Archive for May, 2016

Top Reasons You Should Nap More

Healthy Living

May 3

Kids hate to take them and parents beg for one… what are they? NAPS!  If you are the type of person that takes a daily nap, then you are definitely already following what new research shows that we should be catching our zzzz’s during the day.

Here are some of the top reasons why researchers say you should be taking a nap:

  • Napping makes you a more enjoyable person. One researcher said, “Napping is a means to rejuvenate the mind and body and has a positive effect on quality of life. Resting the body for even a short period of time allows the body’s systems to rest and rebalance. This translates into more efficient as well as more rewarding work, which in turn makes work more enjoyable.”
  • Napping increases your productivity on the job. “Napping improves alertness, sharpens memory, and reduces fatigue – all of which makes us more productive”

Napping can reduce stress and anxiety. “In working people who are stressed (physically and/or mentally), their bodies produce substances such as cortisol, catecholamines, and neuropeptides that aid them in getting things accomplished on a short-term basis without harmful effects. However, long-term, unopposed production of such substances can adversely affect the immune system and vital organs, causing many medical conditions – including anxiety, depression, and memory/concentration problems. Napping both decreases the production and negates the effects of these substances and helps prevent them from damaging tissues of the body.”

 

 

Proper Way to Apply Mosquito Repellant

In the News

May 2

With all of the talk about the Zika virus daily on the news, we need to be more aware about mosquitoes. One way to protect yourself and your loved ones is by learning the proper ways to apply mosquito repellant.

  • Apply repellants only to exposed skin or clothing. Never put it on underneath your clothes.
  • Use just enough to cover your body and for the amount of time you need it… over applying will not protect you any more than typical application.

Do not use repellants AT ALL on infants under two months.

  • Do not apply repellant on wounds, cuts or immediately after shaving.
  • When applying to your face, spray the repellant in your hands and then apply it to your face. Use sparingly around your ears.
  • Do not let young children apply the repellant themselves. Put it in your hands and apply it for them.  Children put their hands/fingers in their mouth too often.
  • Do not use near food and wash your hands immediately after applying and before eating and drinking.

Fitness for All

Easy Workouts to Do at Home!

May 1

Summer is almost here and whether we like to admit it or not, many people spend less time at the gym once the spring weather arrives.

But you can still get a decent work out in just by doing some simple exercises at HOME!

Here are a few to get you started:

“In Bed Abs” – Lie on your back with your legs raised, knees straight; bring your belly button toward your spine. Lace your fingers behind your head and curl your shoulders up. Exhale and draw your abs in as you crunch toward your thighs, reaching for your feet. Inhale and drop one to two inches, then crunch again. Repeat 20 times.

“Lower Body Barre” – Stand tall with your feet in first position—heels together, toes no more than six inches apart. Bend your knees softly, then extend your left leg back, with your toes pointed and the inside of your big toe touching the ground. Lift your back leg slightly, pushing your hips forward in opposition. Pulse your leg upward as far as you can (you shouldn’t feel pain in your lower back). Continue pulsing for eight counts, working up to 16. Then switch sides.

“Couch Potato Core” – Sit on the edge of the couch and lean back onto your elbows, hinging at the hips. Stretch your legs toward the floor in front of you, with your knees straight, toes pointed, and heels about six inches from the ground. Pull your belly button toward your spine and, moving from your hips, kick your feet up and down. Focus on small, controlled, quick movements. (To make it easier, you can bend your knees so they’re at a 45-degree angle.) Count to 25, rest, and repeat three times.