Did you know that the way we breathe can offer a powerful way of calming our body under stress?
Why is committing to exercise so hard? We all know that it will make us happy, reduce stress, improve our health and prolong our life. Even though it is a real ‘no-brainer’, many of us struggle putting it into practice.
Unfortunately, whilst one part of our brain might desire to be healthier and happier, another part wants to conserve energy. So, on the one hand, we want to be as fit and healthy as can be, but at the same time, we gravitate towards doing absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, the biggest obstacle to getting exercise lies between our ears.
According to a national report published last week by the Scientific Advisory Body on Nutrition, a great many of us have worryingly low levels of Vitamin D. This is a problem for one in five adults and one in six children. Vitamin D has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Low levels are associated with a number of physical conditions, including cardio-vascular problems, obesity, cancer and osteoporosis. It is also starting to become linked with depression, although at the moment we aren't sure if low levels of Vitamin D are a cause or an effect of being depressed.
With today’s hectic pace of life there appears to be a greater need to take breaks or holidays. In fact, a lot of research now highlights the health benefits of taking vacations. For example, the famous Framlington Heart Study in America, followed 12,000 men over a nine year period and found a clear link between the holidays and physical wellbeing. As one researcher put it, "The more frequent the vacations, the longer the men lived”.