Making Your Bed…

Posted by Lenny Variano on June 14, 2019
People who make their bed may have a better chance of getting a good night sleep.made-bed According to a poll taken by the National Sleep Foundation, 19% of those surveyed reported that they slept better if they came home to a bed that has been made. There seems to be a strong connection about feeling good about where you sleep and having a good night sleep.
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Strong Bones…

Posted by Lenny Variano on June 14, 2019

Are certain activities more beneficial in building bones? Does cycling as opposed to running have an effect on the density of our bones? Studies are showing that high impact sports as opposed to low impact sports have a much more beneficial effect on building bone. Activities that force the bones to bend or deform slightly encourage the body to increase the number of bone cells and prepare bones for the impacts that happen normally in life. Do swimmers and cyclists put less force on their bones than runners? At the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences studies were done looking closely at the skeletons of world class cyclists and runners. All were in their 20’s, lean, both sexes, fit and had adequate calcium intake. Even though the cyclists trained more hours than the runners, their bone mineral density was much lower. If you engage in low impact sports such as swimming and cycling, although you may have considerable aerobic capacity, it may be beneficial to make time to include a strenuous weight training session to help build stronger bones.

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The wording and appearance of a menu can have a lot to do with how you select a certain item. Any dish that is written in script is meant to convey a feeling of quality. Omitting dollar signs usually makes a person less conscious about cost. The chef’s recommendation is not always the healthiest. Ask about the ingredients and preparation before opting for this choice. Using descriptive adjectives such as tangy or plump will cause a mouthwatering effect and can possibly distract us from ordering a healthier dish. If possible look over a menu before you go to a particular restaurant and figure out the best option to help maintain a healthy eating plan.

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Can distraction actually help in relieving pain? Unlike TV, which is a distraction, Virtual Reality techniques completely immerse the person in a new environment. This multi-sensory experience is entertaining, interactive and relaxing. The brain simply has no room to process pain. The cost of VR has come down significantly and is now being used in combination with cognitive, hypnotic and physical therapy as well as treating debilitating chronic pain. What it actually does is give the brain a busy signal when it comes to registering pain. Virtual Reality therapy is not a cure, but it can help with difficult situations a doctor may have to face. For example, a burn victim may find relief while their burns are being cleaned by being immersed in a snowy environment. In so doing this temporary relief from suffering may help the person deal better with pain in the future by showing them coping techniques. The cost of the headsets run about $300. Using them on a regular basis can teach mindfulness and breathing techniques and the possibility of reducing pain medications.

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