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5 Simple Health Tips from Gymnast Dominique Moceanu
Posted: Thu 08/08/2013 04:45 PM
We live in a world that is continuously moving, and we’re busier than ever. Below is a brief list of five simple health tips that can bring sensible, long-term benefits to your life. Enjoy!
Start each day with one full minute of gratitude. Take a few moments to write out a list of details in your life that you are thankful for, and read it out loud first thing in the morning. This ritual can help you feel more enthusiastic, in turn helping to decrease stress. Not only can gratitude kick start your zest for life and optimism, but it can improve your relationships, as well. Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to express your gratitude, and you’ll notice a noteworthy positive change in your outlook. Make it a daily ritual, and give your mental and physical health a boost at the outset of each day!
Make a habit of walking vigorously for 10 minutes a day. There are a number of physical activities that improve our fitness, however, walking is among the simplest of exercises. Due to the ease of walking, there exists a higher likelihood of a consistent and long-lasting commitment. Walking reduces the risk of breast cancer, osteoporosis and coronary artery disease. It's a basic, positive change we can make to effectively improve our overall health profile.
Take five minutes to stretch every day. Whether you’re an athlete or just beginning your path to health and wellness, stretching the major muscle groups of the body can improve your range of motion, improve your coordination, release muscular tension and increase circulation throughout your cardiovascular system. Not only does stretching feel good, but it makes your activities of daily living much easier. Everyone has time to stretch and it doesn’t require equipment, so treat your musculoskeletal system and mind with a gentle stretch daily!
Drink green tea! Not only is pure green tea calorie free, but it’s inexpensive and lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke, decreases tooth decay and helps fight osteoporosis. Drink up and take pleasure in the benefits of this natural infusion of antioxidants!
Laugh heartily and often! Laughing stimulates the pituitary gland to release natural endorphins throughout your body that make you feel good. A hearty laugh will increase your circulation, decrease blood pressure, and diminish stress. If those reasons aren’t enough, please recognize that jovial laughter gives your facial muscles, core muscles, and diaphragm a good physical workout. So take the time to watch your favorite sitcom or hilarious Internet video, and laugh your way to health.
The opinions, views and advice given by Dominique Moceanu are strictly her own.