Studies link poor sleep with poor health : higher risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, cancer and poor immune system. It’s also associated with poor mental health: sleep deprivation disturbs emotional regulation and increases anxiety. It also leads to unhealthy weight gain, poor food intake and increased risk for metabolic diseases.
How does the Apple Watch compare to other devices as a health and fitness tracker?
I had and used the Apple Watch series 1 for six months before writing this review. I don’t have any relationship with Apple so I consider this as a fair review.
In summary, the Apple Watch opens up exciting opportunities for health tracking for most of us. It’s beautiful, integrates nicely with the Apple ecosystem, and can be augmented in powerful ways with third-party apps.
The Apple Watch is not by any means perfect. There are devices with more functionalities. But it might just be good enough if you are planning to track your overall health and activity.
Commuting with a bike is a fun and healthy life choice
Going to the gym or a sports facility costs time and money. Many commit to the investment, others don’t have the time or the discipline. For the latter, it is only weeks, months or years later they realize the poor health choice.
An alternative is to include a fitness activity in your daily routine. This can be cooking, cleaning up, gardening or playing daily outside with kids. It can be also walking or cycling to work.
Walking with a combination of public transport is accessible and involves little preparation to the daily routine. It is a nice way to be a bit more active.
Cycling to work can bring even more benefits. It improves your cardiovascular system, decreases risk of Type 2 diabetes, increases insulin sensitivity, helps manage body weight, helps fight depression and mood changes and reduces all-cause mortality. A Danish study showed that the 45,000 adults aged 50-65 years who regularly cycled to work or for leisure had between 11-18 percent fewer heart attacks over the course of a 20-year follow-up. The analysis indicated that some protection against heart disease was achieved with as little as 30 minutes of biking per week.
Cycling is also a low-impact activity, good for those who have knee or shin splints problems.
Regular physical activity increases life expectancy.
As much as recovery or sleep are important, regular physical activity is required.
It improves blood circulation, weight, fights stress, depression and mood changes, as well as other vital metrics such as blood pressure and blood glucose. More intense exercise like running also release endorphins, which makes us feel generally better.
It is easy to rely on medical advice, various experts or studies. Remember however to listen to what your body tells you.
When faced with a health or body issue, the Internet, friends or various experts will tell you many and different diagnoses. It is important to listen what they have to say and inquire about possible solutions.
Yet, it is your job is to listen to your body on a continuous basis, not the doctor’s. Like Plato and the allegory of the cave, doctors and other experts can only see symptoms through proxies. Indeed, you tell about your symptoms in a certain way, tests are delayed and partial, and no-one didn’t live your life to know about your unique health history and identity.
After a period of hard stress, either sickness or overreaching training, prefer active recovery to complete rest
Past burnout, fatigue, a sickness, or an athletic training, it’s tempting to stay in bed, watch TV, read a book or play a video game. That’s what most people think when doctors or mums recommend “rest”.
But it is better to follow an active recovery plan. You can improve blood circulation and increase oxygen brought to muscles and organs. You can decrease stress and get back in touch with friends. These shorten the number of days necessary to reach again your peak. Continue reading “Prefer Active Recovery to Rest”
Overweight, out of breath, sluggish? Get an activity tracker from Fitbit, Apple, or Garmin
An activity tracker is on your wrist and visible throughout the day. It reminds you everyday of your activity level and helps you reach basic fitness goals.
For those with office jobs, or who are working from home, it can be an eye opener on the lack of activity. A person working at home can in theory wake up, shower, have breakfast, work, have dinner and go back to sleep with less than 40meters walked. Compare to the usually recommended daily 10,000 steps!
You can compete against yourself and try to reach the daily 10,000 steps by walking to the office. You can also compare with friends. Most activity trackers have leaderboards and entice you to compete on who has the most weekly steps. It’s not unheard of to walk late in the night or on a Sunday just to be finish in the leaderboard.