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Better Mind for a Better Life

A healthy mind always yields better judgment and positive outlook to life. As Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe; it can achieve.” Read more

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Sleeping Position Tips for Better Sleep

Sleeping is not easy when you have body aches and pains. You feel the need to toss and turn but when you do, pain shoots and disturbs you. The pain can be annoyingly dull or excruciatingly sharp. Either way, it’s a bummer.

One good tip to get a satisfying sleep at night is to observe good sitting posture during the day – do not slouch, and make sure that you stand frequently to increase blood flow.

Good day habits should be complemented with healthy sleeping positions. You should learn how to have a healthy sleeping posture and support so that have quality zzz’s.

With specific aches however, the optimum position may vary.

Take note that there are certain sleeping positions that can put added strain on the already aching muscles, but there are other tricks to help you find relief as well. Find those positions that work for you and help you the most.

Sleeping On your Back

Back sleeping benefits spine and back health.

If you are comfortable sleeping on your back, lie in a neutral position instead of arched or curved, for this will increase pressure on your spine.

Slightly bent your knees upward and place a pillow under your knees, or you can use a McKenzie night roll under the curve of your back for lumbar support.

It is also suggested to use a small rolled up hand towel right under your neck to add support, or use a contoured pillow to alleviate neck strain.

Moving around a bit while you sleep is normal and a good thing. Minimal movements can lessen burden on your back rather than staying in one position the whole night.

Sleeping On Your Stomach

What’s good about stomach sleeping is that it reduces snoring and eases sleep apnea.

However, stomach sleeping is not really a good sleeping position for it causes awkward bends and twists in your spine’s natural curve, putting more tension on your back muscles. Moreover, your neck is ninety degrees rotated to the left or right, which can actually result in neck, back and shoulder pains.

Now, if you really favor sleeping on your tummy, you can put a pillow under your hips to keep your pelvis slightly elevated. Select a firmer mattress type for your pelvis to have better support.

For your neck, it is better to move from left to right from time to time and do not let it stay for a longer moment on either side. A thinner, low loft pillow (than thicker pillow) can be of help, to prevent your neck to bend upwards and reduce unnecessary pressure.

Sleeping on Your Side

Side sleeping is the most desired position because it promotes best spine alignment from the neck all the way down.

In a side-sleeping position, draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and have a pillow between your knees. The pillow will keep the spine-pelvis alignment throughout the night and maintains comfort to the knees.

It is better also to alternate sides often to prevent organ strain and arm numbness. A rolled-up towel under your waist can be an advantage against back pain.

As much as possible, keep your top leg from falling over your bottom leg to restrain more weight on the lower leg.

 

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Running, an Outlet for Stress

Exercise does not only keep you in shape, it also reduces stress and running is one of the most basic of exercises and easiest to do.

Running is a mainly considered as a cardiovascular exercise and a major fat burner — helps get rid of 100 calories per mile. With very few exceptions, anyone can just take up running and get fit with the program.

If you are too heavy to run, you can scale down to a light jog (or walk). You can gradually improve to a walk-jog, or walk-run, or walk-jog-run until you reach the point of constant running pattern. You can adjust your pace based on fitness level, or the distance based on your muscle endurance.

Running exercise promotes your ability to fight off fatigue which interferes with your day to day normal function and to eventually discourage sedentary type of lifestyle.

So, when your day gets complicated, don’t be lazy to put on your running outfit and hit the road.  Read more

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How to have quality sleep, rest, and recovery

Sleep is everyone’s basic need. Putting your body at rest in between sheets for at least six to eight hours is heaven. It soothes and refuels your body after a day’s work — and play.

But a lot of people cannot get the sleep quality they deserve. Many find it extremely difficult to fall or stay asleep — such as insomnia or sleep apnea which would later result to narcolepsy. Read more

Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is here.

You are probably wondering what to give or what to do on her special day. Your mom or wife deserves something special — something that she will appreciate. Several things come to mind – DIY, creative gifts, or tickets to a show.

So many choices, you feel stressed and unsettled.

To lessen your burden, here’s a bunch of interesting ideas: Read more

4 Tips in Improving Exercise Motivation and Consistency

There are going to be days that you are just not up for anything — chores you don’t want to do, paperworks you do not want to touch, and yes, exercises you do not want to perform. Even the most active individuals have these kinds of days.

Of course, these fluctuations are part of your life. But you would not want to miss a workout day, right?

So apart from taking risky pre-workout supplements, what can you do to shake off that lethargic feeling? What can you do, naturally, to make you feel energized and inspired to exercise? Read more

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Its Healing Benefits

Malignant conditions have plagued man ever since — especially nowadays when toxicity is rampant. People would try anything to treat, prevent, or reduce cellular damage. This demand gives birth to alternative methods and breakthroughs in modern healthcare.

Back in 1600 up to 1800, innovators tried to build pressurized medical chamber to treat a variety of conditions. One after another, scientists try to improve and update the concept of this so-called healing chamber. Read more

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Ventosa Massage – How it works

Stress, strains, and chronic pains are very prevalent nowadays. This is the main reason why natural relief is in very high demand. Getting a massage is perhaps the most popular natural solution.

One wonderful method that’s becoming trendy today particularly among movie stars, athletes, and celebrities is the Ventosa Massage or also known as Cupping Therapy. It’s recently popular, but it’s really nothing new.

Cupping therapy has long been practiced in Chinese medicine, were used by ancient Egyptians and other cultures — in the Middle East and other European and Asian countries. Today, this alternative therapeutic method has been modified into several varieties but the original philosophy remains. Read more

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Essential Life Skills You Need Today

Succeeding in life requires time, effort, skills and commitment. In your fitness goals — like to increase level of conditioning, endurance, strength and to boost general health — you have to set mini-goals and you do your best to reach them a step at a time.

Perseverance and commitment are values (and the skills to keep them strong) you need to achieve your life goal.

Like anything in this world, skills are always acknowledged and paid with due respect. As others give their full commitment on things that will put them to the pedestal, there are also simple things you can do and teach to your children, which may serve as an excellent exercise that will improve health and quality of life.

These are Essential Life Skills you need to have and improve to make the most out of life. Read more

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How to keep your mind and memory sharp

Do you keep on forgetting things or cannot remember names of familiar faces? If this is happening to you, maybe you’re having serious memory lapses. Memory lapses can happen at any age.

Memory loss can be caused by brain injury, neurological or organic problems, and maybe because of the fact that you’re getting old.

As you age, you expect your bones, muscles and entire body system to slowly get weak. You might lessen your physical activity because of some muscular strains or joint pains that will affect your daily movements. Along with your body, it is not surprising that your brain is also starting to experience “senior moments”.

The thought of your mind deteriorating is scary. So as early as possible, it is important to preserve your mental abilities and reduce the risk of getting severe forgetfulness — dementia.

Here are routines and exercises you can do to keep your memory sharp. Read more

What is Wellness Travel? Do you need it?

Holistic well-being has become so important nowadays.

Things such as gym memberships, yoga sessions, and spa treatments are just some ways of improving overall wellness — improving the physical as well as the mental state of your being.

But sometimes you would need more than the run-of-the-mill, commercialized methods of therapy. You might need a break — away from the exhausting grind of your daily life.

According to Global Wellness Study, wellness-inspired travel has shown a steady climb in the fitness industry these past years and will continue to gain more popularity. Read more

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6 Awesome Self-Pampering Products You Can Gift Yourself

After a week of hectic schedule, you would need a serious downtime — to relax, enjoy, or pamper yourself. It’s your choice, whether you want to go out with friends to chill a bit, visit a spa for a body massage, or just simply go home and sleep like a log. Read more

How You Should Spend Your Vacations

Everyone loves having long vacations. Whether you’re a student or a working person, vacation days are the best time to sit back, relax, and enjoy things we find interesting. Read more

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Yoga and Meditation: Practice, Purpose, and Benefits

Yoga as meditation has become nothing short of a revolution. It has brought remarkable changes to everyone’s lifestyle. Read more