PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
A minimum of four hours a week practicing a sport is needed to properly develop cognitive expertise (defined as knowledge about a game and the ability to make a quick decision while playing).
TROUBLE SLEEPING? TRY THESE
For those who have a difficult time getting to sleep- moderate exercise throughout the day improves sleep quality, as long as it’s not too close to bedtime. A glass of wine, or warm milk can take the edge off and improve relaxation. Tart (unsweetened) cherry juice 2 times per day increases melatonin naturally, which improves sleep quality. Warm baths, meditation, deep breathing, and reading may all provide relaxation in preparation for sleep. Snack on small portions of protein at least 3 hours before bed, avoiding stimulating carbs and caffeine.
GO BANANAS FOR RECOVERY
A recent study of cyclists compared the effectiveness of sports drinks to 1/2 a banana, and concluded that banana does as good a job of restoring electrolytes as sugary sports drinks for athletes, and a better job of providing Vitamin B6, potassium, antioxidants, and fiber. To maximize health when exercising, consider substituting water and 1/2 a banana for sugary sports drinks.
IS SEX REALLY EXERCISE
A study from the University of Quebec had 21 couples ages 21-35 wear a fitness tracker while jogging at 65% of max heart rate for 25-minutes and while having intercourse. Men burned about 4.2 calories per minute during sex and 9.2 calories while jogging. While women burned less, 7.1 jogging and 3.3 calories during sex. Sex is good for you, but doesn’t last long enough to be considered exercise, so you can’t count every quickie as a workout.
PRAY FOR BETTER HEALTH
Over 800 worldwide studies have found that patients receiving medical treatments that have a connection to spirituality or religion demonstrate significantly better physical health outcomes than those who do not. Investigate developing a sense of connectedness to a greater being for support during a health crisis.