Friday, June 10, 2016

Step By Step: How To Look After Your Body Properly

We all want to be able to be as healthy as possible. These days, that seems to be getting harder and harder. Part of the problem is in the nature of our lifestyle. For many of us, finding the time to be active and take proactive steps towards our own health can seem impossible. But no matter who you are, there are ways to start taking better care of your body today. If you feel that the main problem is that you cannot find the time, then it is a good idea to address that issue first of all. Of course, it all depends on your lifestyle and routine, so nobody but you can work this out. But a good idea is to sit down and look at your routine in an average week. See if you can find any examples of periods of time which seem to be wasted. Is there an hour in front of the television which could better be spent being active, for example? Or maybe you can cut down on your workload one day a week? It all depends on you, but it is worth having a think about.


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When you create more time in your life for exercise, you suddenly find that you have no excuse not to do it. And that is good news. Getting to the point where exercise is an ordinary part of your everyday routine is a great thing to accomplish in itself. But to get there, you first need to take lots of baby steps. If you are keen to discover how you can take a fresh stance towards your own health, then read on. In this post, we will look at the main organs of the body, and how you can more effectively take care of them. Doing so will both extend your life, and improve its quality.

The Heart


It goes without saying that the heart is one of the most vital organs in the body. Without it, you truly would not continue. Your heart is what keeps you pumping, literally, day in, day out. We all know this, and yet very few of us actually make the effort to properly look after the old ticker. Why is this? For many people, it is probably a case of burying their head in the sand. It is much easier to pretend as though it doesn’t matter, rather than admit that our hearts might need a bit more attention. So what exactly can we do to keep our hearts pumping at a healthy rate?


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Well, there are plenty of exercises and activities which help the heart do its job. The truth is that a very small amount of exercise is required to make significant improvements to your heart’s health. If you are currently in the position where you find it difficult to squeeze in any exercise at all, then make this one change. Every day, go for a fifteen-minute walk. Even just making this small change will dramatically improve the condition of your heart over a matter of weeks. It doesn’t even need to be high-intensity exercise to do the job.


Of course, if you can, high-intensity exercise is beneficial. What the heart needs to stay on form is a movement between resting states and active states. Good cardiovascular exercise provides a combination of fast moving, intense workout, and short rests. This, after all, mimics what the heart really does - and so helps to keep it in shape. If you feel able, carry out this kind of exercise at least once a week. This will greatly reduce your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke, so it is definitely worth it.


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While we are on the subject of avoiding heart attacks, there is another important step you should take - if it applies to you. Smoking tobacco is incredibly damaging for your heart, and hugely increases your heart attack risk. Seriously consider stopping smoking, or at the very least, cutting down. Looking after your heart is one of the most important steps you can take on the road to better health. For more on what can go wrong with your heart, take a look at this info from Abbott EP.


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The Brain


Just as important to your overall health is the brain. Without the brain, there really would be very little to us as human beings. The organ that allows us to think, feel and make decisions is also the organ which is most often forgotten. It is a strange fact that, despite the obvious, people sometimes forget to consider their brain in exercise. The good news is that it often benefits from exercise and being active, regardless. But are there certain ways to specifically improve the functionality of the brain? What exercises really benefit this vital organ?


The truth is, just about any kind of physical exercise you carry out will have a positive impact on the brain. This organ needs oxygen desperately in order to cope, so you should make sure that you are exercising regularly. If you can only get out for a jog twice a week, that is plenty to keep the brain in check. Most of all, it benefits from cardiovascular exercise of a medium to high intensity. But exercise is only one piece of the puzzle. The thing about the brain is that it is very complex. There is a lot that we can do to take better care of it, and ensure its increased longevity.

One key approach is to learn to manage your stress. Our hectic modern lives unfortunately have a lot of stress inherently embedded in them. However, that does not mean that you can’t learn to do something about it. On a very basic level, stress management might have to include making serious changes to the way you structure your life. If your work is stressing you out too much, then you might like to consider changing jobs, for example. Or another life situation might be preventing you from enjoying any downtime by yourself. These things which we once considered basic have been cast aside by our modern consumerist culture. Now we are made to believe that self-worth is measured by the amount of work that you do. If you are really keen to reduce the stress in your life, it is vital that you take a step back from the culture which feeds you. You need to look at the way your life is organized, and ask yourself if it is the healthiest lifestyle you can think of.


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Ultimately, reducing stress will mean a brain which can handle new stimuli with greater ease. The more you avoid and reduce stress, the better off your brain will be - and so the rest of your body and mind. Meditating on God’s Word might also prove to be helpful in this area, or simply taking conscious, measured breaths before bed. Remember, too, that your brain is a machine which thrives on novelty. Do your best to live a life of varied stimulation and fascinating notions. Nothing is better for your brain than that.

The Lungs


We have all known that feeling when you try to carry on with some exercise, but your chest won’t allow you. Try as you might to push on, there is a tightness or a rigidity there which just won’t let it happen. This is a more common experience than you might think, but that is not to say that it is a healthy sign. It’s not, it’s a sign of a poor set of lungs which haven’t been given much chance to operate efficiently. If you are serious about taking back control of your health, then you simply can’t ignore the overbearing importance of the lungs.


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You already know that the lungs are used in taking in and expelling air - but that’s not all they do. They effectively break down the oxygen which you are taking in, so that it can get to your cells more efficiently. Without the lungs doing their job as well as they can, your body can be in some serious trouble pretty quickly. So what should we be doing to ensure our lungs stay on form?
Let’s get the first, most obvious things out of the way first. We have touched upon this already, but it is always worth repeating. If you smoke regularly, consider stopping doing so. Smoking causes an excessive build up of tar in the lungs. This happens probably much faster than you know it. It also happens regardless of what you are smoking. Any dead plant matter that you take into your lungs causes some amount of tar. With tar in the lungs, they have a harder time of doing their job. Not only that, but they are also much more likely to contract cancer. And as we all know, lung cancer is deadly.


Moving on to what you can actively do to ensure a longer and happier life for your lungs. It goes without saying that cardiovascular exercise on a routine basis is a very good thing for your lungs. They need to have as much practice as possible taking in air and expelling it at different rhythms. Exercise allows them this opportunity. Getting regular exercise dramatically reduces your risk of asthma and emphysema.


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To keep your lungs strong and healthy, make sure to make an effort to breathe deeply more often. Even when not done in exercise, this is hugely beneficial for your lungs.