Surprising Wellbeing Facts

By EssentialsMAG motivation contributor SASHA KENNEY

It is not easy to keep up with all the research published daily in the world of health and wellbeing. Often findings simply confirm health advice that has been around for years, other times the conclusions are little bit more surprising. Take a look at some interesting wellbeing truths that might surprise you.

Optimistic people live longer.
Can seeing the glass half full really help you live longer? Studies have found that there is a connection between increasing levels of optimism with decreasing levels of death from disease, cancer and stroke. For example, those that had the highest levels of optimism had an almost 40% lower risk of heart disease.

If you are tired, exercise will help.
Exercise will give you more energy than sitting. Studies have found that during exercise the blood and oxygen flow through the body and this will give you more energy and improve your mood. Try quick short bursts and feel an instant free energiser.

Sitting at a desk can increase death risk.
Office workers beware, as research from the University of Sydney found that office workers who sit for longer than ten hours a day at their desk had nearly 50 per cent increase in risk of death, in comparison to people who sat for less than four hours a day. To counteract this health risk, try to introduce five minutes of activity every hour.

Short bursts of intense exercise better for weight loss.
A recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that short bursts of high intensity interval training (Hiit) are 28.5% more effective for weight loss than longer less intense workouts. A simple example of Hiit would be: 30 sec butt kicks, pause, 30 sec jump squats, pause, and 30 sec burpees.

Reading for at least thirty minutes a day can help you live almost two years longer.
A study over a 12 year period has shown that those who read for more than 3.5 hours a week were 23% less likely to die than those who didn’t read at all. The researchers are not sure why that is, but I would suggest you cut down on your TV time and pick up the EssentialsMAG or a book instead! Just in case.

Go well!

EssentialsMAG motivation contributor is Sasha Kenney, Wellbeing Coach, World Record holder, business owner and Motivational Speaker.

Victoria Lee