Health Bulletin

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THE MAGIC OF FIVE

5 MINUTES TO THE BIG IDEA
The next time you’re stuck for a solution, get out of your chair. Taking a short walk boosts creative thinking better than sitting, according to a study in the Journal Of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory And Cognition. No, you don’t need a long, sweaty workout session — a 15-minute walk
is enough.

5-SECOND FIX
Just how thinking about a good restaurant makes you want to go there again, recalling a workout win—like that time you hiked to a gorgeous view or finished your first 3 km run—may inspire you to get moving, according to a recent study published in the journal Memory.

GOT 5 MINUTES?
Research suggests that a short blast of intense exercise can rev up your metabolism more effectively than a slow and steady workout. And, if you can squeeze in a few five-minute sessions scattered through the day, even better. Several small, intense moments of exercises over the course of a day actually improve blood pressure more dramatically than one long workout.

Are your energy levels dropping despite working out regularly?

Fitness trainer Wanitha Ashok says post workout mistakes might be to blame.

MISTAKE 1:You don’t cool down
Take time to let your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal levels to reduce risk of injury. Finish off with some light aerobics or a short walk on the treadmill.

MISTAKE 2:You forget to stretch
Doing stretches post workout can help reduce soreness. It not only helps you relax, it also means you will hit the gym again sooner.

MISTAKE 3:You don’t snack afterward
Food fuels you up before you start working out, and also helps with muscle-repair after workout. You’ll do well with a combination of carbs and proteins. Opt for low-fat greek yoghurt or a fistful of nuts.

MISTAKE 4:You reward yourself too much
Once you are done working out, don’t use that as an excuse to indulge in all the junk you’ve been eyeing all evening. That won’t get you the results you are after.

BODY BEHAVIOUR

You’re almost twice as likely to search for health related Web content on Mondays and Tuesdays, as opposed to Saturdays, according to findings published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study also made interesting observations such as it is possible poor health habits on weekends motivate you to get back on track early the next week.

A good night’s sleep is essential for your body to recover after an intense workout. why? because that’s when your body really begins to heal and build stronger muscles.

THE HOT NEW CARB TREND

Brown rice is the hot health food. According to new findings published in the journal Food Nutrition Sciences, rice eaters tend to have more nutritious diets comprising more greens and veggies than those who don’t often eat rice. Brown rice, in small portions, serves as the perfect accompaniment to the rainbow on your plate and also fills you up.

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