Mental Exercise and why to do them

Mental Exercise and why to do them

Not many people I know do mental exercise daily, or weekly for that matter.

So today I want to shine light on a topic I’ve had going before: mental exercise and the benefits of them.

If you are also interested in knowing more, you can read the full post from last year here

 

I hope you all have a happy life, one day at a time!

 

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Benefits of mental exercise

Benefits of mental exercise

 

So… mental exercise… who here practices that daily? Weekly?
Well I don’t, and not many people I know do… So here is 12 reasons to start doing some mental exercise:

 

  1. Improve your verbal skills
  2. Helps and challenges both your short and long time memory to boost it
  3. Makes you think more logical
  4. Improves your attention and focus
  5. Keeps your healthy by challenging it at least a couple of days a week
  6. Can boost your base level brain functions
  7. Makes it easier to problem solve
  8. Can increase your IQ- well because learning makes you smarter
  9. Makes you think faster
  10. Improves your self-esteem- we feel better about ourselves when we do something good for ourselves
  11. Lower your risk of dementia and Alzheimers
  12. Increases productivity because you now think faster and are more focused

 

So now that we know that we SHOULD exercise our brains at least a couple of days a week. But how? Well there are a lot of ways. The ones I use the most are these:

  • The app “Duolingo” to learn new languages
  • YouTube: to use learning programs or watch debates. Finding someone who do not agree with you about something makes your brain do a lot of thinking. It might be good once in a while to get your opinions challenged
  • Sudokus
  • Crosswords
  • The app “elevate”
  • The app “memorado”
  • Board games which are logic and strategy games. Like Trivial pursuit or RISK.
    I especially love playing board games with friends or family, so you get to spend quality time with your loved ones AND exercise your brain 😉
  • Youtubers like: “the infographics show”, “asapSCIENCE”, “Crash Course” or “TED-ed” are some of my favorites

 

Now go out and learn!

 

I hope you all have a happy life one day at a time 😊

Xoxo ❤

 

Luna

 

Benefits of yoga

Benefits of yoga

 

For me, yoga is a great way to stay healthy in both body and mind and therefore I aspire to do at least a little of this every day.

There is one trillion yoga poses (that is maybe a little exaggeration) and they all help with a lot of different things.

Some helps a lot with digestion, some with losing weight, others with balance and focus. There are even yoga poses to calm down and fall asleep, or to get energized and moving.
I usually do a little of each when I do yoga (I don’t always take the ones to both sleep and getting energized since that seems a little unnecessary, but tailor them more for if I actually need to calm down or if I need to get going for something I need to be pumped for)

 

Today I will tell you a little about the benefits of doing yoga, so that you hopefully will start doing a little bit of yoga occasionally too

 

  1. Increases lung capacity because you have so much focus on breathing while doing yoga
  2. Focusing on breathing in yoga also gives you more oxygen to the brain so that it will function better while improving your focus and concentration
  3. The slow breathing (I know, why so many benefits of breathing? Well because it is ESSENTIAL for living- literally) causes your body and mind to slow down and therefore balances your hormones, which makes you de-stress.
  4. Increases your arm strength- it has been shown that after 16 classes, your arm strength will have increased by 12% because so many yoga poses have you using your arms in different ways that you normally would
  5. You get a better posture by doing yoga since there is such a huge focus on how you utilize your body. This also improves your sense of balance
  6. Another study has shown, that you after 8 weeks of yoga practice increases your flexibility by 35% because your stretch and exercise your muscles so much during yoga
  7. Can help treat arthritis. Doing yoga regularly has been shown to work as pain relief for people who suffers from arthritis
  8. Makes you more flexible because you stretch both your muscles, ligaments and tendons
  9. Helps lose weight because most yoga poses stimulate the liver, activates the thyroid gland and creates the right pH- balance in the body (and just saying- some yoga poses can make you sweat. A LOT)
  10. Helps prevent lower back pain. It has been shown that if you just do two 90-minute yoga classes a week for six months, your lower back pain should be eased with 56%. This is caused because almost every yoga poses exercise your back muscles.
  11. Keeps you happy. One hour of yoga increases the levels of depression fighting chemicals in your brain by 27%
  12. Yoga works as anxiety relief. A study has shown that 12 weeks of yoga can helps reduce anxiety while increasing the gamma-aminobutyric levels in the brain (if the gamma-aminobutyric levels get low we are more prone to get depressed or anxious)
  13. Studies have shown that after three months of yoga practice migraine sufferers have fewer and less painful migraines
  14. Yoga might fight food cravings. Yoga means you have to be aware of your breathing. This has been shown to improve the awareness of the emotional sensations that are associated with consuming food and will therefore reduce eating mindlessly.
  15. Aids with digestion. Especially poses that includes twists applies a gentle pressure to the abdomen, which stimulates and stretches the muscles in your stomach and therefore align your organs to function better

 

This is a crazy amount of benefits I know, and that is exactly why I love yoga!

