An Active Lifestyle Over Sitting

Many journals stress the importance of developing active lifestyles, however, having a sedentary lifestyle is heavily amplified as it makes up the vast majority of our day.

Studies suggest that excessive levels of sedentary time have been linked to many diseases. Except for a person's own perception, it is equally important to measure one's own subjective well-being because how an individual feels about their own health may not always align with what their bodies may demonstrate.




The Relationship Between Sedentary Behavior and Subjective Well-Being
  1. Those who are excessively sedentary were correlated to having poor hedonic well-beings;
  2. There are different contexts of sitting in which yield varying feelings and judgments in regards to one's subjective well-being -- such as when one sits to watch TV carries different associations as to when one sits to socialize;
  3. Lastly, how much an individual sits relative to how much they usually sit places a greater impact on their well-being rather than the total amount of sitting.
The croissant

The croissant is a flaky breakfast food that is so culturally iconic and French that many defer to its native pronunciation (krwa-sohn).

Yet, in the 19th century, the French viewed the croissant as a foreign novelty that was only sold in special Viennese bakeries in Paris's wealthier parts.

The croissant was inspired by the Austrian kipfel - a crescent-shaped baked good featuring a generous amount of butter or lard.

  • The kipfel originated in 1683. The story is that during the Ottomans siege of Vienna, a baker, who rises early to make bread, saved the city when he heard the Turks tunnelling underneath the city and sounded an alarm.
  • The curved shape of the kipfel mimics the crescent moon of the Ottoman Flag.

The croissant started as the Austrian kipfel but became French when people began to make it with puffed pastry. There is no reference to the croissant in France before about the 1850s.

An Austrian entrepreneur named August Zang opened the first Viennese bakery in Paris in 1838. Zang's ability for marketing had Parisians flocking to his establishment to sample his Vienna bread, kaiser rolls, and kipfel. By 1840, there were at least a dozen makers of Viennese bread.

The croissant took the fast-food industry by storm in the late 1900s, as manufacturers introduced pre-made frozen dough and takeaway "croissanteries" that popped up throughout France.

The frozen croissant was introduced to America in 1981, which soon outpaced the pound cakes in sales. The croissant morphed into Cronuts (doughnuts made with croissant dough). The most recent incarnation is the Baissant, or bagel croissant.

Michel Lyczak was the 2014 winner of the "best butter croissant" award.

  • He states that an excellent croissant depends on the quality of the ingredients: sugar, salt, high-protein flour, eggs, fresh, cold milk, and butter.
  • The butter is a variety from the southwestern region of Poitou-Charentes, carefully washed in spring water before folding it by hand into the pastry dough.
  • After flattening and folding the dough, it is cut into triangles by hand, then refrigerated for 12 hours to ferment. Without this step, you won't get the layers and will end up with bread.
Popping Bubble Wraps
  • There is something uniquely satisfying in popping sheets of bubble wraps and it seems to relate to the calming power of touch.
  • Studies on undergraduates showed that popping two sheets of bubble wraps made them feel calmer, awake and alert.
  • Popping bubbles is a way to release muscle tension, and just like clicking the pen or jiggling one's foot, it helps reduce stress and stabilize one's nervous energy.
Stress and anxiety: related, but not synonymous states

We often use the words “anxiety” and “stress” interchangeably. Both are normal, adaptive responses to life’s challenges and share many symptoms ( for example, worry, stomach aches, restlessness, muscle tension, racing thoughts, headaches, sleepless nights, etc.)

But despite their similarities, there are important differences between the two. And knowing the differences is the first step towards finding relief.

  • It is designed to make it easier for us to fight or flee from life-threatening triggers.
  • Stress is usually defined as a response to an external trigger, and can either be acute (a tight deadline) or chronic (persistent financial trouble).
  • While stress might not feel good in the moment, it can still be helpful by motivating us to stay alert and take action when we need to.

Anxiety is mostly triggered internally by excessive thoughts (for example, judgments about the past or worries about the future).

Like stress, anxiety can be useful in the right scenarios. The discomfort it makes us feel was designed to alert us of something, precisely so that we listen up and protect ourselves.

When left unchecked, both stress and anxiety can escalate into more severe mental health conditions.

  • Anxiety disorder, which includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is the most common mental health condition in the U.S., affecting more than 40 million Americans.
  • Globally, anxiety disorders are also the most common mental health condition, affecting up to one in 13 people.
  • The basic criteria for determining whether stress or anxiety have become problematic is whether they have begun adversely affecting key domains of your life.
Health benefits of dance
  • Boost Memory
  • Improve Flexibility
  • Reduce Stress
  • Diminish Depression
  • Help Your Heart, especially for those at risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Helps to Lose Weight
  • Improves Balance. Frequent dancing will help you stabilize and gain better control of your body.
  • Increase Energy
  • A dance class is the perfect setting to make new friends and branch out socially.

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