Daily Inspiration for the body
Next time you fall into bed after a night of drinking and are amazed at how easy it is to head off to dreamland, consider these interesting notes on how alcohol affects your sleep. On the plus side, alcohol has a sedative affect on us, which is why in the old days, you'd hear people talking about a 'nightcap,' or a small dose of booze to mellow you out before you head off to bed. This effect can help you fall asleep faster, but it actually disrupts the tail end of your sleep pattern, where we get the most benefit from snoozing.
REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is considered to be the most restorative kind of sleep and turns out - alcohol blocks REM. With less of that restorative sleep, we tend to wake up unfocused and a bit out of it. When it comes to your nightcap - less is more in the way of zzzs.
Big surprise! Turns out not getting enough sleep leads to...sleepiness and fatigue! We all know what it's like to lurch out of bed after a night of tossing and turning, or just after staying up into the wee hours to finish that page turner. Once in awhile, it's not likely to do much damage if you turn off the lights an hour earlier the next night, you're feeling back to normal by mid week, right?
Keep an eye on this habit if you start to notice more long term effects like headaches or general fatigue. We're talking fatigue like you can't even bear to walk up the stairs when the elevator's out because your energy's so low. You might be advancing into real sleep deprivation and that's much harder to bounce back from.
Daily StretchLower Back Stretch
Type of Pose: Midday, Stretch Break
Hold for 1.5 minutes total
Stretch Benefits: Improves mental clarity by bringing fresh blood to your head. Reduces lower back compression and lengthens entire spine. Stretches hamstrings to reduce injuries when playing sports.
Start standing with your feet as wide as your shoulders. Lean forward so your hands touch the ground bending your knees if necessary. Relax your neck and let your head hang heavily. Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose for 30 seconds and think about lengthening your spine. Slowly come back up to standing. Repeat this three times.
Downing extra highballs before bed can certainly make you sleepy, but the effects of alcohol on your sleeping patterns is not so beneficial. Drinking too much of anything before you sign out for the night is going to make it more likely you'll have to wake up to relieve yourself before your alarm goes off, but alcohol is the biggest offender.
Alcohol supresses the release of ADH (Antidiuretic Hormone), whose job is to tell our kidneys to keep more fluid in than out - keeping us properly hydrated and taking more regular bathroom breaks. When we consume alcohol, it prevents the ADH from storing the extra fluid and - here's where 'break the seal' comes into play - we start a cycle of drinking and peeing for the rest of the night. Until that alcohol is out of your system and you are sufficiently rehydrated, expect to get up a few more times throughout the night!
Daily StretchNeck Tension Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Stretch Break, Evening
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Reduces tension in your neck and shoulders and can help reduce sharp chest pain.
Sit in a cross legged position with your hands on your knees. Inhale through your nose and squeeze your shoulders up towards your ears. Exhale through your nose and let them drop. Continue this action for one minute breathing with as much intensity as you can.
The chia seed is native to the Central Valley of Mexico and has been known and consumed for over 5000 years. It was used as a survival food by the Aztecs: it was said that a tablespoon of chia could keep a warrior fit for 24 hours. It also served as an offering to the gods.
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.