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Responds to SCOTUS Decision

Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Executive Vice President of Seattle Indian Health Board issued the following statement after hearing the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Seattle Indian Health Board is appalled by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which will disproportionately impact Native and BIPOC communities. The right for women to make decisions over their bodies and for their wellbeing has just been taken away. 

While the Seattle Indian Health Board does not provide abortion services due to the strict regulations of federal funding, we adamantly support the right of individuals looking to access this essential service. 

There are misconceptions about abortions that have been perpetually enforced by religious radicals, but people need to understand that reproductive rights and systemic violence are inextricably linked, and this decision means we will likely see violence against Native women increase, which our community already experiences at some of the highest rates. 

We will likely see a rise in the deaths of Native mothers and babies during pregnancies, which our community also already experiences at some of the highest rates. 

When we factor in the statistics—and the federal government’s history of creating barriers for Native communities to access necessary services—it’s clear that the Supreme Court considers Native people irrelevant. 

While there is a lot of work to be done to fix the harm that has happened today, we will keep fighting for our people and the right to sovereignty over our bodies.”

Tick Test article illustrated by Nandini Kuppa-Apte via 360 Magazine

Tick Test – Reduce Lyme Infection

Between global warming and the post-pandemic push to move to the suburbs, there has been a huge uptick in the number of tick-borne illnesses. Lyme, recently dubbed the fastest growing disease in the world, is a major concern primarily in the Northeast but there are a host of other tick-borne illnesses including 15 others such as Borrelia, Powassan, and Alpha-gal Syndrome. Bottom line: reduce the chance of infection by removing ticks fast and safely. Get detailed information, illustrations, and videos about how to check yourself, your family, and your pets for ticks, and how to remove them correctly, at TickEase.com.

1.       Ticks only bite in the summer—False

Ticks are active year-round and found in all 50 states. Nymphal ticks are harder to see and are out in the spring and early summer.  Cold weather does not kill them. They are mostly dormant but have been seen in February thanks to global warming. 

2.       Ticks only live in wooded areas, not the beach—False

Ticks also hide in bushes, ground cover, and beach grass.

3.       You must live near deer to find deer ticks—False

Deer are not the only deer hosts. They feed on mice, birds, chipmunks, raccoons, squirrels, birds, and even reptiles. Ticks have been around for millions of years and have infected many food sources.

4.       Ticks jump from trees or fly—False

No, ticks do not jump or fly but they do climb trees and hide in the bark. They usually stay closer to the ground waiting for prey, such as you or your pet.

5.       You can feel a tick bite you—False

Untrue as ticks secrete a numbing agent before they bite. Fewer than 50 percent of Lyme patients recall being bitten.

6.       Ticks can smell blood—False

Ticks can detect carbon dioxide, ammonia in sweat, and heat from potential hosts. Your breath is their favorite scent. No amount of insect repellent can detect you from 50 feet or more away.

7.       Ticks must remain attached to you for 24-36 hours to transmit a disease—False

The length of time a tick stays attached depends on the tick species, tick life stage, and host response to the bite. The bottom line: You want to get rid of a tick as quickly as possible. An infected tick can transmit the deadly Powassan virus in a matter of minutes.

8.       Best way to remove a tick is with a match—False

This is potentially dangerous and painful. Agitating the tick can put you at a higher risk of exposure.  Other popular myths about removing ticks by smothering it with oil, butter, nail polish, nail polish remover, dish detergent, Vaseline, alcohol, or aftershave all pose the same risk as burning.

9.       A tick head borrowed under your skin can transmit disease after you remove the body—False

Ticks don’t have heads. They have barbed mouth parts that can remain in the skin if the entire tick is not removed. These can cause skin inflammation or local infection.

10.   Dispose of an embedded tick by flushing it down the toilet—False                                             

There are several reasons not to flush it. It is best to save the tick and so it can tested if needed, and many states have free testing services.  It’s helpful to know what type of tick bit you and what type of pathogens or parasites it is carrying.

11.   If you get Lyme from a tick, a bullseye rash will appear—False

Less than 50% of Lyme disease patients ever find a bullseye rash or any rash at all. Rashes can present in many different ways. Some are red and some are pink. Some are big and blotchy or spotted.

12.   If your blood test is negative, you have not been infected—False

There’s still no reliable blood test for tick-borne diseases. That’s why it’s so important to be vigilant about checking for ticks and removing them properly if you find one.

Nandini Kuppa-Apte soccer illustration for 360 MAGAZINE

Eleven Unique Ways to Get Fit This Summer

Once the weather starts to warm up, everyone is eager to get back outside. The extra daylight is the perfect motivator to take a walk or swim down at the beach. However, that means trails and lakes can start to get pretty crowded. If you’re looking for a relaxing place to exercise, finding a different way to move your body this season might interest you.

Do you need some new ideas for outdoor activities? Here are eleven unique ways to start your fitness journey this summer!

The Importance of Fitness 

At all ages, getting outside and exercising is essential. Throughout your life, a good fitness routine will help lessen your chances of:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Mood and sleep disorders

Your body will start to reduce muscle mass around age 30. Aches and pains might also begin to be more noticeable by 50. Before this happens, forming a solid exercise routine will be beneficial. It can mitigate the impacts of muscle loss and strengthen your bones. If you need a new way to get fit, this summer is the perfect time to find new activities to keep you moving.

