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Your Body Deserves More Care Than It Gets

Health is like money; we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.  -Josh Billings
Amid our exciting fast paced lives where we dash for almost everything with an urge to get things done perfectly and within time, what we often don’t take into consideration is caring for the most important means by which to achieve these things: our bodies. With all the exertion that is rendered upon our body, it certainly deserves a bit more care and relaxation than it usually gets.

To suggest ways for the same, we at Therapy on Demand bring you some useful ways by which your body can get some pleasing respite from the constant battering that it must go through in this non-compromising world.

Regular Workouts

Regular workout is one of the most effective and feasible ways of not only keeping your health in check, but also feeling full of life throughout the day. For all those who think that physical exercise would further exert their overworked bodies and prefer tranquilizers to realize the desired results have something enlightening for themselves to experience here. Evidence suggests that none of the currently used tranquilizer, pain killer, and narcotic drugs can be used without risking side effects and/or addiction. Many people have contended that physical exercise relieves anxiety, but until recently no experimental evidence has supported this subjective conclusion. Dr. deVries examined this hypothesis by reviewing available data and surveys of expert opinion and controlled psychological and physiological experiments. He believes that appropriate types, intensities, and duration of exercise can produce a significant tranquilizer effect. Rhythmic exercise such as walking, jogging, cycling, and bench stepping for 5 to 30 minutes at 30% to 60% of maximum intensity was most effective.

A Penn State University study found that people who exercised, whether it was a mild, moderate or vigorous workout, had more pleasant feelings than those who didn’t. These same people were also happier on days when they were more physically active than usual, meaning that upping the ante on workouts can provide even more of a happiness boost. The takeaway? Working out can make you happy long term; adding extra intensity can make you feel even better.

Another experiment used a smartphone app to have participants track their activity, location and happiness levels throughout the day. It received more than 3 million responses a year — and users were at their second-happiest post-workout.

Regular workout apart from keeping your body in good shape also looks after your muscles and helps to improve blood circulation. The key components of a good workup are: warm up, cardio, strength, and cool down/stretching. A free, simple, full-body workout will be part of the free resources at Therapy on Demand.

Here are some examples of simple stretches (that should be gently held at least 30 seconds each) breathing):

Yoga and Meditation

Most people associate yoga with just physical exercise but in its original form it focuses more on the internal aspect of human beings.  Meditation is highly recommended especially while starting and ending your day. Even a short meditation session of 15-20 minutes in the morning and before going to sleep at night can do wonders.

Along with Meditation, physical yoga exercises are also an excellent way of reducing stress. A study of yoga-class beginners found that workouts left them less nervous and more energetic. Another study found that yogis go through life with lower stress hormone levels.

Yoga and meditation when practiced together strengthen the connection between the mind and the body. Many styles of yoga combine meditation with the physical routines, which use controlled breathing throughout the yoga poses. You can meditate without practicing yoga by simply relaxing, clearing your mind and concentrating on controlled breathing. Both yoga and meditation, when used consistently, have proven health benefits.

Some of the styles of yoga offered via private, virtual sessions from Therapy on Demand include:

Hatha Vinyasa flow which will help improve balance, strength, endurance, connecting movement to breath.

Detox Yoga is a hatha style class that includes poses to help put pressure on specific organs and will aid in metabolism function.

Yoga for Beginners - this utilizes props such as pillows, chairs, straps, blocks, etc and gently eases new clients into the world of poses

Chakra Yoga - this is a sequence of poses utilized to help balance the 7 main chakras, can be done as restorative, hatha or vinyasa flow.

O.M.M.M. -  this is a specially crafted yoga experience that incorporates various different components of yoga and focuses on Opening the chakras and the joints, Mantras which is the repetition of a word or sound to aid in concentration, Mudras which are hand gestures used to help shift energetic flow and are used in collaboration with Pranayama breathing techniques and a Manifestation Meditation to close the practice and leave students in a calm state and feeling balanced and connected.

Balancing Your Diet

Having a proper diet rich in all nutrients is an absolute prerequisite for a healthy body. Vitamins and minerals in the diet are vital to boost immunity and healthy development; a healthy diet can protect the human body against certain types of diseases, in particular non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer and skeletal conditions.

