It’s time to embrace incidental exercise. What's that? The everyday activity you do that’s beneficial to your health. An new paper in theBritish Journal of Sportsshows that even in short bursts, regular incidental exercise has a number of health benefits.
Like HIIT, high intensity interval training, it can lead to improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness which can help improve the function of the lungs, the heart and the circulatory systems. What’s more, swapping two minutes of sitting per hour for normal walking cuts your risk of death by a third if done regularly.
What’s considered incidental exercise? Here are some examples:
- Taking the stair instead of the elevator
- Walking instead of driving
- Walking uphill
- Standing instead of sitting at work
- Walking your dog
- Stretching while watching TV
- Parking your car further from the location you are going
If you think negative thoughts or tend to wonder when you’ll be “let go” at work, it’s time to recognize you are ruminating. Rumination is a kind of obsessive negative thinking. It’s like you aren’t confident at work, so you wonder when bad things will happen. That kind of self-talk can actually be destructive to your work production and work life.
That’s the view of Harvard psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert.They found we are happiest when thinking in the moment…the present. That happens about half the time. When the mind wanders, that’s when the negative comes in. You can keep the bad thoughts out and be happy at work. All you need are the three P’s.
According to Killingworth and Gilbert, they are:
- Personalization: Instead of immediately thinking I’m the reason we lost the client, try to look at what happened more objectively. On any project, issues will come up that are beyond your control. Own up to your mistakes, but don’t needlessly blame everything on yourself.
- Pervasiveness: If you realize after a meeting you accidentally called a colleague by the wrong name, try not to become consumed with anxiety. A tiny mistake is unlikely to start a chain reaction that ends in complete disaster.
- Permanence: The words “always” and “never” are usually indications your self-reflection has turned self-destructive. Say your boss isn’t happy with a one-pager you created. Instead of thinking I’ll never be a good designer, focus on the single event and your ability to do better next time: This wasn’t my best work but I can learn more skills and improve.
One thing to remember. Your thoughts are just that. Thoughts. They aren’t truth….
It’s a text and DM world these days, so having a real phone conversation is a nice change of pace. Yes, you either like talking on the phone or you don’t. But think about it; five minutes of hearing the voice of someone you’re close with is special. There’s emotion you can’t feel with a cry or laugh emoji.
The bonus is, it’s a mood lifter and a great way to actual show love. We’re not saying you have to call someone, but an every once in a while talk is good. While older Millennials are used to that, younger Millennals have never experienced the joy of a long talk on the phone. But, younger Millennials are into nostalgia, so give it a try. You haven’t felt time stretch unless you’ve been on the phone with a friend.
And no, don’t feel obligated to answer the phone all the time.
We’re all about getting maximum benefits from our skin- and hair-care routine for the absolute minimum effort required. But since we can’t just take our makeup off with a paper towel and some dish soap every few days and still have glowing, healthy skin, these tips can help lazy types and slackers do the very least and still look good.
- Invest in a silk pillowcase- The silk won’t suck moisture from your hair and skin like a cotton pillowcase will, plus the silk ones don’t scrunch up your skin as much, so you don’t get as many sleep lines.
- Turn on the humidifier- It’ll keep your sinuses from drying up and help moisturize your skin at the same time.
- Try an overnight face mask- Put it on, snooze, wake up with dewy skin. Doesn’t get much easier than that.
- Wrap your hair in a microfiber towel- They cut down on drying time and don’t cause as much frizz as a regular towel.
- Dryer sheets to the rescue- Out of dry shampoo? Try running a dryer sheet across your hair when you can’t wash it and it can help pick up static, dirt, and oil. Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures, right?
- The Five-Minute Face- Master the art of getting ready in a rush with a little tinted moisturizer, a dab of concealer, a bit of cream blush, brow gel, and mascara, then finish it off with some lip color and you’re good to go.
- Keep makeup wipes by your bed- We know it’s important to take our makeup off and wash our faces before bed, but we’re lazy, so it doesn’t always happen. Luckily, there’s a quick fix: just leave some micellar water wipes near your bed and you’re much more likely to give your skin the swipe it needs before snoozing.
St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, so get ready for rainbows, green clovers and leprechauns to take over. But there’s also a pot of gold to look forward to because lots of restaurants are offering specials and discounts this weekend in honor of the holiday. Here’s where you can find green treats and sweet deals on cocktails.
- Applebee’s- The drink of the month for March is the $2 Absolut Rainbow Punch, made with Absolut vodka, green apple, lemon and ginger syrups, and it even comes with a candy rainbow.
- Chili’s- Their margarita of the month is the Lucky Jameson, made with...what else? Jameson whiskey, Lunazul Tequila, Triple Sec and fresh sour mix, and it’s just $5.
- Dunkin’- Their Irish Creme coffee drinks have made a comeback after a few years and all throughout March they’re serving medium iced coffees for just $2 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Krispy Kreme- Those famous Original Glazed Doughnuts are going green this weekend for the holiday and when you come pick up a box of green goodies, you might win a “Golden Dozen Pass.” Today through Sunday, multiple winners at each participating location will win a free dozen glazed doughnuts a month, for a whole year!