Sometimes taking care of our health can seem like a chore. Flossing our teeth, working out at the gym and following a weight-loss diet all require willpower and effort. Fortunately, science shows that some healthy activities feel more like temptations than obligations! Check out these research findings from around the world.
Things That Are Healthy for Us That We Actually Like
Good news from experts.
“Drinking coffee … is associated with a reduced risk of developing chronic liver disease and related liver conditions.” ~ The University of Southampton
“Dancing was significantly and independently associated with a lower incidence of ADL [activities of daily living] disability.” ~ Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology
“Where watermelon really stands out is in its concentration of certain antioxidants.” ~ American Heart Association
“People who play games—such as cards and board games—are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life.” ~ The University of Edinburgh
Surfing the Web
“Internet searching engages complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain function.” ~ University of California Los Angeles Health
A Day at the Beach
“After taking a short walk on the beach [study] participants reported improvements in their mood, vitality and mental health.” ~ Barcelona Institute for Global Health
“Flavanols in dark chocolate have a positive impact on brain function, including better reaction time, visual-spatial awareness and stronger memory.” ~ Johns Hopkins Medicine
“It’s the only snack that is 100 percent whole grain … [and has] antioxidants and a lot more ﬁber than most other vegetables and fruits.” ~ Whole Grain Council