Fitness can also be a very social activity. Whether you get a group of friends to join or make new ones at a class, getting together to exercise can be motivational and connecting. You could take large group, small group or one-on-one lessons. Whichever you choose, having someone else there to help you may help you feel more confident.

Exercise is excellent for your mental health as well. Researchers found that physical activity could be an additional solution to depression. For those looking to see improvements along with medication, getting outside and moving may be great advice. However, if you want to decrease your prescription, always speak with your practitioner first. They will most likely want to see how exercise affects your mental health over a while before they make any changes to your treatment regimen.

Summer Exercise Tips

There are plenty of fun ways to be active inside and outside during summer. Here are some summer exercise ideas for those beginning exercise routines and fitness experts!

  1. Surfing

Surfing is a great way to see the ocean and get fit. Whether renting your first board or catching your 500th wave, surfing engages your body and encourages balance. It’s a full-body workout, giving you plenty of benefits. It may have a learning curve for those starting out, but let yourself take the time to experience it. Taking up a new practice could also positively affect your mental and physical health.

  1. Bicycling

There are multiple ways to bike, so you can choose based on your experience level and preference. You could take different paths or find a beautiful route through town. Maybe you’re interested in training for a race or marathon. There’s also mountain biking, which can provide you with some gorgeous views while performing high-intensity exercise. Along with protective gear, cycling is phenomenal for your health.

  1. Gardening 

Gardening can be a fantastic exercise and mindfulness practice. As you’re working with the soil, take note of how everything feels and the sounds around you. Feeling at peace with nature and yourself can center you and help you relax. Additionally, shoveling, planting and harvesting your garden’s products can be a perfect workout. Pay attention to how you’re lifting and how much. Doing so will prevent strain, so you can keep getting out to your garden.

  1. Practicing Yoga

Indoors or outdoors, all you need is a blanket to sit on. You could even forego that if the ground is comfortable enough. Some may prefer to practice in their home, where they can minimize extra noise. Others could find focusing outdoors helps them manage their busy lives more peacefully. However you practice, yoga is a wonderful experience for the body and mind. This summer, give it a try if you need a new way to increase your flexibility and muscle strength.

  1. Creating a Boot Camp With Friends

Maybe you’ve seen a boot camp in your local park or gym. While trying something new is always good, you may have been slightly intimidated by its intensity. Instead of abandoning the idea entirely, create one with some friends. Being surrounded by people you know can help you feel more relaxed. If you need something less harsh, you can customize your workouts to the group. Making your own boot camp could be a great physical and bonding activity.

  1. Jumping Rope

Bring things back to your childhood days with some jump rope. You could keep your workout to a regular jump rope routine, or find a more intensive video or written plan. If you want to truly throw it back, you and some friends could pick up double dutch again. While it might seem childish to you, jumping rope is an excellent cardio exercise that can also improve balance and bone health as you practice.

  1. Cleaning the House

A two-in-one chore — exercising and tidying your house. Could your spring cleaning use a summer refresh? See it as an opportunity to get in some physical activity. Vacuuming, dusting and washing can all be awesome workouts that involve your whole body. Find ways to make these jobs more complete, such as:

  • Switching arms so both get some activity
  • Taking time to stretch between tasks
  • Lightly jogging while moving about the house

Get your body and your house in shape by combining cleaning and exercise.

  1. Kayaking

Take your family, friends, or just yourself out to the lake and rent a kayak. Along with the lovely sights, you’ll quickly see how this could be your new favorite workout. Using the oars to steer and push yourself along the water requires a lot of work from your arms. In addition, turning your upper body to get the proper position will do plenty for your core. Try out boating along the water in a kayak this summer to get in some vigorous physical activity.

  1. Finding a Trail

It could be any kind of trail. You might choose to go hiking, running or walking on a path outside. Trails can be as relaxing or intense as you want. It may be nice to bring some friends or go by yourself to experience nature. You could even take your cat or dog on a leash to provide an arm workout. Remember to stay hydrated, and check in with your body and others — especially if you’re going alone.

  1. Playing a Sport

There are plenty of team and solo sports to choose from when beginning your exercise regimen. You can find soccer, basketball, softball or tennis teams depending on your experience. Different leagues will accommodate different levels of skill. If you’re looking for solo sports, you could pick up dancing, swimming or roller skating to get your physical activity in. This all depends on your comfort level, so decide if you’d prefer to play a sport with others or by yourself. Whatever you pick, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.

  1. Going Rock Climbing

This is another fantastic indoor and outdoor activity. Going to your local rock-climbing wall is a terrific way to get started. Those helping you climb can give you tips on the best ways to get the most out of your climb. Once you’ve had a lot of practice, you could start learning how to climb out in the wilderness. This could blossom into a fulfilling group or even solo activity. If you’re looking for new ways to get outside, rock climbing might become your new passion.

