The Best Things You Can Do for Your Body

Living healthy and well shouldn’t have to cost you an absurd amount of cash. Research shows that there are small, everyday changes you can make to drastically improve your health. These are some of the best things you can do for your body:

Strengthen Your Back Muscles

Aside from building a better-looking body, improving posture, and increasing self-confidence, having a toned back and strong lower-back muscles have been shown to have many other benefits. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime. Whether it’s due to heavy use, poor exercise habits or having a sedentary lifestyle, back pain has been one of the biggest on-going problems that adults face today. Luckily, proper exercise can help strengthen your back muscles and alleviate major aches and pains.

Exercise is good for low back pain, but improper exercise can have the opposite effect. Lateral pull-downs, rows, pull-ups, pull-overs, and rear flyes are all great for strengthening your back muscles. Just make sure you exercise properly to get the most benefit out of your workouts.

Meditation

Meditation has been one of the longest-lasting methods used to relieve stress and induce feelings of peace and emotional stability. Even though meditation is an old method that has been around for thousands of years, people are still finding use in the practice today.

20-30 minutes a day is all it takes to start noticing major benefits and improvements to your well-being. Meditation improves your focus, attention, and your ability to work well under stress. Meditation also increases your pain tolerance, decreases need for sleep, helps manage A.D.H.D, makes you live longer, and many more amazing benefits.

To get the most out of your meditation, studies show that you should practice the right type of meditation, a method tailored to your individual need.

Drink Tea

Water may be the best beverage for your body, but tea also has a list of significant perks. Regular green tea consumption can improve memory and cognition, speeds up your metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and boosts immunity. Green tea also acts as an anti-inflammatory substance and can even help treat bad breath! From helping to improve your skin to preventing hangovers, there is a list of incredible things tea can do for your body.

Sleep and Nap

There’s an old saying that the most successful people don’t sleep. And although that may be a common belief, that doesn’t mean it’s a healthy one. The misconception is that people who take naps during the day are either lazy or depressed and that they will feel exhausted and foggy after waking up. However, according to the National Sleep Foundation, that’s not actually true. If you’re tired in the middle of the day during your body’s designated “wakefulness” period, then take a nap.

Depending on your body’s need for sleep, whether it be a lack of alertness or exhaustion, there are many different types of naps that can have a positive impact on your health.

Cheat on Your Diet

Yo-yo dieting or neglecting to have a stable healthy diet can obviously be harmful to your overall health. Because yo-yo dieting disrupts your body’s natural hunger drive and metabolism, researchers say that it can cause the 100 trillion microbial cells in your gut to go into a state of disarray and confusion.

Yo-yo dieting is bad, but scheduling cheat meals can be one of the best things you can do for your body. Everyone deserves a reward for good behavior and sticking to a tough diet, right? So, instead of cutting loose and overindulging in beer over the weekends, you should stick to your routine but actually schedule a time to “cheat”.

Treating yourself with weekly cheat meals that are higher in calories and carbohydrates may in-turn help raise leptin levels and lower ghrelin. There are many different tips on how to properly schedule cheat meals, check them out.

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http://www.livestrong.com/article/152070-what-are-the-benefits-of-back-exercises/

http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/lower-back-pain-10/slideshow-exercises

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

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