Nike collaborated with more than 70 other companies and organizations to fund a study which found some eyebrow-raising results: today’s 10-year-olds can expect to lose 5 whole years off their life-spans. The study is called Designed to Move and is focused on bringing awareness to the increasing sedentary lifestyles worldwide and the importance of physical activity from a young age.
It may be easy to think of certain health problems as ones we shouldn’t worry about until later in life, but so much of how we spend our golden years is affected by what we do now. Bone health is a prime example. Up until the age of 30 or so, the body is building up total bone mass, and then bone mass starts to decrease. Osteoporosis (when the creation of new bone is overwhelmed by the deletion of old bone) doesn’t usually set in until about 65-70 years of age or older, but once it starts, there’s no turning back. And while there are indicators of whether you’re particularly at risk, there’s no guarantees, so working to build up as much bone mass as possible when you’re young is your best bet. Greatist came up with 10 ways to achieve this. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Vitamin D and K – Calcium is crucial for the proper development of bones and certain vitamins and minerals help it to be used more efficiently. Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption, and Vitamin K reduces the amount of calcium secreted by the body. For more Vitamin D in your life, look to shrimp, cereal, eggs, tuna, and supplements. For Vitamin K, try out kale, broccoli, and spinach.
- Exercise – If there’s one thing that seems to be on everyone’s ‘be more healthy’ list, it’s regular exercise. For building bone health, weight-bearing exercises like running, walking skiing, and weight-lifting are great.
- Less caffeine – While we love our coffee (especially when it’s Bulletproof), moderation is key for everything. One study has suggested that more than two cups of coffee per day can accelerate bone loss in people who don’t consume enough calcium. However, the study was conducted with women who already have osteoporosis, so take it with a grain of salt.
According to Greatist, there are three main reasons we overeat:
- We have been trained to misinterpret our body’s signals and needs. Next time you feel the urge for a snack, try drinking a glass of water to make sure you weren’t really thirsty.
- We are distracted during meals (like watching television) and can quickly lose track of how much we’re eating. If this is you, try turning off the tube when you eat, focusing on your plate, how good your food is, and you may find yourself more satisfied by the time you take your last bite.
- And, the most identifiable reason: emotions and stress can send us on a binge. Try to be mindful of why you’re taking the whole ice cream carton instead of grabbing a small bowl. Is something else bothering you? Did you have a bad day? If so, try picking up the phone or logging on to GChat to talk it over with a friend.
How many times have you heard, “think of the bright side,” even when terrible things happen? Well, it seems that a positive attitude isn’t something to just make you feel better. Recent studies have found that people with high levels of optimism have lower rates of cancer, heart disease, and immune disorders. Thinking positively can also help you land a job and keep a stable relationship.
Greatist came up with several tips on how to be a positive thinker. Here are a few:
- Write it down. Either in the morning when you wake up or at night before you go to bed, write down what you’re grateful for or what you’ve accomplished that day. Even if the list is small, it will help you to dwell on the positives!
- Speak with success. Even if you know you bombed your board presentation, maybe you got a certain point across particularly well, or you’ll have another chance next week and this was a good learning experience. When sharing with your friends how certain things went, try to put a positive spin on it, and you may find yourself feeling better.
- Smile. It sounds simple, but a research study found that participants who were forced to smile found cartoons funnier than those who weren’t. Therefore, having a smile on your face when unexpected event-X happens might make for a better outcome.
Starting the post off with this might have scared people away, and that’s exactly the problem! It’s the type of attitude Greatist is trying to rectify. Defecating is something everyone does, and its important to know what’s normal and what’s not.
Check out these interesting facts:
- It’s normal to go anywhere from three times a day to once every three days, which means that the average person goes approximately once a day.
- On average, a person produces 1 ounce of stool for each 12 pounds of body weight.
- Diarrhea is usually caused by infections, medications, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and diet.
- When diarrhea pays a visit, drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and apple and pear juice.
- Poop/feces/stool (pick your poison) is about 75% water. The rest is dead and living bacteria (good ones, though!).
- It’s normal for poop’s appearance to vary depending on lifestyle factors such as what a person eats in a given day, how hydrated and physically active they are, and even their stress levels.
- Ever wonder where that fragrant aroma comes from? All that bacteria working to get rid of the waste from your body are responsible.
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