The more we learn about our own bodies, the more interesting our technology becomes. We still don’t know everything there is to know about the brain and the nervous system, but there’s plenty that we do have a pretty firm grasp of understanding on. Bone conduction has been a rising market for some time now, with headsets, earpieces, and even advertisements being played through glass on trains.
When you’re sitting at your desk, do you slump back into your seat trying to meld your spine to the chair in hopes of being more comfortable? Or are you the type that tries to sit perfectly upright the entire time your bum touches the cushion? When you try to sit upright, you’re activating a lot more core muscles than just giving in to the chair cushion. Of course, that’s only a small amount compared to the ball chairs that make you use all of your core muscles just to stay upright.
When you spend most of your day sitting on your hind quarters in front of a computer, your whole body can quickly become stiff. We’re supposed to get up every two hours and stretch, but more often than not we forget to eat, let alone move from our workstation. After weeks, months, or even years of this behavior, we develop delightful knots in our backs and necks of which it seems only expensive massages can take care of.
We all want that amazing beach body, but that would require us to eat bland food and work out. It’s not really that exercising is terrible, it’s just really boring. Not only are you doing the same tedious task over and over again, but it’s not engaging your mind at all. You end up sweaty and feeling great afterward, but it’s hard to have an hour of focusing on…not focusing.
If you’re looking to get into shape, you know that slow and steady wins the race. You have to gradually cut things out of your diet that aren’t good for you, start walking before you run, and go easy if you start throwing around weights. For those that like the idea of using a kettlebell, you’re literally throwing around weights, and need to make sure you don’t overdo it before you’re ready. Apart from having proper form, you need to be kind to yourself in regards to how much weight you use.
Belly dancing is beautiful, sexy, and really hard to do. If you’ve ever taken a crack at trying to do a body roll or shimmy, you know how hard it can be to try and isolate certain aspects of your body to move them like you want. Once you see performers like Rachel Brice and can understand basic mechanisms of how to isolate your body movements, you can appreciate how much harder still it is to isolate muscle groups to look fluid.
Keeping excess weight off is a lifelong battle. We run, lift weights, eat less and take supplements, but a few days of slipping can put us on the fast track to gaining weight again. You can’t take a pill and watch the pounds fall off, but there are a few methods to burn more calories while seemingly doing nothing. That sounds like it might be too good to be true, but a NASA scientist developed one of these methods, so there must be some validity to it, right?
We always talk about how we want to go get a massage, but it takes a year or two and measurable pain to make us go through with it. Our posture from using our phones, sitting at desks for hours on end, and sitting in a car to commute is not doing us any favors. It’s not something we think about, but the effects are pretty obvious as we’re in serious amounts of pain just about every day .
Hate exercise? Me too! But there’s a wealth of information that proves its a necessary evil. Getting up and getting going isn’t just about looking good, its about living longer, healthier, more productive lives. Sure, its good for the old cardiovascular system, but its also good for your brain, you bones… heck, every bit of you. So what else do you need to know to get moving?
We see more and more activity trackers on the market, and many of them have the option to track how we sleep. While it is important to get proper nutrition and exercise in, sleep should be just as high of a priority. Of course, when you sleep you don’t want to have to wear a bracelet, but the information it can provide is always useful.