25 Exciting Ways to Get More Daily Steps In | The Health Sessions

25 Exciting Ways to Get More Daily Steps In

Walking is probably the easiest, cheapest and most accessible kind of exercise. And yet, going for a 30 minute walk every day will improve your heart health, boost your brainpower, ease joint pain and help you maintain a healthy weight. Not to mention that you often get the added benefits of being outdoors, like fresh air, vitamin-D producing sunshine and better immunity.

When you’re living with chronic illness, walk training is also an effective way to increase your mobility. And, as a result of being able to go places again, your quality of life may improve.

But compared to dancing, gym classes or playing team sports, walking can seem a little boring. Especially in the early days of your recovery journey, when you have to drag yourself outside and don’t have the energy to wander far from home, your usual walk around the block can becomes monotonous.

The good news is, there are plenty of ways to make your walk training more fun. Of course, a lot depends on your current fitness levels and the area you live in, but most of these tips can be adapted to fit your needs. So take a look at 25 exciting ways to get more daily steps in!

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Back-to-School Season: The Adult Guide to Getting Back on Track | The Health Sessions

Back-to-School Season: The Adult Guide to Getting Back on Track

Does the end of Summer still feel like back-to-school season, even now that you’re an adult? You’re not the only one.  The media dubbed September “the new January”, because for so many of us, the beginning of Fall has the same new-year feeling, with fresh starts, clean slates and empty calendars.

After a relaxing Summer, how do you get back on track with school, work and healthy living while keeping your mood and energy up?

I’ve rounded up the best advice from the archives to make the most of back-to-school season as a (chronically ill) adult!

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How You Can Make Your Menstrual Cycle Work For You (Instead of Against You) | The Health Sessions

Go with the Flow: How to Make Your Menstrual Cycle Work For You

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Do you feel bloated, tired or irritated right before or during your period?

PMS is one of the most noticeable examples of how hormonal changes impact your body and mind. But hormones affect your health, mood and behaviour in countless more ways – in women and men. These small but mighty chemical messengers, excreted by the glands in your body, influence many physiological processes, from your appetite and sexual desire to hormonal anxiety.

Your hormone levels naturally rise and fall throughout the day. Cortisol, for example, peaks in the early morning hours to wake you up, whereas melatonin gets secreted when darkness falls. But in the female body, the reproductive hormones also fluctuate over a monthly cycle of roughly 28 days, changing how you feel from week to week. That means that, unlike men, female bodies don’t function in a steady, predictable manner day in day out.

In Period Power, women’s health expert Maisie Hill advocates that we should acknowledge these monthly fluctuations, without feeling like we’re moody, unreliable creatures for doing so. Your energy levels, mental focus, mood, libido and food cravings vary throughout your menstrual cycle, due to hormonal shifts. And that’s not only normal, according to Period Power you could even take advantage of your hormonal powers.

If that’s the case, how can you get your menstrual cycle to work for you instead of against you? 

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How to Fully Engage Your Senses to Promote Healing | The Health Sessions

23 Ways You Can Engage Your Five Senses for Healing

All day long, your five senses pick up sounds and smells, feel the sun on your skin and distinguish beautiful colors around you. You’re probably not even aware of this, until bright lights or loud music make you want to cover your eyes or ears.

When you’re living with chronic illness, chances are, you’re no stranger to sensory overload. In that case, your brain receives more input from your senses than it can process and organize, leaving you feeling overwhelmed, tired and brain fogged. But did you know that you can also ‘hack’ your senses to drastically improve your overall wellbeing?

Take a look at why engaging your five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch – supports your health and happiness.

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