How to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

Cholesterol is discussed so frequently, and sometimes flippantly, it has become somewhat of a medical buzzword. To some, it may seem like a nonconsequential item and for others it is one of bigger deals floated across their plate. The reality is that cholesterol is worth both understanding and managing well in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Like with anything involving the world of science and medicine, there is always more than what meets the eye. For example, with cholesterol, there are actually good and bad kinds of it. A fact like this makes it immediately apparent that taking the time to educate oneself on the ins and outs of the fat within human blood is wise. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, put it best, “The human body is the most complex system ever created. The more we learn about it, the more appreciation we have about what a rich system it is.”

There are more than a few ways of lower said bad cholesterol naturally. In order to gain insight on these practices, we spoke with people who have experience doing so.

Dietary Changes

Chris Vaughn is the CEO of Emjay, a brand offering the delivery of marijuana products. He suggests making some adjustments to the types of food consumed regularly. 

“The long and short of it is the food digested by the stomach winds up in the bloodstream. Seeing as an overabundance of fat, or cholesterol, in the bloodstream poses a litany of issues, it stands to reason you should be filling your stomach with foods which will benefit your bloodstream. These are things such as beans, oatmeal and fruits. You should also be sure to remove food from your diet which adds saturated or trans fats as they’re the number one source of high cholesterol. It’s easier said than done but your body will thank you in the long run.”

Exercise

Physical activity promotes healthier blood flow which high cholesterol is responsible for harming. Lifeforce is a business providing subscribers the ability to understand and improve their body like never before. Their Founder, Joel Jackson, advises being proactive about fighting off that high cholesterol.

“When we look at the science of cholesterol, there are two basic terms to understand, HDLs and LDLs, or high-density lipoproteins and low-density lipoproteins. Simply put, HDLs are healthy cholesterol while LDLs are not. One of the most direct ways of influencing the count of these two lipoproteins is exercise. The good news for everyone is that it doesn’t take much – even just a couple of hours each week will cause a noticeable rise in HDLs paired with a reduction of LDLs. When you think about everything else exercise can do for you on top of this, it would be foolish to make it part of your routine.”

Be Intentional and Patient

Greater Than specializes in hydration for pregnant women. Their Chief Marketing Officer, Bryan Alston, considers it necessary to approach any high-cholesterol with mindfulness.

“It’s incredibly important to realize that for any recognizable changes to take place in the body, time must pass. Along similar lines, no real change will take place if a person sits in complacency hoping their situation comes to pass. If you’re dealing with high cholesterol, these are the two important ideas to keep at the forefront of your mind as you work towards health – Intentionality and patience. It’s hard work to return and stabilize your cholesterol at doctor recommended levels. And, it doesn’t take place overnight. I’m certain these two realities will become frustrating at some point but I urge you to continually push through.”

Stop Smoking

Natalia Sadowski is the Director of Aesthetics of Nourishing Biologicals, a brand offering skincare products. She cautions others against the continued use of tobacco products. 

“Nobody said that getting healthier was going to be a walk in the park or even easy for that matter. The same can be said about giving up smoking. But, as most are well aware, both are beneficial to ourselves. This is especially true of smoking as it relates to high cholesterol. Nicotine in the body sends a rush to the heart, causing it to work harder while also slowing down the flow of blood throughout the rest of the body. Both of these things hinder your body’s ability to both process and eliminate good and bad cholesterol.” 

Take a Break

Running any system at one hundred percent capacity all the time will result in a decrease in productivity accompanied by a shorter life span. This is true of the body as well. Nue Life is a business providing mental health assistance paired with psychedelics. Their Co-Founder and CEO, Juan Pablo Cappello, proposes being cautious of this. 

“There are so many different causes of stress that if I sat here and named them all we may never leave. Regardless of who you are or what you do, you’ve experienced stress. Are you aware that higher levels of stress induce higher levels of cholesterol? That means it’s up to you to take a break and relieve some of that stress. If you don’t, you’ll only continue to compound both problems. High stress is one thing, high cholesterol is an entirely different beast.”

Focus on Weight Loss

Zizi specializes in an at-home kit to help lower cholesterol. Their Co-Founder, Reece Kresser, believes shedding any excess weight could be more impactful than one might imagine. 

“If we think about it logically, a person with a larger body mass will require more effort to move blood throughout their body as there’s more area that requires coverage. If that person can healthily focus on weight loss, they’ll see a significant difference in their cholesterol levels. Think of it this way, if said person is spending less energy on blood movement, they’ll have more energy to identify and dispose of any cholesterol. Overall, it’s a win across the board so go the extra mile here. Ideally, your body will be around for a long time and treating it right is how you ensure it’s ready for that.”

With only one body meant to live for 70 or so years, it is critical to get ahead of the health curve. Actress and musician Jennifer Hudson spoke to this, “Gaining control over your health and well-being is one of those times in your life that you get to be completely selfish and not feel bad about it. If you want to meet your goals, you have to make it about you. You have to make it work for you and you alone. Anything less is a setup for failure.”

Minerals And Vitamins That Help With Weight Loss, Say Experts

More than half of the world’s population is suffering from weight gain. This is due to people adopting unhealthy lifestyle habits. The reason is directly linked to people suffering from weight gain. The people who are seriously willing to lose weight and want to see real change happen should start as early as possible.

Don’t become submissive to what’s happening, and adopt healthy lifestyle habits to help your body overcome the real problem. Healthy living demands a healthy body weight, and you can get that through dietary supplements. A healthy diet will help you burn body fat and calories. You need to maintain a healthy metabolism to promote weight loss.

