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4 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

We all know life can be hectic, and sometimes your sleep is interfered with. This is bad because health problems from a lack of sleep can occur. Here are four ways to sleep better tonight.

1. Reach for the Sky Before Your Pillow- Yoga

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Yoga is often known to be relaxation technique and doing some simple poses before bed can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Some people are not into yoga, so if that’s you some simple stretching can work just as effectively. Stretching will release some of the tension in your body and relax your muscles, perfectly preparing you for a better night’s sleep.

2. Hit the Gym Before You Hit the Sheets- Run

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Just like stretching and yoga, going for a long run will help release the tension in your body, as well as wear you out before bed. Running also can help clear a cloudy mind, eliminating racing thoughts before bed. Do you workout routine a couple of hours before you are ready for bed, take a shower and hit the sheets!

3. Take a Deep Breath Before You Get a Deep Sleep- Breathe

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Doing breathing techniques before bed helps you relax. Try breathing in slowly and counting to ten and then exhaling at the same rate. The time, of course, can be adjusted according to each person’s preference. Breathing is something you can do lying in bed so before you know it- you’re fast asleep.

4. Turn Off the Lights to Turn Off Your Mind- Unplug

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Watching television or playing with your phone before bed is something almost every person is guilty of. When you do this, the light makes your body stay awake and you are more aware of your surroundings.  About an hour before you would like to fall asleep, check your phone one last time and then turn it off for the night.  You will be surprised how much it helps to unplug.

These are some techniques I have found to help me sleep. Follow these and you will sleep better tonight.

Comment below with some of your tricks to fall asleep faster and sleep better!

8 Reasons to Run Outside

For many, running is one of the greatest pleasures in life. As children we learned to run by chasing our friends, playing sports, or running after pets. We ran because we could and because we wanted to, not simply because we needed to stay in shape. For some people this is still true, but for others reasons may be different. Whatever the reason you have for running, it is a great one. Running is one of the simplest forms of exercise, yet is also one of the best for you. Besides the obvious health effects that you can get from running, there are many other lucrative reasons why people should run, and run more! My personal preference is running outside.  Here are 8 reasons to run outside:

1. Change of Scenery

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If you, like me, aren’t a fan of running laps around a track, running outside may be your best option. Running outdoors gives you the chance to see things that you have never seen and take in views. It can make running much more enjoyable when you are able to run through nice and interesting areas, thus making what may initially be viewed as pure exercise a little more fun. Running outside also brings the added benefit of exposure to sunlight, which when managed correctly (wear appropriate sun protection) can bring lots of added health benefits such as increased Vitamin D!

2. Save Money

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Besides saving you trips to the doctor by improving your health and decreasing the risk of disease, running can help to save you valuable cash. Gym memberships can be very expensive, whereas running outside is a very inexpensive thing to do. Running only requires a pair of shoes which you would have needed to go the gym anyways!

3. Do it Anywhere

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One of the great advantages of running is that it can be done anywhere. All you need is land, which unless you live on a boat is all around you! Sometimes you don’t have the time to commit to driving to and from the gym along with the allotted time for your exercise. Running can easily be done in very small intervals, allowing for the maximization of your time. The ability to get up and go also is a bonus for people who may not have the motivation to get up and get to the gym. Simply having to put on clothes and shoes is much easier to do!

4. Improve your Brain and Body

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Studies have shown that regular exercise can boost the circulation and flow of nutrients and oxygen to the brain.  People who get out and run tend to have lower levels of stress, and thus have decreased risk of diabetes, heart attack, and other ailments. Running also lowers high blood pressure, making runners healthier overall than those who do not run. Cardiovascular disease is much lower in people who exercise regularly

5. Sleep Better

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For those who may have trouble sleeping, running can be a great cure. Running helps to reduce stress and anxiety, thus making falling asleep easier. Your body heat is also raised during a run, and when it drops down to normal post-run, this can make you tired which makes it easier to sleep. Many runners enjoy running at night or before they go to sleep, as an obvious effect of running is tiredness post-run.

6. Enjoy Others Company

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One great advantage of running is that it can easily be done with a buddy. Running with friends is an easier way to get motivated to get up and go and can also improve your relationships. Exercising with someone else puts you both in a place where you may be healthier and have less stress. Less stress leads to an overall happier mood.  Running can also promote unity as setting running goals together or accomplishing benchmarks as a team can be a great feeling that can be shared.

7. Increase Stamina

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Running is also great because it allows you to increase your stamina. This will allow you to go further in subsequent runs and also will improve other aspects of your life. Other workouts at the gym or other places will be more bearable and you will be able to do more in your day without getting as tired. Although boosting your endurance and stamina can be difficult at first, the advantages of doing so are well worth the effort!

8. Give Yourself Time To Think

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Although it may not be the first thing that pops to mind when you think of the advantages of running, the ability to think and be alone with ones thoughts is one of the greatest advantages that running outdoors has. Personally, I love being able to go on a long run as it gives me the chance to disconnect from the world and just be alone with my thoughts. Running past beautiful scenery and through interesting areas, you can easily forget all issues and think about what you want.

I hope that all of these reasons to run outside will inspire you to get there this summer and run!

Comment below with other great reasons you love to run outside!