Wellness Wednesday – 8/5/20
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Your Good Health is Your Most Important Asset
Did you know that in the United States, Americans use preventative health care services about half the recommended amount? Despite the benefits of preventative health care services, many of us choose to go without them.
Seven out of 10 deaths are attributed to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. These diseases are often preventable and with regular screenings be identified in the early stages.
Recommended steps to being your healthiest are annual physical exams, age-appropriate screenings, immunizations as needed as well as engaging in lifestyle choices that include physical activity, sleep and a healthy diet. Learn what you can do by checking out these Health Preventive Guidelines below:
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
How Lockdown May Have Changed Your Personality
Everyone’s experience with quarantine and COVID-19 has differed. Some were forced into months of unbroken solitude, others trapped for weeks on end with an estranged spouse. Some welcomed the quarantine as it has allowed for less hectic schedules and more personal time.
Whichever way the lockdown played out, there has been one near universal aspect to the past months – it abruptly disrupted our daily routines and living arrangements in ways that would not normally occur.
For much of psychology’s history, one’s personality was considered set in stone, at least beyond early adulthood. Research over the last few decades, however, has led to a consensus that, while personality traits are relatively stable, they are not completely fixed. Instead they continue to evolve through life and in response to major life events.
In my own personal experience, I’ve been feeling less stressed due to less driving around, but I’m also more introverted. Many others have reported similar feelings, as isolation leaves plenty of room for personal time and introspection.
Still, it’s very difficult to say exactly how much people will change because of quarantine and in what ways. This is partly due to the lack of longitudinal data, but also because people’s experiences of lockdown were so different.
Okinawan Practice of Sitting On the Floor is Linked to Health and Longevity
Okinawa, Japan, is one of the 5 blue zones where people live exceptionally long and healthy lives and is home to the world’s longest-lived women.
In Okinawa, people traditionally sit on the floor to read, eat, talk and relax instead of sitting in chairs, though this practice is dying out among younger generations in Asia.
Okinawan centenarians sit and get up from the floor dozens or hundreds of times per day. This exercises their legs, back, and core in a natural way as they get up and down all day long. Sitting on the floor also improves posture and increases overall strength, flexibility and mobility.
Studies correlate the ability to sit and rise from the floor without support with a longer life expectancy. Sitting on the floor also develops musculoskeletal fitness.