Daily Inspiration for the body
Our bodies need sleep to repair tissue and rejuvenate our brains, so when we short change that process, we really mess up the whole system. Just like our bank accounts, we can accumulate a debt of sleep, which can have harsher results than not paying down your Visa card!
The good news is you can catch up, but spreading it out over a week, instead of ducking work to catch 10 hours over one day will net better results.
Need some motivation to get more sleep? Research has found a connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain! Getting enough sleep increases our energy, and when we don't get enough, our brain is going to tell us to look elsewhere, namely - to food. Two lesser known hormones that sound like characters from a Star Trek movie, ghrelin and leptin play a role too. Ghrelin, the 'hunger hormone' stimulates our appetite and causes us to store more fat while leptin, the 'satiety hormone' controls our appetite, telling us when we are full.
When we log less sleep, our bodies can increase the production of both, leading us to crave fatty and sugary foods and lessening our ability to just say no to junk food, causing us to pack on the pounds. All the more reason to get to bed early tonight!
Did you know that sweet potato is not part of the potato family? With its bell-shaped flowers, this food has a sweet, sweet taste and orange flesh. Highly appreciated by children, sweet potato has an interesting nutritional value as it contains vitamins A, B, C and B6, potassium and folic acid.
With a slightly higher starch content than potato, sweet potato is considered a starch and provides about 130 calories per half cup. It adds variety to our menus and can be used to make pies, cakes, puddings, mashed or au gratin.
Do you know what your sleep needs are? While there's no magic number when it comes to how much shuteye we need, getting between 7-9 solid hours per night seems to be the happy medium. When you hear the words 'sleep need,' it's referring to exactly that, how much you have to have in order to function and reap the rewards of snoozing.
When you wake up groggy and are intermittently yawning through your work day, you're probably not meeting them.
Daily StretchShoulder Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Post-Workout, Evening
Hold for 1.5 minutes
Stretch Benefits: Reduces soreness and tightness in the shoulders and improves shoulder flexibility. Keeps knots and neck tension from building up if done daily. Improves posture.
Find a narrow doorway and make goal posts with your arms so your elbows and forearms are on the doorframe. Gently let your body lean foward and breathe deeply through your nose for thirty seconds and come out of the stretch. Repeat three times to reduce tightness in your shoulders.
The first meal of the day is essential to start out in the right way. When you're hitting all your healthy food groups, breakfast can bring you energy for the morning and also contribute to the overall hydration of your body.
It's an important meal because it largely determines your dietary balance of the day. When done right, eating a healthy breakfast can improve your concentration and performance at school and work and give you more strength and endurance when heading out for some physical activity.
You Are Here: BODY
The Holistic Triangle represents the necessity of maintaining the balance of your Mind, Body, and Soul. Being the most structurally sound shape in the Universe, each arm of the triangle is connected to and supports the others. For the triangle to remain equilateral, the Mind, Body, and Soul all need to be in optimal condition. At Daily Life, we understand the intricacies of this fine balance. We work to provide you with tools, strategies, and resources that you can use to maintain your Mind-Body-Soul balance and achieve your ultimate potential and happiness - daily.
What is Wellness Culture?
At Daily Life, we help shed light on the small choices that become our daily habits. We offer helpful tips about how best to care for your body’s unique needs. Wellness is about having the tools to deal with stress, having wisdom about how your body is affected by your environment and knowing what exercises and foods are going to give you the best energy.
Wellness is not as simple as eating healthy and exercising regularly - it’s much more than that. Wellness means taking control of your health and happiness, and that process will look different for everyone. At Daily Life, we’ll help you discover old and new wellness techniques that will help you prevent illness, keep your energy up, and improve and maintain your overall health long-term. We offer recipes, fitness, exercise, and yoga tips, and resources for fun, simple, and effective ways to stay healthy. Here on Daily Life, you can learn how to take control of your health and energy - for good.
How to Make Fitness & Exercise Part of Your Daily Life
Humans have only been sedentary for a very small part of the history of our species. Our bodies are designed to move. Without movement, most people start to develop health problems, both physical and mental.
Everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s body is different. Things change every single day. At Daily Life, we’re committed to meeting you where you’re at by offering you ways to fit exercise and movement into your unique lifestyle.
How Does the Body Burn Fat?
When we increase activity levels, the brain sends a signal to the body to use the energy stored in our fat cells from the unused calories we have consumed. As we create a habit of exercise, the metabolism, which stimulates the process of burning fat into energy, will start to work at a faster rate. This means that exercising regularly contributes to a higher resting metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more fat throughout the day, even when you aren’t exercising.
The body burns the most fat when we exercise, when we move during daily activities, and when we digest our food. The body also burns more fat if we have more muscle mass, which means building muscles can help you lose weight. Plus, the endorphins released into the body when we exercise make us feel good, lower stress and inflammation, and improve motivation, which helps us to continue exercising. Keep exercise simple and consistent, and watch the transformation of your own emotions and energy.
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What Does the Body Need to Stay Healthy?
The human body needs adequate water, nutrition, movement, rest, sleep, and relationships with others to function its best. If we neglect our physical health, the body begins to deteriorate little by little, and certain systems will malfunction to alert us that we need to pay attention to how we treat ourselves. Neglecting mental health over time can also lead to physical illness. We’ll let you in on a secret: Being physically fit without working to maintain the health of the mind and the soul will never allow you to reach optimal levels of health. At Daily Life, we can help you balance all three so you can achieve your unique picture of optimal health.
How Does Nutrition Impact Your Body?
Nutrition is the fuel that allows your brain to compute and gives our body the green light to perform. Exercise and nutrition are equally important in your daily lifestyle; your body’s systems are constantly interacting with each other, and they all require nutrition and movement to function optimally.
We at Daily Life are here to guide you as you begin to prioritize a healthy diet in your personal development. Along with articles about nutrition, we offer you one new recipe to try out each week in our Feed Your Body Friday series.
Beauty & Wellness in Your Daily Life
When you begin your path of personal discovery, you might find yourself spending time worrying about how you look. We understand! That’s why we’re here to help you understand that wellness is about the energy in your body; the way you feel, not how you look. So many people who appear beautiful struggle with health and wellness. We want to change that.
Taking care of your body boosts your energy and your mood, and yes, it does improve your appearance as well. At Daily Life, we want to help you understand that beauty is only a side-effect of wellness.
How Does the Body Change as We Age?
Aging is an exciting and empowering process - it is nothing to fear or be ashamed of. At Daily Life, we work to dismantle the idea that aging is something to be prevented. Rather, aging is something to celebrate!
The habits we have today and throughout our lives affect the way we age. It’s no secret that nutrition and exercise play major roles in the aging process. When we exercise, we deliver nutrients to our cells that contribute to the skin’s elasticity. As we age, we lose muscle mass at a faster rate, which means that our resting metabolic rate also diminishes. Having a regular, daily exercise regimen such as yoga, which is easy on the joints, means you can enjoy better health and appear more youthful as you get older. Practicing meditation and using powerful mental techniques to keep your minds sharp means you’ll become wiser as you age and continue to improve brain function; research indicates we can get smarter with age with the adoption of healthy habits. At Daily Life, we’ll help you start developing those habits today.