Health & Wellness

October 4, 2011 No Comments »
Health & Wellness

Maintaining your health and wellness takes discipline. There are many theories about what constitutes a healthy body. Though everybody has different needs, here are some healthy choices you can easily incorporate as a daily routine. These simple changes can make a big difference and improve your over health and wellness.

Walking

Whether it’s around the neighbourhood or exploring new territory, the benefits of walking abound.
Making walking a regular habit is an easy way to “find time for fitness.”

Walking helps improve strength and muscle tone. It burns calories and can help control appetite. It’s a great activity for helping with diabetes, weight loss and healthy weight management. Walking, especially brisk walking also helps improve cardiovascular fitness and strengthens bones.Just 30 minutes of brisk walking a day has been shown to decrease the risks associated with conditions ranging from heart disease and stroke to depression and some cancers

And finally, walking also simply helps you relax, unwind, and improve your overall sense of wellness. It reduces stress and can help you sleep better at night.

And to think, all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes with good support..

 

Tai Chi

 

 

Tai Chi is about balance, harmony, and happiness. Originally developed as a martial art, Tai Chi is a series of fluid movements that relax and stimulate every part of the body. The continuous flowing movements of Tai Chi are based on the principle that running water never stagnates. The gentle movements relax your muscles and joints while strengthening your body. Tai Chi is an enjoyable path to relaxation and health.

Tai Chi is well known for its health benefits, such as:

  • Reduced stress
  • Increased oxygen uptake and utilization (more efficient breathing)
  • Flexibility and balance
  • Improved immune function
  • Improve muscle strength and definition
  • Increase energy, stamina and agility
  • Improved posture and relief of back pain
  • Better blood circulation
  • Improved concentration and clearer thinking
  • Heightened general awareness

Source: Marlon C. Francis

E-mail: marlon.is.also@gmail.com

 

Yoga


 

Yogis view that the mind and the body are one, and that if it is given the right tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start Practicing Yoga – to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and peaceful.

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is consists of Ancient Theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine. Substantial research has been conducted to look at the Health Benefits of Yoga – from the Yoga Postures (Asanas), Yoga Breathing (Pranayama), and Meditation. The information on Yoga Poses & Benefits are grouped into three categories-physiological, psychological, biochemical effects.

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

  • Stable autonomic nervous system equilibrium
  • Pulse rate decreases
  • Respiratory rate decreases
  • Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)
  • Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases
  • EEG – alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of meditation)
  • EMG activity decreases
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Endocrine function normalizes
  • Excretory functions improve
  • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Breath-holding time increases
  • Joint range of motion increase
  • Grip strength increases
  • Eye-hand coordination improves
  • Dexterity skills improve
  • Reaction time improves
  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increase
  • Endurance increases
  • Energy level increases
  • Weight normalizes
  • Sleep improves
  • Immunity increases
  • Pain decreases
  • Steadiness improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Balance improves
  • Integrated functioning of body parts improves

 

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
  • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
  • Social adjustment increases
  • Anxiety and Depression decrease
  • Hostility decreases
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Attention improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Mood improves
  • Self-actualization increase
  • Social skills increases
  • Well-being increases
  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Self-acceptance increase
  • Attention improves
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Symbol coding improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Flicker fusion frequency improves

 

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Total cholesterol decreases
  • Triglycerides decrease
  • HDL cholesterol increases
  • LDL cholesterol decreases
  • VLDL cholesterol decreases
  • Cholinesterase increases
  • Catecholamines decrease
  • ATPase increases
  • Hematocrit increases
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Lymphocyte count increases
  • Total white blood cell count decreases
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Vitamin C increases
  • Total serum protein increases


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