It’s hard to imagine how little information was obtained and exchanged before the arrival of the blog. Some would say that blogs have helped create an overload of information, but when it comes to your health you can never have too much good information.
Your health is directly linked to your productivity, so The ONE Thing team is always on the lookout for exceptional blog posts on how we can live healthier, happier lives. The following blog posts are the must-reads that we’ve bookmarked. They are posts that are universally beneficial for anyone regardless of their current health and future goals, and may change your mindset on health matters or provide you with information that will dramatically impact your quality of life. Let’s get ready to fill your RSS feed!
Source: Psychology Today
Stress is a capital health offender that has been the focus of countless articles and research in recent years. There’s just one problem — stress is a part of life. It can actually be beneficial at times. It all depends on how you react to stress and handle the situation.
That’s why Psychology Today’s post on how to better handle stress is so impactful. The post is formatted using 10 stressful scenarios and ways to proactively reduce the negative side effects of each one.
Sunblock and Skin Cancer
Blog Post: The Facts About Sunscreen
Source: Boston Magazine Blog
An estimated 3.5 million people will be diagnosed with squamous and basal cell skin cancer in 2015, and nearly 74,000 more people will be diagnosed with much more deadly types of melanoma. Although it takes the lives of thousands each year, skin cancer is a preventable disease.
With the help of Dr. Joseph Mercola, the Boston Magazine Blog has created a fantastic breakdown of everything you need to know about sunscreen.
Physical Activity and Strength
Source: The Poliquin Group
We all know that in order to stay in peak condition we have to engage in physical activity. It’s not about having the perfect body. It’s about improving your health in every way imaginable. New research has shown that strength training can beef up the grey matter in our brains. It can help us sleep well and it can make us feel better about ourselves.
Recently we had the opportunity of holding a health webinar with Charles Poliquin, better known as the Strength Sensi. During our research we dug into his blog and discovered a very interesting post. It caught our eye because instead of once again telling people that they needed to work out, Charles’ post identified 10 things not to do to increase the benefit you get from exercising. Let’s face it – time is a precious resource. Not having enough time is one of the biggest reasons people say they don’t work out. What’s worse is when you take the time to go to the gym but then don’t really reap the rewards. Making every minute count is crucial for your health. Even if you hit the gym just a few times a week, with this advice you won’t be wasting your time.
Meditating Your Way to Mindfulness
Source: Mindful Magazine
The importance of being mindful of our thoughts, feelings and surroundings is a health topic that is starting to catch on. Meditation has been used for centuries as a way to tap into the subconscious and practice visualization, and now it is recognized as an effective way of dealing with stress. We couldn’t help ourselves when we saw this post. The title alone fits right in with the mindset of The ONE Thing, and we’re all about forming healthy habits!
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Blog Post: Collecting Data on a Good Night’s Sleep
Source: The New York Times
Sleeping is one of the most basic human functions, but many things in our modern world can disrupt our ability to catch Z’s. The sleep team at The New York Times publishes information on a regular basis, including this post on high tech tools that can analyze your snoozing. The data can help people get a more accurate read on their sleep patterns and in turn develop behaviors that lead to higher quality sleep.
Source: Harvard Medical School Heart Health Blog
The Harvard Medical School has their finger on the pulse of heart health, literally and figuratively. Their blog is full of tips that are specific to men and others just for women, but the post on preventing heart disease is a true must-read for everyone. The post provides information on research that found nearly a quarter of heart-related deaths are preventable, and the data is followed up by ways that people can protect their tickers.
Mental and Cognitive Health
Blog Post: Changing Brain in Healthy Aging
Source: National Institute of Aging
Alzheimer’s is one of the fastest growing health concerns for doctors, researchers and the general public. Already 5.2 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and estimates predict that the number of people with the debilitating disease will double in the next 20 years.
Focus is now being put on educating people about how the brain ages and what people can do to keep mentally sharp while researchers make progress toward finding a cure. The National Institute of Aging is a leader in providing the latest news and information on cognitive health. This overview on how the brain changes as we age and proven ways to keep your grey matter healthy is another must-read.
Finding a Work/Life Counter Balance
Blog Post: Work + Home + Community + Self
Source: Harvard Business Review
A whole chapter of The ONE Thing is dedicated to the idea that balancing work and life is a myth. The Harvard Business Review agrees, and we both believe that many Americans are killing themselves trying to make the myth a reality. It’s affecting our mental and physical health, creating a domino effect that touches every facet of our lives.
Professor Stewart D. Friedman has provided a wonderfully detailed breakdown of the 18 skills he has identified through 30 years of research that help people integrate the various parts of our lives. Along with these skills he points out exercises that help you retain and implement them.
Blog Post: Do Diabetes Types Make Sense?
Source: Diabetes Self-Management
Diabetes is a growing epidemic that has ballooned right along with obesity in America. It’s a health issue that is affecting people of all ages, including children. Some people are born with diabetes, however the majority of cases occur once we’re older. We’ve all heard of diabetes, but most people are unaware of exactly how it affects the body and what can increase our odds of developing the disease.
For more than 30 years the Diabetes Self-Management publication has been educating people on exactly what the disease entails. This post offers an explanation of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes as well as other types of diabetes you’ve probably never heard of before.
Healthy Eating Habits
Source: The ONE Thing
Yes, yes, this is one of our own blog posts, but it’s still a great read if you want to create healthy eating habits — even during the holiday season. The food we consume has a profound effect on our overall well-being. All of the points above go out the window if you aren’t fueling your body with the right food.
This post provides simple, straightforward, proven advice on how to build good eating habits. We also discuss the role that willpower plays and how food temptations can actually build your resolve.
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