 

Now with all this in mind, go out, enjoy some yoga and have a ball with it!

 

I hope you all have a happy life, one day at a time! ❤

 

Xoxo

Luna

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of moving daily

Benefits of moving daily

 

No matter where you are or who you are, there is no excuses for not moving at all.

It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise just do something, and all of this will happen:

 

  • Boosts mood by releasing endorphins
  • Helps control weight
  • Gives energy
  • Helps improve sleep
  • Helps with improving memory
  • You burn calories (and on longer terms fat)
  • Helps you socialize since there is a chance of meeting people if you exercise outside or in a gym
  • Helps strengthen and keep muscles strong

 

Still got an excuse and don’t really want to do this because it is “too much work”? well… this kind of moving also counts:

 

  • Walking your dog
  • Biking to work-or to the store
  • Taking the stairs whenever possible
  • Getting the mail in the mailbox
  • Walk around the house while talking on the phone
  • Park farther away from work to get a daily walk
  • Dance to your favorite song

 

So get up and go!

 

I hope you all have a happy life one day at a time

 

Xoxo

Luna

Bullet journaling part 5

Bullet journaling part 5

Welcome back for another exciting part of my bullet journal journey!

 

Today we will look at some health and exercise pages in my bullet journal.

We have some health challenges, that are actually different 30 days challenges, that I’d like to try. I tried not to make them too hard, because then they are harder to keep doing (at least for me) but they will still make me feel awesome and cool afterwards.

Then we got the alfabeth workout. Which is the last two sides of my slide. They have been made, so that every letter in the alfabeth equals some type of short workout. Normally I was told that you try to go through all the alfabeth, and see how far you’d come, but I like making my things a little different.
That’s why you see some different. well. affirmations i guess, at the pages. I like to make a sentence to encourage and motivate myself, and then do the workout equal to all the letters. That way I feel even better about my hard but rewarding workout

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That’s all for this time and I hope some of you were inspired to do some of these too! Next time will be the last one of my bullet journaling parts, so I hope you enjoyed the journey so far.
And for why I haven’t shown you every month? Well every month looks like the one I made for January except they have different type of washi tape on them. And the mood tracker is also the same for every month. (if you don’t remember how that looked, you can find it here )

I hope you all have a happy life, one day at a time 🙂

Xoxo ❤

Luna

Types of exercise for when you don’t really want to exercise

Types of exercise for when you don’t really want to exercise

This post is an extension of my earlier post “benefits of regularly exercise” (you can see it here: https://betterdayweb.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/benefits-of-regularly-exercise/    )

In this post, I will tell you a little about some types of exercise you can do when you don’t really want to exercise. I do a lot of these myself and I think they help a lot to get the lazy me going 😉

  1. Yoga- this one is pretty easy to do. You don’t need any gear to get starting and you certainly don’t have to twist into weird poses (like I thought you had to), you can actually just stretch while listening to your breath and voila-yoga it is.
  2. Walking-this one also provides fresh air (yes it IS outdoors walking). I especially like walking since it is easy and you’ll often see beautiful nature and interesting people. If you have a dog-like I do- this is also a perfect opportunity for you to have some dog-to-human time.
  3. Group exercise- I sometimes exercise with some of my friends. This makes it a lot easier to get going and you often push yourself further when you got someone with you. Sometimes we take a run, walk, bicycle, play badminton or do some 7 minutes workout
  4. Dance!-I often dance…In my room… By myself… But it still works as exercise. Personally I think it’s one of the funniest ways to exercise since you can just let loose. Its also a great way to de stress
  5. Clean-Yes, cleaning the house also counts as long as you clean with all you’ve got. This means a thorough cleaning.

These are some of my favourites, and I hope you like them too!