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READ, READ, READ!

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We ALWAYS encourage our kids to read…we do it with them every night, we dress them up for World Book Day….but why does that passion for reading often stop when we get to adulthood? 

Time? No! We have time to watch T.V or check our social media page….so why are we not reading? Use World Book Day to inspire you back to the books…because guess what….it’s good for your brain and your body too! 

Why Read?

A growing body of research indicates that reading literally changes your mind.

Using MRI scans, researchers have confirmed that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain. As your reading ability matures, those networks also get stronger and more sophisticated.

Why children and parents should read together

Doctors recommend that parents read with their children beginning as early as infancy and continuing through the school years.

Reading with your children builds warm and happy associations with books, increasing the likelihood that kids will find reading enjoyable in the future.

Reading at home boosts school performance later on. It also increases vocabulary, raises self-esteem, builds good communication skills, and strengthens the prediction engine that is the human brain.

Helps Prevent Cognitive Decline 

The National Institute on Aging recommends reading books and magazines as a way of keeping your mind engaged as you grow older.

Although research hasn’t proven conclusively that reading books prevents diseases like Alzheimer’s,  studies show that seniors who read and solve math problems every day maintain and improve their cognitive functioning.

And the earlier you start, the better. A study conducted by Rush University Medical Centre found that people who’ve engaged in mentally stimulating activities all their lives were less likely to develop the plaques, lesions, and tau-protein tangles found in the brains of people with dementia.

Helps You Sleep 

Doctors suggest reading as part of a regular sleep routine.

For best results, you may want to choose a print book rather than reading on a screen, since the light emitted by your device could keep you awake and lead to other unwanted health outcomes.

Doctors also recommend that you read somewhere other than your bedroom if you have trouble falling asleep.

Can Help Alleviate Depression 

People with depression often feel isolated and estranged from everyone else. And that’s a feeling books can sometimes lessen.

Reading fiction can allow you to temporarily escape your own world and become swept up in the imagined experiences of the characters. And nonfiction self-help books can teach you strategies that may help you manage symptoms

May Even Help You Live Longer 

A long-term health and retirement study followed a cohort of 3,635 adult participants for a period of 12 years, finding that those who read books survived around 2 years longer than those who either didn’t read or who read magazines and other forms of media.

The study also concluded that people who read more than 3 1/2 hours every week were 23 percent likely to live longer than those who didn’t read at all!

Don’t Binge Watch All The Time 

There’s nothing wrong with watching an entire television series, start to finish, in a single weekend — just as there’s nothing wrong with eating a large, luscious dessert.

But binge-watching TV probably needs to be an occasional treat rather than your main source of intellectual stimulation. Research shows that prolonged TV viewing, especially for children, may change the brain in unhealthy ways.

How To Read Without Hurting My Neck

1. Sitting with the right leg height When you are sitting on a chair to read your book, make sure your legs are placed correctly or else you can have a painful end! It is important that the blood circulation to your legs continues. So, make sure that the edge of your chair does not stop the blood supply to your legs. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor when your lower legs are perpendicular to the floor.

2. Support your feet
If you want to be seated in a relaxing posture, give your feet a platform to lift up. The more cushion you provide to your feet, the more relaxed you will feel. Probably your mind will also read better those intrinsic details of a scene.

3. Back your back
While you are sitting, a proper back support is a must. Hunching forward can surely lead to neck and a back pain leading to reducing your focus, concentration, and your reading time. So, if you want to continue reading the book seamlessly, please take care of your back.

4. Sit up straight
You should always keep your spine in a neutral position. This can be easily done by sitting straight up in your chair with your tailbone snug against the chair’s back and keeping your feet flat on the floor. Slouching your shoulders or lowering your face to read should be avoided as the head weighs quite a bit and can cause some pain in the spine.

What If I Want To Read In Bed?

If you must read in bed, sit up straight or use a specially designed wedge pillow. Any time you are sitting or lying down can be an opportunity to decompress the vertebrae in your back. To keep the right shape in the spine, you could also try to build a staircase of pillows to support your lower back, mid-back and neck

GIVE IT A GO AND MEASURE THE IMPACT! HAPPY READING FOLKS! 

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