We all know that biking is great for the body, as it boosts cardiovascular health, builds strength, reduces body fat, and increases circulation. However, let us not forget that physical and mental health benefits are interwoven and mutually dependent. In fact, activities like biking can help you melt away stress, improve mood, and increase focus. While your muscles are engaged, the brain works as well and receives an instant chemical boost.
Summer is less than a month away, so you might want to start thinking about preparing your body for this beloved season. These tips won’t take too much of your time, but they will require some small changes in your everyday routine. Let’s take a look!
Studies show that engaging in physical exercise for 30 minutes a day, five days a week will lead to serious health benefits. Running on a regular basis, and staying active can help prevent type II diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and can even prevent certain types of cancer. Running will also help prevent depression and can improve your mental and emotional health – as well as your life overall, vastly.
Even more, scientists have proven that regular running or exercising can also greatly improve the quality of emotional and mental health, plus help you live longer. Here is how running can seriously improve your life and well-being…
To be a runner, it doesn’t take much, aside from the will to run and an ability to propel yourself in a generally forward direction. Many people run nearly every day of the week, sometimes repeating the same routes day in and day out, and they’re completely happy with their running. Others like to intermix different types of running into their weekly ritual – some long runs, some short, some fast, some slow, some trails, or some hills, for example – and they find the interplay between all these different types of runs helps to make them fast, strong, and injury-free.
Another way to mix-up your running is to base your training around a particular race. Running simply for the sake of running is great, and for many people, that’s where their love of running begins and ends. For many others, however, having a race scheduled on the calendar helps enliven their training a little bit more and brings about an additional layer of accountability and structure to their weekly running. It might be a little nerve-wracking to have a race looming on your schedule, but it doesn’t have to be!
Ever wanted to go camping but don’t want to sleep in a tent on the cold, hard ground? Even if you have some kind of cot or air-mattress, you’re still on the ground and vulnerable to any possible predators lurking in the shadows of the forest floor. Yet even if you don’t care about any of that, how fun would it be to elevate your tent off the ground regardless?! Sleeping and spending time in a hammock tent, suspended safely in the air between the security of trees?
Very little negative comes from amplifying and enhancing our energy within our immediate surroundings. Taking action and moving the body not only invigorates our energetic field (and aura), but also offers a host of mental and cognitive benefits. Thus making us both happier and healthier.
According to a 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the best yoga practices available, which happens to be some of the most basic, beginner levels of yoga – would be Sun Salutations. It’s derived from the Sanskrit phrase, “surya namaskara”, “surya” meaning sun, and “namaskara” meaning salutations. It was originally developed as a way of expressing gratitude to the Earth and the rising Sun for providing bountiful energy and life.
Below you’ll find 7 Sun Salutations to help speed you along your yogic journey, and help prepare you for a higher, more advanced level.
We all know traveling can be a joyous and amazing experience, full of beautiful scenery, diverse culture, and lifelong memories. Yet we also know how much it may potentially cost us, both financially and in time and energy spent.
So before embarking on a brand new journey away from your local town, it’s always best to plan ahead and find a place you’d like to travel too who’s pros far outweigh the cons. Below you’ll find 10 absolutely breath-taking travel destinations that are worth every penny!