Those few extra minutes of sleep may seem like a small indulgence with very small consequences – maybe a bit more rushing around to get out the door – but the bigger picture of sleep cycles and circadian rhythms tells us differently.
Maybe I'm a little too traditionalist, but I do think that it helps to keep the different roles in my life separated from each other. I focus better on my kids when I'm wearing my everyday clothes. I focus better on my worship when I wear my Sunday best. And I focus better on my workout when I'm wearing my Dri-Fit and Spandex.
Whether it be better quality food for all or valuing health over thinness, there's plenty this year to be happy about.
The 5-minute stretch breaks in my son's first grade class are probably an effort to get the kids moving when recesses and gym programs are not as plentiful or liberal as they could be for maximum health benefits.
In the immortal words of my Grandpa Holben (who himself was quoting Mark Twain), "If you have to eat two frogs, it's better to eat the bigger one first."
While I wait for the 28 hour day to come to pass, however, I'm doing my best to make sleep I get really counts – that it's restful, comfortable, and let's me use my waking hours as efficiently as possible.
I mean, if there are more people with eyes to see mental illness, then fewer red flags will go unnoticed, right? If we know what to look for, then we're more likely to see it.
I wonder about the implications for the rest of us. Do we really want to know exactly what's in our food? Will we panic every time the reading tells us there is something to be wary of?
There's something for everyone in this fitness gift guide – from the exercise newbie to the philosophical foodie. Give them the gift of better health and greater happiness in the coming year.
Are you up for a weight gain-fighting, stress-reducing, health-promoting, life-affirming holiday exercise streak? I challenge you to exercise every day between now and 2014. (But don't worry if you miss a day – just pick it right back up again the next day and keep going!)
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