Health, Fitness briefs
We all know poor communication is bad for your health. Evidence suggests that communicating effectively enhances our health and self-esteem, nurtures our relationships, and helps us cope with stress.
Try this simple exercise with a partner: You each get to talk for three full minutes about anything you want. When it is your turn to listen, give the other person your total attention.
Just listen. Lean forward toward the speaker, make eye contact occasionally but don’t stare.
Try not to judge what the other person is saying.
After the exercise discuss how it feels to be the listener and how it feels to be listened to. Being a good listener is not so easy, so practice, it’s good for your health.
Source: Molly Ross, executive director, Integris James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit
Weekly Fit Tip
What are the benefits to working out at night?
We hear so much about morning being the best time to work out.
But what about the night owls in the crowd?
Some of you simply can’t function like a normal human being before 7 a.m., and some of you have no choice but to work out at night because of your schedule. So let’s give a shout out to those who sweat past sunset and find out why it can be a good idea.
No crowds, no rush:
With everyone trying to fit in a pre-work work out, gyms are crowded in the morning. Come past 8 p.m. and you’re the king or queen of the place. No fight for treadmills, no wait for dumbbells, and no line at the showers. Plus, when you don’t stress about making it to work on time, you can focus on your workout instead of watching the clock.
Make healthy choices:
The quitting bell rings and next comes happy hours with friends and dinners out — potential diet disasters. But if you know you’ll be taking a Zumba class in a few hours, you won’t go overboard with food and drink. And with post-workout healthy habits at the top of your mind, you’ll be less likely to veg out in front of the TV with a pint of ice cream when you get home.
Let’s be clear: a calorie burned at 8 a.m. is the same as a calorie burned at 8 p.m. However, your performance might be better or worse depending on how your energy and moods shift throughout the day. If you’re really not a morning person, you might feel stronger in the evening compared with the morning. And if you feel stronger at night, your workout performance will be stronger as well.
Decompress and de-stress:
When you’ve spent the last eight hours working, hauling around kids or running errands, a late-night sweat session is just the stress buster you need. Jump on a machine or hit the weights and forget about the day. Or take a relaxing yoga class, zen out and wind down for the night. You’ll be decompressed and ready to hit the sheets when you get home.
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