You need to keep a watch on your daily calorie intake and keep in mind the amount you take, as the body’s energy production should not be hindered. Foods that increase metabolism and burn fat should be your priority food. Certain vitamins and minerals can also help you with weight loss. 

Minerals And Vitamins That Help With Weight Loss

Foods are rich in vitamins and minerals that refill the lost reservoirs crucial for healthy living. Weight loss diets can be strict at times and can make you deficient in essential nutrients that can further cause problems.

You can add vitamin and mineral supplements to fill the deficiency gap. Supplements for weight loss are other add-ons critical to your diet to help you lose weight. Blanca Garcia, RDN doesn’t recommend you completely rely on such supplements, achieving visible weight loss results also takes a combination of a healthy diet and exercise.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B can be your door to healthy weight loss. It is essentially linked to metabolism that promotes weight loss. To have a good metabolism, you need to maintain lean body mass. This vitamin helps the body create energy by metabolizing carbs, fats, and proteins, which further helps in energy expenditure.

You can get a sufficient quantity of vitamin B from a balanced diet. The food sources rich in this vitamin are lean meat, whole grains, fortified milk, and potatoes. Obese adults should never forget to make it an essential part of their effective diet plan.  

Iron

Iron is one of the essential minerals required by the human body. It is involved in transporting oxygen into the body via red blood cells; this process helps in fat oxidation. Some weight-loss diets can be iron deficient, but it’s a vital part of the diet. It helps in utilizing the stored energy and prevents fat accumulation.

Iron deficiency can lead to weakness, anemia, and fatigue. Your diet should have Iron insufficient amount of iron to meet the body’s needs. It not only protects the body from diseases but also helps improve metabolic parameters. 

Vitamin D

You don’t need to buy all the vitamin D; it’s entirely free and available in abundance. The reason people today are highly deficient in vitamin D is due to a lack of outdoor activities. You should at least spend some time in the sun to enjoy its beauty and also grab some vital vitamin D from it. 

Serum vitamin D can be challenging to get for people living in areas where seeing the sun is a big deal. In both cases, you can use Vitamin D supplements so that your body always maintains an adequate amount of it. Low vitamin D levels are typical among people suffering from weight gain. A healthy diet includes sources of vitamin D such as tuna, Salomons, and egg yolks. 

Vitamin C

Most vitamin C food sources are linked with losing weight. It is one of the specific vitamins that genuinely helps in weight loss. This potent vitamin gives a boost to metabolism and energy levels as well. Lemon is rich in vitamin C.

You can add lemon to your green tea extract, another weapon to lose weight faster. It includes broccoli, capsicums, oranges, and lemon. It is one of the best vitamins for weight loss for females. 

Green Tea

Herbal solutions may include green tea supplements, which can aid in cutting off metabolic syndrome. It is rich in polyphenols that are responsible for reducing inflammation. It is source rich in epigallocatechin-3-gallate(EGCG). Catechins are antioxidants present in green tea and can help fight cancer.

This can be your potential medicine that can work better than the following supplements. Green tea extracts are rich in vitamins that give you energy. 

Are Weight Loss Pills Worth Your Money?

Yes, weight loss pills are safe and worth the money. Diet and exercise are a good start for weight loss, but diets can restrict some essential nutrients and make you deficient. You need to have a balanced diet that fulfills all the body’s needs. You should give weight loss pills a try if you feel that your body suffers from deficiency.

The road to weight loss is not easy, but it can be achieved with proper planning. If you have plans to use these pills, go for the ones high in natural ingredients. Consult your doctor if you are suffering from problems related to high blood pressure and cardiovascular issues, according to Healthcanal.com.

Conclusion

Obesity is the most common cause of the health issues triggering type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancers, and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Still, you can combat such problems by making your diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Choose a healthy lifestyle, stick to it, and make it your everyday habit. A healthy lifestyle will help you combat many diseases that can come your way in the future.

Eight Ways AI Is Empowering Workplaces

The future is coming and the current world is changing to keep up with it. Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to highly developed systems that can be programmed to do something – which is perfect for the working world. AI can be used for recreational activities, but it can also help out tremendously in the workplace.

As AI becomes more attainable for more businesses, the workforce is bound to see some growth and feel empowered thanks to the capabilities of these machines and programs.

1. Solutions for Monotony

Many jobs involving physical labor could be considered monotonous or mundane. They don’t challenge people’s brains, and many workers may risk hurting themselves to do their jobs correctly.

To protect human lives from becoming endangered, AI can be programmed to take care of much of the simple physical labor that workers currently do. AI can streamline labor-intensive jobs like packing boxes and loading trucks.

While this occurrence might sound like it leaves people out of jobs, it does quite the opposite – it lifts those employees up. They are now free to complete higher-priority tasks, and they may even find a job supervising the robots that do all the heavy lifting for them.

2. Create More Jobs

With AI to do easy jobs, the need for middle management is shrinking. Even though it sounds bleak, the presence of AI actually creates more jobs. Entry-level skilled workers can retain more autonomy over their actions and job descriptions.

