of all the hard work you have done through out the year. If you follow these simple tips to keep in shape during the holiday season, you can avoid gaining weight and still enjoy your favorite dishes. 

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3 Essential Steps To Set and Reach Your Goals

Living a life without setting goals has been said to be like sailing a ship without a planned course.

The process of creating goals helps you choose where you want to be in life. By knowing what you want to accomplish, you know what you have to focus on and put your efforts into.

However, you need to avoid common mistakes that make you get off track and give up, as you are on your way to achieving your goal.

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Thanksgiving Food Survival Guide

Thanksgiving is here and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the food and different dishes you haven’t had in a long time.  This festivities should not make you feel restricted or stop you from enjoying all delicious food, it should rather be seen as opportunity to practice the mindset; everything in moderation.

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10 Powerful Reasons to Start Using Turmeric

Turmeric grows South and Southeast Asia. It’s one of the most used ingredients in Pakistani, Indian, Persian and Thailand. The roots are  harvested annually and can be used in everything from cooking to medical use. It has incredibly powerful benefits and medicinal values. This is why should you start using itContinue reading

Improve Your Digestion Naturally With Kefir

Most people are familiar with a variety of fermented products such as yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream butter and so on.

But there is also something called kefir, which is not quite as common as other fermented products.

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Why drinking smoothies makes you healthier

After training, before training, when you’re a little hungry, when you want a snack. Is drinking smoothies really that healthy? At least, that’s what advertising wants us to believe.

They are the latest super-food, kicking your day off with a nutrient dense smoothie can have a variety of amazing benefits.

However, they can also be your worst enemy if you drink the high sugar ones.

Stay with me, and find the benefits of drinking smoothies, and why it can make you healthier.

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10 Steps to Easily Solve Your Troubles Falling Asleep

Are you feeling tired, frustrated and less productive?

If so, can I ask when the last time was you woke up and felt completely rested?

Having problems sleeping? You are not alone. Staring at the ceiling in the middle of the night, trying to stay hopeful, but just wanting to catch at least a few hours of sleep, is very common.  In fact, one in three people struggles with insomnia.

Sleep is an essential aspect,  a peaceful eight hours of sleep has many positive benefits and improves the quality of your life. But what can you do to solve your poor sleep and get your energy back?

Here is the deal: 10 powerful hands-on tools that will help you transform your worries into hope and serenity.

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