Daily Health Strategies You May Have Overlooked
It’s important to take care of ourselves and maintain both physical and mental exercise! Social dancing and ballroom dancing offer both a physical workout AND a mental workout. Following the basic foot movements and memorizing steps in a Salsa or Bachata light up different parts of your brain that help with both short term and long term memory. While it can be rather intensive at the competitive level, dance classes are a typically more subtle exercise so it’s like you’re exercising without even realizing it! (The best kind!) Read below to discover some Daily Health Strategies you might have overlooked, written by our guest blogger Julie Morris:
When it comes to our health, we all want to do everything we can to ensure our present and future wellness. Of course, we all slip up from time to time. You may avoid cooking a homemade meal in favor of going through the drive-thru around the corner. Or, maybe you put off your annual physical with your general physician. These things happen! In fact, there are a lot of things that the average person doesn’t even consider when it comes to their health.
Your Home’s Air Can Make You Sick
With news on climate change in heavy rotation, pollution is on all of our minds. However, one type of pollution you may not think of is that of the air inside your house. There is a good chance that the indoor air pollution in your home is worse than the air outside. If you don’t work to filter out dust, mold, dander, gas, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from your home’s air supply, it can provoke different immunological and non-immunological responses, including worsened allergies and asthma.
To improve your indoor air quality, a good place to start is by changing the filters in your heating and cooling system. Survey data finds that approximately 25 percent of American adults do not change their filters regularly, with over 26 million never changing them at all. If you are one of those millions, a single change should convince you to start doing so more regularly. Of those who changed their filters within the last couple of years, a reported 89 percent found excess dust, 40 percent discovered pet hair and dander, and 18 percent found dead insects.
You Need Moderate Exercise, Too
It’s no secret that we as a society are for the most part not active enough. However, what’s disconcerting are the extreme workouts that have become trendy as a reaction to growing obesity rates. Whether it’s through intense Gladiator-style exercise classes or heart-pumping spin classes, people are pushing themselves to be fit, sometimes to the point of developing rhabdomyolysis, a condition where muscle tissue breakdown results in the release of myoglobin into the blood, which can lead to severe kidney damage.
While anaerobic exercise is healthy in moderation, exercise doesn’t need to be intense or uncomfortable to be good for you. It’s important to incorporate gentle workouts into your routine that keep you moving while going easy on your joints, tendons, and muscles. Moderate workouts such as dancing and yoga have the added benefits of improving balance and coordination while incorporating stretching into the routine.
Days Off Are Good for You
While you may need to put more work into keeping your home’s air quality clean and being active more often, don’t get so caught up in these activities that you avoid ever taking a day off. Relaxing on a regular basis is just as important for your health as a clean home and consistent exercise. Rest days and mental health days are good for the brain and body. They give you the chance to release stress on your own terms, which is great for your overall self-esteem. Deviating from your routine can be the thing that helps you break off a plateau, whether it’s a fitness goal or a creative block. Mental health days are opportunities to do something social or to get involved in your community. There’s even evidence that employees who take a day off return to their jobs feeling motivated and more productive.
Taking care of your health requires a multi-faceted approach. If your family suffers from asthma or allergies, your indoor air quality may be making it worse. Reduce indoor air pollution by cleaning your home and changing the air filters regularly. While current exercise trends lean towards the extreme, pushing your body to the limits constantly can lead to worse health problems. Incorporate moderate exercise into your routine to balance any anaerobic or hardcore work you’re putting in. Finally, give yourself a break every now and then. Taking a rest or mental health day allows your brain and body to recover so you can bounce back feeling motivated.
Written by Julie Morris