How Slowing Down Can Improve Your Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
Why does it seem like we’re always in such a rush? From the time we’re old enough to be involved, it seems as though we’re constantly rushing from one thing to another. Maybe it’s just a part of our culture. Maybe it’s a lifestyle that we’ve all adopted. Whatever the reason, it’s time to stop. While rushing is sometimes necessary, research has shown that slowing down is far better for your health. If you’re looking for the easiest and most effective way to improve your health, take a look at these ways to slow down and how it can affect your life for the better.
In Your Exercise Routine
Far too often, we think that the only way to improve our workouts is to speed up. Running? Go faster. Biking? Pedal your legs faster. Kickboxing? Strike harder and faster. While there is certainly a time and place to go faster, this isn’t the only way to improve your workout routine. In fact, sometimes the best way to get a tougher workout is by slowing down. Focus on form. Make sure that every move is done with perfect form and with intense focus. While you may feel like it’s too easy in the beginning, you’ll be burning and sweating by the end of the routine.
Eating too quickly can cause you to eat more. It takes time for your stomach to feel full, and if you eat too quickly, you’ll fill it faster than necessary. By the time your brain gets the signal to stop, you’re stuffed! Try to eat mindfully. Pay attention to what goes into your mouth, and especially to how much. Eating slowly, chewing your food, and taking your time while eating can lead to fewer calories eaten overall and potential weight loss in the future.
Seriously, slow down! It seems as though most people spend all of their time in a huge rush. We rush to work. We rush home. We rush to activity after activity. Why? Research has proven that those who slow down a bit and take their time in everyday life are healthier and live longer. This can be a challenge, especially for those who are used to being busy all day. But if you can make this switch and spend less time in a hurry, you’ll likely find your health and quality of life improve in a big way.
It might seem like the opposite of American culture, but slowing down can make a huge positive impact in your life. Give it a try. Be patient, as it can take some time to get used to, and therefore to see the benefits. A slower pace may help you feel healthier and happier in everyday life and for years to come.
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