Because AI can make predictions and decisions based on small things, entry-level workers can be given more thought-provoking tasks. These jobs will allow them to perform tasks that mean something to them rather than do something that doesn’t require much attention or effort. It might also mean higher base pay for those in entry-level positions.

3. Streamlined Scheduling

AI can help with scheduling purposes in the workplace. Without having to worry about fitting things into their schedules, employees can go about their day and simply follow what tasks have been given to them.

Employees can save up to five hours of busywork just by handing their scheduling off to artificial intelligence. With this form of streamlined scheduling, employees can feel at ease and always know what to do next. All they need to do is check their schedule – and if there’s an issue with anything the AI has created, they can always adjust it manually.

4. Hiring Process

AI can also speed up the hiring process. What may have taken a long time in the past can be swift, thanks to the advancements of AI. For example, AI can sift through resumes and look for keywords or certain qualifications.

AI makes it so much easier to sort through resumes, and they can even send a quick rejection email to the applicants you decide not to move forward with. This streamlined hiring process can allow HR and other valued members of the workplace to focus on their other tasks rather than sorting through dozens of applicants when they only want to view the best.

5. Monitor Quality

AI can monitor the quality of conversations in your workplace on all levels. It can be tremendously helpful, thanks to automatic call recording and transcriptions. Your employees can learn more about what they’re doing right and what they need to change.

You can use these automated notes to help train both existing and future employees on new features and new tasks that they might need to get used to.

You can also use it to monitor the quality of a job your employees are doing. If one employee isn’t doing well, you might want to spend more time training them in a certain job area. Alternatively, you can switch one employee to a different progression path if they seem to be doing better elsewhere than their assigned tasks. All in all, it helps people grow in their careers.

6. Improved Training

AI can be trusted to train new recruits without leaving out any information or showing any biases. It’s an excellent replacement for human beings, who may make mistakes while teaching people.

With AI, you can choose to have each individual train at their own pace. Advanced AI may be able to detect where many trainees are falling short. From there, an AI program can better supplement new workers with additional material that can help them grasp certain concepts.

AI can also help in other areas than just the onboarding process. It can send someone information about a client before meeting with that client. For those working in sales or other fields where they need to speak up a lot, having an AI send them detailed info about the people they’re going to speak to can be a lifesaver. Eventually, employees will work past these difficulties and shine like they’re meant to.

7. Self-Service Channels

People are independent. They want to solve problems themselves if they can.

With that in mind, AI can be used as chatbots to help customers navigate through your website. While customer service is important, so is allowing your potential customers to make their own decisions. An estimated 90% of people value customer service from a brand.

Chatbots can give automatic responses that can either answer a person’s question or lead them to ask more intense questions. Then, your customer service support can jump in and talk to them. It’s great for your customer representatives, too – they can prioritize the people who have questions that aren’t easily answered on your website.

8. Work Processes Will Change

When AI is implemented at a grand scale, work processes are bound to change. It will be challenging to adjust to a new type of workflow at first, but in the long run, it could mean less work for people on every rung of the ladder.

Investing in AI allows you to fill in any gaps left behind when people are doing work for high-quality jobs. Employers should know exactly how things might change soon, and they can prepare their teams accordingly.

Ten minute activities that will make you feel happier

As children, many seemed to believe happiness would sort of fall into our lives as we grew older simply due to the nature of life. Now, having had a dose of reality and adulthood, it is very apparent that this is not the case. In fact, it seems far more likely that any happiness we do experience is a creation of our own – relationships, experiences, thought processes, and more all fall into this category. Seeing as happiness is an emotion that we seem to be in constant pursuit of, it would make sense to be intentional about creating the desired happiness. The words of author Roy T. Bennett, are a wonderful jumping off point for doing so, “If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”

There are numerous avenues to explore when it comes to attempting to feel happier. Sometimes, it’s as simple as setting aside 10 minutes of your day. Below are a few suggestions for activities to explore. 

Go for a walk

Rachel Blank is the founder and CEO of Allara, a brand offering care for polycystic ovary syndrome. She believes a little physical activity can go a long way.

“Our daily lives leave us immobile in a lot of ways. Think about it, many of us sleep, and then sit down at a desk, before moving to the couch to finish out the day. The reality is that our bodies are meant for moving and they do vastly better when this happens regularly. I’m not just talking about being in shape either. Moving more frequently in any regard will provide a boost to your happiness. It doesn’t have to be much either as you could just go for a quick walk. If exercise becomes part of your daily routine even just a little bit, you’ll see a noticeable difference.”

Read a fiction book

Hush specializes in products geared towards aiding the tattoo experience. Their CEO, Ubaldo Perez, suggests taking the time to get lost in a story. 

“There are points in life where everyone needs to take a break. Of course, taking 15 minutes or your lunch break might come to mind, but I think there’s something a little bit better for our mental wellbeing – reading a fiction book. No matter what you do for a living, I’m sure there have been points where you just want to get away from whatever is stressing you out. Stepping into a story about worlds or lives which are dramatically different from the one we’re living is a great method for achieving some basic happiness and escape. Stepping away from the things in front of us is not always the easiest so the help of a good story is sometimes a necessity.”

