Health and fitness tips this Christmas season

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Being fit and healthy especially during Christmas season is a chore most of us fail. We have all the time to relax, sleep and eat what we want thanks to the ‘holiday moods’ and plenty of time. We find ourselves stuck in the rut of waking to eat then going back to sleep or sit and watch movies with large bowls of popcorn or chips as the day unfolds. By the time Christmas is over, we have more weight to get rid of. To help you stay fit at this most beautiful time of your life, here are a few health and fitness tips this Christmas season which you can adopt and live a healthy lifestyle throughout Christmas.

Tips

Be active and helpful around the house

fdgdfgdfgdfgfdggfdgSitting and sleeping all day is not good if you want to maintain your physique and your health. Just keeping yourself busy is enough to help you get rid of excess calories no matter what you choose to indulge in during the holidays. Offering to volunteer with household chores, making the backyard clean or grooming the house can all make a difference. If you find all these boring, painting your room, changing your home decor or making a few changes to make your home more appealing can add to the calorie burn, in turn, keeping you healthy! If that is not enough, why not involve yourself in your local gym?

Adopt a healthy eating plan

Eating what you want simply because it is a holiday and eating right are two different things. You can choose to let go of yourself by indulging in whatever feels good to you, and you can choose to eat only the best for your body throughout Christmas. Stocking your fridge with healthy treats and lots of fruits and veggies can help you be in good shape at the end of the holiday.

Many people gain weight which leads to other health issues like heart problems and even obesity due to poor lifestyle choices. So, choose to stick to healthier stuff and keep the other unhealthy stuff to moderation. A few cookies once a week is not bad, but a large bowl daily is not healthy. So, make the right decisions always.

Lead a healthy lifestyle

fdgdfgdfgdfgdfgfdgfdghHolidays can get anyone carried away with the fun and everything involved in it. No matter what, choose to go to bed early, stay away from indulging in harmful behavior like drinking too much or smoking. Keep yourself healthy because a few nights out with friends can seem not too harmful at first but the more nights spent without enough sleep could alter your ability to make the right food choices or the right health decisions. Also, poor sleep could have a negative impact on your health. Lack of sleep is a precursor for weight gain.

Conclusion

We all love holidays, but we hate the baggage that comes with it as far as health matters are concerned. To keep you sane, make sure to note down your health goals and to work hard to make sure that you do not start from your health goals. This way, you will enjoy your Christmas and still keep your waistline throughout!

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What You Need To Know About Aspirin Therapy For Your Heart Condition

Aspirin has been most people’s first choice pain reliever for centuries now. Aspirin therapy is considered as an effective medication that can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Studies carried out on the effectiveness of aspirin, showed that people who take aspirin reduced their chances of getting cardiovascular diseases by 10 percent. But not everyone is entitled to use aspirin for their heart condition. There are some necessary facts that you should be aware of before even thinking of it; that is why experts recommend that you get a thorough assessment of your health conditions before starting to use aspirin therapy for your heart.

Things to know about aspirin therapy for your heart

Aspirin therapy not suitable for everyone

thwuosapo43t4rgh43rge4rerhtrt6This therapy is not recommended to be taken on a regular basis unless there is a thorough assessment by a well-informed doctor to justify its use. It is therefore recommended that if you have a heart condition, you ask your doctor to perform a CT scan for your heart beforehand to assess your level of risk in suffering a heart attack in future before prescribing you to aspirin therapy.

It has side effects

Aspirin therapy though beneficial in the long-run, it has its side effects. Experts claim that continuous use of aspirin can lead to increase in bleeding, specifically in the stomach and gastrointestinal areas. Although the bleeding may be minimal and may go away, it can be critical, and no prognosis can be carried out to determine when it will happen or whether or not it will happen.

Aspirin therapy can be a life-saving

If you have previously experienced heart conditions such as heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery, angina or any other coronary artery conditions, then using aspirin is a sure way to keep these heart conditions at bay. Aspirin acts as a secondary prevention with its benefits being more significant than the bleeding risk that could arise from using it.

Consult your doctor before using aspirin therapy for your heart conditions

Aspirin work by inhibiting clotting of the blood platelets, which if not inhibited may lead to blockage of blood supply to the vessels and turn result in heart attack. Due to aspirin capacity to prevent clotting of blood, it is highly advisable first to engage your doctor before proceeding to use this therapy in any emergency treatment, surgery, dental treatment or any test that could cause bleeding. It is also advisable that you don’t stop using aspirin therapy at once as it may lead to a rebound effect.

From the facts above about the use of aspirin therapy for heart conditions, it is clear that all the positive benefits of this therapy outweigh the risk of bleeding which is the only side effect of this therapy. But even though that is true, consulting your doctor before using aspirin therapy is something that you must do before proceeding to use it.

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Five habits to Improve Your Mental Wellness

People who are emotionally healthy have a sense of wellbeing, able to function in every situation and feel confident to rise to a challenge when the opportunity present itself. Having a good mental health means you can be able to handle life’s challenges, recover from the daily setbacks and build a strong relationship with the people around you. Just like a sound physical health, there are habits you can adopt to improve your mental wellness.

Habits to improve your mental wellness.

Improve your body wellness and stay mentally sound by adopting the following simple steps:

Mental Exercises

jjaf32if32lk43tg34gThey help the mind function well as people advance in age. It is quite normal for people with mental illness to experience dull thing and forgetfulness. Exercise your brain by engaging in games with you kids. Games will help you refresh your memory and stay focused.

Manage stress

Being stressed is normal but when it becomes overwhelming, it can aggravate to physical and mental health problems, damage your mood and affect your relationship with the people around you. While stress may be a normal thing, too much stress need to be managed by engaging your senses and use of relaxation techniques such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing. Another way to manage you stress is to manage you emotion by understanding that emotions, especially those nasty ones can make a huge difference in our ability to manage stress and moods.

Fitness

It is believed that physical activities such as exercises affects mental health. Studies have shown that a quick round of jumping jacks will improve blood circulation, release tension from the body. The good this is that such exercises can be done in any place even right in your office.

Nutrition

By introducing whole, colorful and living food to you diet, you improve your overall body health. Foods such as fruits and vegetable have vital nutrients feed the body cells, and some regulate your neurotransmitters such as serotonin.

Things to limit or sometime avoid

Isolation: Isolation can lead to depression, whatever situation you are in, avoid isolation by ensuring that you arrange for regular social activities with colleagues, friends, neighbors or family members.

Limit time on screens: people love chatting through the smartphones and computers denying you the face-to-face communication that meaningfully help you connect with others.

Avoid drug abuse and cigarettes: These are body stimulants that make you feel good in the short term without knowing the long-term consequences on your mental health.

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