Walking: Simple and Important

“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.”
— Steven Wright

Chances are you have heard about the beneficial aspects of walking. In fact, we would wager that everyone has as doctors and other members of the health community have been touting its benefits for years now.

While everyone enjoys taking a well-earned rest each day, the evidence is indisputable: human beings have become far too sedentary for their own good. This problem has been heightened in recent years, thanks to the prevalence of computers and other forms of entertainment that do not require anything more than the most basic movement. No matter what your job or the current state of your life, it is imperative that you get up and move around at numerous points in the day. The general consensus is that human beings require 30 minutes of reasonably vigorous exercise a day to help maintain their health.

Many of us lead busy lives which leaves very little time for things outside of work, family, and regular responsibilities. That can cause exercise to be pushed off to the side or even completely over the side. Also, some people cannot afford gym memberships and even when they do have them, do not use the membership enough to justify the cost.

The nice thing about walking is that all it requires is a pair of good quality shoes. If you live in a nice area, walking can be a particular pleasure as it gets you out into the sunshine and provides a way for you to spend time with neighbors and friends. It is generally only an issue when cold weather and snow can make walking inconvenient or impossible. In those instances, you would require an indoor walking track or a treadmill. However, some creative people have found alternate solutions, such as walking up and down their apartment building’s staircase.

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Anxiety and stress can have a lot of negative impacts. People often discuss how it impairs mental health, but it can also really take a toll on your body. One of these points, surprisingly enough, is your teeth. When stressed, people often clench their jaw or grind their teeth. They can also do that unconsciously while sleeping.

Continually grinding your teeth can cause people to wear down, crack, and otherwise damage their teeth, which can lead to additional dental complications. If you find yourself doing this, here are some things you can try:

Reduce Your Stress Level

As stress is usually the culprit, cutting back on the amount of stress you experience each day should have the dual effect of reducing your grinding and improving your overall well-being.

Get More Sleep

The better rested you are, the more centered you feel. That can make you more relaxed and less likely to become stressed, leading to clenching and grinding.

Cut Back on Alcohol and Caffeine

Alcohol may seem like it is relaxing you, but it actually increases the likelihood of clenching. Caffeine, of course, is the type of stimulant that does just the opposite of what you want here. Switch to decaf coffee and stay away from the colas.

Wear a Guard at Night

If you have not been able to reduce your stress level and are worried about the amount of damage on your teeth, ask your dentist to make you a night guard. You wear these while asleep and they protect your teeth from additional wear. Depending on how much you grind, they can last 1-2 years. Guards tends to be fairly expensive, but don’t use cheaper, over the counter ones instead: a guard needs to be custom made so that it fits securely over your teeth in order to be effective.