Phone a friend

Human interaction can bring about a flurry of emotions. Azuna is a business providing plant-based odor elimination. Their director of marketing, Philip Mantalvo, considers it important to connect with people who care about you.

“If you look at every era of history one thing remains the same – humans need other humans. None of us are geared for a life of total isolation. The pandemic made this the case for many and as we come out of it now, it’s important to remember how vital it is. From experience and reading studies, I’ve come to understand that even the simple act of phoning a friend for a few minutes can bring about positive emotions. The reciprocal care and enjoyment can’t be quantified but trust me, you’ll know those feelings when they’re present.”

Spend time with a pet

Melissa Thodes is the CEO of Physics 1on1, a brand offering online psychic readings. She advises others to take a few minutes for their animal companion. 

“Pets can be one of the biggest blessings, should we choose to see them as that. I know that as pets grow and mature, they become part of everyday life. As they should. But this also means the excitement and joy a new pet owner experiences has worn off. Again, this is natural. But sometimes a jumpstart to your existing perspective can bring about change. Go get a new toy or go for a new route on your walk. Whatever it takes to make your relationship with your pet a little fresher is absolutely worth it.”

Revisit a favorite viral video

Spot Pet Insurance specializes in health insurance for pets. Their CEO, Trey Ferro, believes rewatching a video which brought you a hearty belly laugh can be beneficial. 

“Everyone has a different sense of humor but the true point here is that everyone is capable of laughing, provided they’re given a reason to do so. Whenever the conversation topic of viral videos comes up, every person participating has a video they just have to show everyone because of how hilarious it is. Oftentimes, it is truly hilarious. When you’re feeling down in the dumps, try to remember one of your favorite viral videos and revisit it. It might seem too easy but even just the smallest assistance should be welcome when it comes to personal happiness.”

Focus on breathing

All the things on one’s daily to-do list can begin to tally up to the point where they might feel as if they are being crushed. BISOULOVELY is a business providing a wide variety of jewelry. Their CEO, Breanne Millette, proposes paying attention to the act of breathing to combat this.

“It’s a very different way of looking at things but we reside within our physical bodies. Because of this, we have a tendency to exclude our bodies from consideration far more often than we should. Obviously, this can be a pretty harmful action if taken at the wrong moment. Think about moments of high stress or anxiety – my guess would be you’ll remember a feeling close to light suffocation. The reality is, this wasn’t a figment of your imagination. Under pressure, fight or flight mode can cause tension resulting in lack of oxygen to your body. It’s easier said than done but remembering to take deep breaths can really make a difference in your happiness levels.”

Eat or drink something

Jeff Goodwin is the senior director of performance marketing and e-commerce of Orgain, a brand offering organic protein. He cautions others to be aware of their food intake. 

“Food is very much a habitual thing for many people. Meal times are planned out, meal planning exists and, at least from what I’ve seen, food has come to a point where it’s more about quick, efficient delivery to our bodies rather than the quality of the food being consumed. Like it or not, what we eat has a direct correlation to our moods. Fast food holds some character traits of a depressant while items such as fruit, vegetables, and high protein-low fat meats act much more like a stimulant. What I’m saying here is that if you choose to eat healthy, your overall feelings of happiness should take a sizable leap.”

Listen to a favorite song

Mad Rabbit specializes in tattoo aftercare products. Their CEO Oliver Zak considers music to be one of more influential items to a person’s happiness.

“Take a second and think about some of your best days. If you’re anything like me, when things are going well in life, I find that I’m more willing to hum or sing a song I enjoy because of where my mood is at. But the inverse is also true. Music holds this power which can swing our moods at a moment’s notice due to a specific lyric or sound present in whatever we’re listening to. It works both ways so if you’re filling your ears with songs of sadness and loss you’re not going to get very far. Pick the music that raises the corners of your mouth and puts that light behind your eyes.”

If everything above could be summed up into one phrase, it may have been put into existence by author Alice Walker, “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”

NEW OBESITY STUDY

From the creators of these global stories, The Breast Forces Study, The Backpack Study and Text Neck Study.

A New Study publishing in Surgical Technology International correlates belly fat per waist circumference and defines spine forces, by the pound.

In the America, more than two-thirds of adults (220 million-plus) are overweight or obese, and childhood obesity affects 13.7 million children. As of 2016, 1.9 billion adults were overweight or obese globally. People now know that obesity is bad for their health.

Obesity, or the fat content of the belly, is associated with inflammation, diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions, metabolic syndrome, and back pain. Adipose tissue is linked to an increased risk of and aggressiveness of cancer.

Our study sought to assess the forces that belly fat exerts on the spine with an increase in waist circumference. Using data from the Dallas Heart Study, Grundy et al. calculated belly fat mass according to waist circumference by ethnicity and sex. Using a finite element analysis, our study specifically placed the abdominal fat masses into position in the abdomen. Then, we calculated the levered forces seen by the spine.

For women, the magnitude of forces generated by abdominal fat to the lumbar spine ranged between 5 to 170 pounds of force in our measurements. By the standard set by the American Heart Association, abdominal obesity in women starts at a thirty-five-inch waist circumference.

For men, the magnitude of forces generated by abdominal fat to the lumbar spine ranged between 3 to 120 pounds of force in our measurements. According to the American Heart Association, abdominal obesity in men begins at a waist circumference of forty inches.

