January 11, 2013

January 11, 2013
12 Healthy Resolutions You'll Love
Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and we have almost made it through another work week. I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It has been another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

A few days ago I blogged about my new year's resolution. Yesterday I started blogging about 12 resolutions you might enjoy keeping that I will finish today. If you have not read the blog for yesterday, I would recommend reading it first.

Have Sex

The benefits? Sex causes the brain to release endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that act as painkillers and reduce anxiety. Sex also prompts the release of substances that bolster the immune system. Moreover, sexual activity is linked to lower levels of depression in both men and women regardless of your sexual orientation.

Listen to Music

Your favorite music may be good for your heart, say researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Music also brings on sound sleep, boosts mood and reduces anxiety. Patients feel less pain and need less pain medication after surgery if they listen to music while recuperating, research shows.

Take a Nap

A midafternoon nap can help improve mood, memory, alertness and learning and it won't interfere with your nighttime zzz's, according to New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. Other research finds that a 90-minute siesta clears the brain's short-term memory storage center and makes room for new information.

Go Outside

Spending time outdoors can help you recover from surgery faster, improve the way your immune system works and help diabetics achieve healthier glucose levels, researchers say. Surprisingly, as little as five minutes a day of outdoor activity even walking in a city park can boost your mood, according to a study from the University of Essex, England.

Get Off Your Soapbox

Consider stopping the use of soaps and household cleaners that contain the antibacterial agent triclosan. Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than plain-jane soaps in ridding your hands of germs and preventing illness, according to research from the University of Michigan. And triclosan may contribute to the rise of dangerous, disease causing bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

And One More Thing

Living a healthy life has a lot to do with living an enjoyable life so these are all good suggestions to follow. I would add one more: "At least once a week, buy yourself the present of spending time doing exactly what you want." Remember life is not a dress rehearsal so get out there and live your life.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Friday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab