When you stretch, ease your body into position until you feel the stretch and hold for 30 seconds. Breath deeply to help your body move oxygen rich blood into your muscles. Don't bounce or force yourself into painful positions.
Learn to do stretching exercises when you wake up. It boosts circulation and digestion and eases back pain. Yoga is a great option but even a very basic stretching routine will be beneficial.
Energize your brain. Neurobics for your brain activate the brain's biochemical pathways that can help strengthen or preserve brain circuits. For example, brush your teeth with your "other" hand or take a new route to work. This type of activity may lower rates of Alzheimer's disease.
Back to school time can be stressful enough, so you don't want to add an unexpected illness on top of it. Here are some health tips to have a healthy start to your school year.
-Update your vaccinations: make sure everyone in the family is up to date to prevent illnesses as well as reducing the chance of spreading illness in your community.
-Go to Bed: sleep is an integral part of health. Make sure your child is getting 7-8 hours a night, even more for younger children.
-Wash Your Hands: washing hands is the number one defense against illness so teach your children the proper hand washing technique.
-Provide healthy food and snacks: sugary foods can lead to hyperactivity, weight problems and energy crashes. Proper nutrition helps keep everyone focused and gives your child the energy to last through the school day.
-Notify School of Allergies: make sure to provide any prescribed treatment to the school along with any written instructions or doctor's note that the school may require.