You have to imagine what it feels like to lift this much weight to put these numbers in perspective. The magnitude of these forces is significant. If you are a man with a thirty-eight-inch waist, the excess fat in your abdominal area is equivalent to having nearly thirty pounds of pressure on your spine. For women, a thirty-six-inch waist is close to having forty-eight pounds of pressure on her spine. Imagine walking around all day carrying dumbbells that weighed nearly fifty pounds. That would be equivalent to carrying a large bag of dry dog food, six gallons of water, two cinder blocks, or, as the chart shows, a twin mattress. Not only would it be exhausting but carrying those weights would also cause significant wear and tear on your back.

Your spine is designed to carry your body’s weight. When you are overweight, your spine must assimilate the burden, which may lead to damage. The lower back is most vulnerable to the effects of obesity. In addition, abdominal fat interferes with good posture. Excess weight around the middle can alter the natural curve of the spine. The weight presses on the shock-absorbing discs between vertebrae, which can cause them to become dehydrated, herniated or pinched, or create pressure on nerves that travel through the central canal. In addition, carrying extra weight can strain the muscles and ligaments that support you’re back, and you know what that means, pain.

A literature review shows that fat cells comport an essential variety of metabolic influences. Our waist circumference is related to our metabolic health risks. Abdominal fat is a critical player in health problems. The fat around the abdominal organs, called visceral fat, is more disease-causing than the fat under the skin, called subcutaneous fat, that a person can pinch by hand. This visceral fat is linked to metabolic disturbances, increased cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. The visceral fat leads to an apple-shaped abdomen, while the subcutaneous fat leads to a pear-shaped body.

Fat itself is considered an endocrine organ that is biologically active. Abdominal fat cells disrupt the balance of the body’s normal hormones. Fat cells play a role in inflammation, secrete tumor necrosis factors and interleukin-6, increasing heart disease risk. Furthermore, fat cells blunt the body’s sensitivity to insulin and propagate high blood pressure. Data suggests that adipose tissue has been linked to increased risk and aggressiveness of carcinoma.

Regular physical exercise can help one to lose belly fat. A moderate-intensity physical activity for 30 minutes per day shifts body weight and diminishes belly fat. Proper nutrition and food choices also help.

This paper helps people plan the stress forces seen by the spine as related to the abdominal size. Obesity is then a better-defined factor in the calculus of back pain. The link to abdominal circumference is predictable and relatable to the general public.

Five Habits To Adopt For a Healthy Lifestyle

We all wish for good health and long life, but they come at a price. Many deteriorations of health are being recorded due to bad habits. Therefore, knowing your well-being is a priority to us, we have identified 5 basic habits you can adopt to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

  1. Exercise and weigh yourself daily

Truthfully, it’s a busy world and we can’t help but lose sight of little things like performing a 10 to 30 minutes exercise daily. However, as “playful” as it may look, daily exercise is one of the simple health habits worth adopting into your life as its benefits can’t be overemphasized. Majorly, exercising your body makes you detoxify yourself by sweating, helps you get fit, gives your body a good balance, corrects bad postures, and achieves weight loss. The great thing is that you can achieve all this without buying those large and costly regular gym equipment. You can go out for a run or use your body weight. 

Likewise, it is important to keep your weight from creeping up on you. For this, you can always set a weekly weight loss goal and examine yourself against it. It has been advised that in order to get accurate outcomes, you should weigh yourself at the same time every week. 

  1. Eat healthily and take enough water

Nothing kills more steadily like junk foods, hence, the habit of taking the appropriate diet daily is the beginning of a healthy lifestyle. It has been recommended that you should start your day with a healthy breakfast by taking something high in fiber and including protein to keep you full. It is believed that if you eat a good breakfast, it is a small healthy habit with a big impact. This is because it helps to eliminate ulcers, avoid headaches, and reduce your risk of diabetes. 

Furthermore, you can improve your healthy eating habit by introducing more creative food item combinations. You can incorporate more green and reddish lettuces to add more nutrients, flavor, and water to your diet. Not only that, we can’t overlook the importance of water to your health, therefore, drinking a lot of water early in the morning and throughout the day is mandatory. Taking enough water helps keep your temperature normal, lubricates your joints, and safeguards your spinal cord. 

  1. Reduce alcohol, Soda and resist smoking

For those who don’t know, moderation in everything is one of the basic principles to ensure a healthy lifestyle. There are about six reasons to take a break from alcohol, therefore, a reduction in the consumption of alcohol and soda can go a long way to keep you healthy. As it has been discovered, frequent intake of alcohol increases your desire for high-calorie foods and puts you at risk for weight gain. Although a reduction in the intake of alcohol and soda can’t be achieved easily, it requires some discipline and gradual adaptation. You can achieve this by taking carbonated water, unflavoured tea, coffee, or fruit-fused plain water in lieu of alcohol and soda. 

