Seven Exercises You Can Do In Bed

exercise in bedFINAL     Bed exercises are a healthy way to help you get in shape, burn calories, tone you up, and transform your body.  They’re convenient for all kinds of reasons.  Perhaps you have neither the time nor the desire to get up extra early to do a morning workout at the gym.  Some bed exercise in the morning can get you perked up and firing on all cylinders to start the day with an advantage.  Done in the evening they can help you get a restful evening of sleep.  They  stimulate the production of the mood-enhancing brain chemical serotonin, leaving you feeling calm and relaxed.  As a result, you will find that you sleep better when you do these exercises at night, and feel invigorated when you do the routine in the morning. Here are a few bed exercises you can do that won’t take more than 10 minutes out of your busy schedule.  They are designed for anyone, but they can be especially helpful for people recovering from an illness or injury and confined to bed and for people who just can’t find time during the day to exercise.

Important:  When you perform these exercises, breathe in slowly while you count to four, hold for a count of one, and then exhale for a count of four.

ARMS-SHOULDER SEESAW
Purpose: Tones and stretches the shoulders and upper back.
What to do: While lying on your back, place your arms at your sides. Slide your right arm and shoulder toward your right foot. Next, raise your right shoulder toward your head, while at the same time sliding your left arm and shoulder toward your left foot. Then raise your left shoulder toward your head, while lowering your right arm and shoulder toward your right foot. Repeat five times on each side, moving your shoulders up and down like a seesaw.  Continue reading Seven Exercises You Can Do In Bed

Antioxidants – Are You Rusting?

Rusted up tin manThe Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz rusted up due to oxidation.  We’re suffering much worse damage due to oxidative stress, and it’ll take more than an oil can to fix it!

Oxygen is essential for life, but it can create damaging by-products during normal cellular metabolism.  These by-products are called free radicals

Although the process of oxidation is necessary, it leaves behind free radicals, oxidized molecules that are missing electrons.  These molecules are unstable and agitated.  They remain unstable until they capture new electrons to replace the missing ones.  They roam throughout our bodies stealing electrons from our cells, even our most vital ones like  electron-rich DNA.

When free radicals pull electrons out of our DNA it can no longer function properly.  DNA stores our genetic information and controls the reproduction of all new cells, including the cells of our organs, heart, brain and other tissues which are critical to our health.  Continue reading Antioxidants – Are You Rusting?