There is an old saying, “What you eat is how you become” which rings utterly relevant. All the junk food that keeps going in your body is a torture for the organs. By virtue of having high water content and being the easiest to digest, fresh fruits and vegetables are unparalleled when it comes to food. They take stress off your digestive system especially if you eat them in their raw, natural, organic state.

With Wellness Coaches like nutritionists available to meet with you at your convenience, you can begin to craft your optimal diet with the help of Therapy on Demand.

Drink Moderately, if at All, and Smoking is a Complete NO NO!

When it comes to alcohol, the key is moderation. Certainly, you don't have to drink any alcohol, and if you currently don't drink, don't start drinking for the possible health benefits. In some cases, it's safest to avoid alcohol entirely — the possible benefits don't outweigh the risks.

When it comes to smoking, or “combustion”, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention links smoking with one in five deaths each year in the United States. Smoking is responsible for most lung cancer deaths and greatly increases your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. If you do smoke, smoking cessation can reap immediate and long-term benefits.

Sound Sleep

Sleep is one of the most under-rated ingredients when it comes to having a “dis-ease” free body. "Sleep used to be kind of ignored, like parking our car in a garage and picking it up in the morning," says David Rapoport, MD, director of the NYU Sleep Disorders Program. Lack of sleep not only badly affects the normal functioning of the body but also hampers the inherent abilities of the body to cope up with various situations. 6 hours of sound sleep is the desiderata for a smooth and uninhibited day.

Sound sleep also serves to:

  • Consolidate memory, "if you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice," says Dr. Rapoport, who is an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. "But something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better." In other words if you’re trying to learn something new—whether it’s Spanish or a new tennis swing—you’ll perform better after sleeping.
  • And increase life span, “In a 2010 study of women ages 50 to 79, more deaths occurred in women who got less than five hours or more than six and a half hours of sleep per night”.

Self-Control with Compassion

All that is said above is completely useless if we do not have the self-restraint to practice it. We meet a lot of people on a regular basis who seem very worried and conscious about their health, but for a lot of them all their concern is limited to whimsicality. We must have sustained passion and drive within us to control our repeated desires for junk food, alcohol etc and remain self motivated to lead a healthy life. It is the healthy habits we establish that truly are the basis of our overall wellness.

Along with having discipline toward goals, one must adapt an attitude of gratitude – even in our darkest moments. We are social beings, and all need the support of other humans from time to time. Make the choice to start becoming a better YOU today. Book now with Therapy on Demand for instant email confirmation of appointments via secure video conferencing on Google Meet (in-app or on the via Google’s Chrome browser).

Above all, in the middle of all the stress that you face throughout the day, make a conscious effort to be notice the rhythm of your breathing. By simply tuning into breathing for a sustained period of time, a relaxing or “grounding” effect can be achieved (despite external circumstances).

Please take good care of your body; after all it’s the only place you have to live in!

Ready to Learn More? 😊

We understand and appreciate that people are becoming more health conscious nowadays. More often than not, people want to keep tabs on the status of their health and get first-hand information about new and innovative techniques which can help them stay on track, and look after their body in a better manner.

With that in mind, Therapy on Demand regularly provides free screenings and health resources so that people can get rid of their health-related confusions and tread happily on the path of a healthy and happy life. Periodic screening tests can help protect against numerous diseases. Some of these assessments aid the detection of diseases early when they are most treatable; while others prevent them from developing in the first place. For instance, for colorectal cancer alone, regular screening could save over 30,000 lives each year. That’s three times the number of people killed by drunk drivers in the United States in all of 2011. That’s why we encourage our clients to continue regular visits with a reliable primary care doctor, and we work with outside health providers to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved.

You can interact with our healthcare professionals about which assessments and/or outside screenings might be most applicable to you. To reach our team of screened and certified health professionals (from Psychology, Nutrition, Personal Training, Yoga, Meditation, etc) click here. For your convenience, you can also schedule a session with a customer service team member to ask questions about our services before trying our easy to use service.

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