According to a recent Harvard Health study, racket sports are a good way to ramp up your fitness. Not only can hitting objects across the net be fun, but they are also an effective way to get into shape. Racket sports from badminton to pickleball, squash, ping pong, and tennis are great at getting your heart pumping, strengthening muscles in your legs, arms and core. Several long-term studies have linked racquet sports to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and longevity. Click here to read more.
According to the CDC, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn who should get the flu vaccine and when the best time is to be vaccinated.
Recently, the decision to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic has become more of a political issue than a health issue. With a lack of national protocol around when and where to wear a face mask, it’s not abnormal to be shamed for wearing one and angry when others don’t. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends “people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” So why all the fuss? Basically, though some people simply don’t like to be forced to do anything, especially by the government, scientists have proven that taking this extra precaution, in addition to socially distancing, helps to significantly curb the spread of coronavirus. Click here to read 5 reasons why it’s important to wear a mask, plus who should wear one.
A regular yoga practice, according to the National Sleep Foundation, helps people with insomnia sleep for longer, fall asleep faster and fall back asleep more quickly in the middle of the night. A good night’s rest isn’t just important for energy and focus; research has shown that it’s especially important for a strong immune system and fighting off infection — something that’s top of mind especially because of the pandemic. This five-minute yoga routine will help you sleep better every single night. Click here to read more: Five-Minute Yoga Before Bedtime
In addition to being delicious, some herbal teas have health-promoting properties. In fact, herbal teas have been used as natural remedies for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years. Interestingly, modern science has begun to find evidence supporting some of the traditional uses of herbal teas, as well as some new ones. Click here to read about the 10 healthy herbal teas you’ll want to try: 10 Healthy Herbal Teas to Try
Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. Click here to read about tips to help protect children during the COVID-19 outbreak: Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Children
Let’s be honest, COVID-19 is not disappearing any time soon, which means face masks are also sticking around. As you know by now, face coverings help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people wear masks in public settings when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Not to mention, they’re mandatory in many states. Click here to read about eight face masks that could help prevent cross-contamination: Best Face Mask Cases
Soak up the sun and don’t forget the SFP! It’s time for us to take our workouts out to the great outdoors. These workouts will make it feel more like playtime than a chore. Click here to read more.
Going to the beach and swimming in pools or lakes is synonymous with summer. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people through water in these places. Click here to learn tips so you can safely enjoy swimming and the beach this summer.
COVID-19 has been a very stressful time for many people. Due to the uncertainty and lack of control over you may feel over your life, it is not surprising that many people are experiencing weird dreams. Read about 5 ways to help you not let your dreams ruin a good night sleep. Click here to read more.