  1. Have fun and stay happy

It is generally believed that happy people have more healthy lives and live much longer. Any time you are elated and you laugh or smile, you basically relieve your body of the stress and bothersome thoughts. This consequently saves you from the ravaging high blood pressure and incidental ailments like stroke. Therefore, you can partake in games or sports you love in order to get some fun and excitement. For example, for sports and gambling enthusiasts, you can always make moderate stakes and enjoy the excitement at online betting sites. Watching your favorite sport is an ideal way to unwind. With the help of review sites, you can be certain that you are in good hands and can easily search for the finest welcome bonuses, comprehensive reviews, and how-to instructions written by professionals to help gamers play with ease.

  1. Get enough sleep daily

Being a workaholic and skipping your sleep is like working against yourself. Yes, you can skip your sleep to gather all the money but your health might deteriorate in return. Consequently, as it has been severally advised, you should at least get a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily to stay healthy. Getting enough sleep restores and rejuvenates your body after each day’s activities. 

New Health Trend: Aqua Cycling

New health trends are quickly emerging as people seek ways of keeping fit. One effective health trend is aqua cycling. Aqua cycling continues to gain popularity for being the perfect exercise that offers maximum health benefits with very minimal pain. 

What is Aqua Cycling?

Aqua cycling is a form of aerobic exercise that uses a specialized stationary aqua bike, known as a Hydrorider, in a pool. The equipment is submerged in 1.2 meters -1.6 meters of water and it features 4 paddle flywheels to ensure resistance increases as the cycling speed increases.  Water Cycling combines a low-impact but intense cycling workout with arm, chest, and core exercises for full-body fitness which is easier on your joints than other forms of cardio like running. 

Health Benefits Of Aqua Cycling

Improves Cardiovascular Health

The aqua cycling workout is the perfect way to maintain heart health and a healthy cardiovascular system. Water cycling enables you to have a higher intensity workout but maintain a lower heart rate since your heartbeat frequency is 10% lower while working out in water than when on land.

 Working out in the water has many benefits for heart health and help those suffering from a heart condition manage it and live a healthy life. The benefits of water fitness include: Making the heart stronger, decreasing the resting heart rate, making blood vessels more supple & reducing blood pressure Increasing stroke volume.

Improved flexibility

While you’re riding on a stationary bike in the water, your body will be working to support itself as it moves. This will help improve your flexibility and range of motion in your hips and knees, which can be especially beneficial for people who spend a lot of time sitting or standing up straight all day. 

In addition, it’s also great for loosening up your back and shoulders—especially if you’ve been experiencing pain or tightness there.

Many people find that aqua cycling helps them improve their posture. Aqua cycling has low impact on joints and does not lead to micro-damage to muscle fibres and connective tissues. This reduced impact on your joints, muscles, and bones can help improve your posture since there is no micro-damages or injury that could negatively affect your body positioning.

Weight loss

Aqua cycling is a low-impact exercise that burns calories and tones your body. The water creates resistance, which helps you burn more calories than other forms of exercise, while also providing a comfortable environment to perform.

Aqua cycling is an excellent way to achieve weight loss goals. The high resistance of the water makes aqua cycling a quick and effective calorie burner. This burns up to 800kcal per hour since your body works harder and has a higher metabolic rate, leading to reduced body fat. 

The high resistance and evenly distributed load ensure that body muscles are evenly exercised, giving the body an even look. This is unlike normal exercise where some muscles are exercised more, giving the body an uneven appearance with some muscles being bigger than others. 

Low-impact workout

Aqua cycling is a low-impact workout that allows you to get the most out of your cardio time. Because it’s done in water, there’s low impact on joints, muscles, and tendons which makes this an ideal exercise for people with joint pain or injuries.

The buoyancy of the water also helps to distribute the weight of your body evenly so there’s less pressure on your joints. This means no next-day soreness and you can continue to work out more frequently.

Low risk of injury

Aqua cycling is a low-impact workout that can be done by people of all ages and fitness levels. While the motion of pedaling in water may take some getting used to, the risk of injury is minimal compared with other exercise options.

 It’s also great for those who are injured or disabled and want to stay active, as well as those who are new to exercise but aren’t ready for high-impact workouts yet. 

Improve Coordination And Body Strength

Aqua cycling improves coordination and body strength in the following ways;

  • Balance and coordination: The water provides a natural resistance that helps build your balance and coordination.
  • Strength: Cycling under water causes hydrostatic pressure that increases blood flow to the muscles. This energises your muscles so they don’t fatigue quickly, enabling you to work out longer and build stronger muscles.
  • Core muscles: Vigorous cycling is an effective way to improve core strength by working the abdominal muscles, back, and pelvic floor muscles.
  • Flexibility: Since you are exercising in water, it allows for a greater range of motion than that achieved on dry land.

Aqua cycling is a great way to improve physical health, and it’s easy on the joints and muscles

Aqua cycling is a great way to improve physical health, and it’s easy on the joints and muscles.

Studies show that aqua cycling improves cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, and body composition. As a bonus: it can be adapted for people with limited mobility or certain medical conditions.

Aqua Cycling classes are also a fun way to stay in shape while meeting new people in your community! It’s perfect for beginners who want to try something new without having to worry about injuries from intense workouts. This low-impact exercise will help you get started on your journey toward becoming more physically active and as you cycle resistance increases so you can continue to grow and challenge yourself. Aqua cycling is good for beginners all the way to elite athletes.

Start your aqua cycling journey today and enjoy its immense benefits.