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Crosswords and jogging just two ways to better health

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

Daily puzzles such as crosswords and sudoku are great ways to keep up your mental strength, shows a new study

Daily puzzles such as crosswords and sudoku are great ways to keep up your mental strength, shows a new study

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Good news for fans of a quick-fix: running for seven minutes a day could help cut your risk of dying from heart disease.

A study by Iowa State University found that people who ran for 51 minutes a week had a 45 per cent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke plus a 30 per cent lower risk of death from all causes, living for an average three years longer.

Here are seven more seven-minute marvels...

Brain

Just recently, experts at the Alzheimer's Association international conference in Copenhagen announced that crosswords and card games can boost brain power and prevent dementia. Grab your nearest newspaper pull out a pen, and get puzzling for seven minutes.

Eyes

The advice from optical experts is that if you work in front of a computer, you should follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look 20ft away from your screen for at least 20 seconds. That adds to minute seven minutes over a seven hour day that will reduce eye strain, help avoid painful dry eyes and banish headaches.

Skin

Apparently, the average woman takes seven minutes and 39 seconds in the shower. Use your bathing time to get glowing too, with a little help from the humble body brush. Daily body brushing will remove dead skin cells and encourage your circulation and lymphatic system.

Arms and legs

Last year, the American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal published a hugely popular guide called the High-intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment. Basically, it's 12 easy-to-follow exercises that you can do in your living room, in just seven minutes, with the same benefits as a sweaty hour in the gym.

Weight loss

A survey earlier this year revealed that most of us spend just seven minutes and 20 seconds on eating breakfast. Being short on time doesn't have to mean resorting to fast-food style breakfasts. Porridge, the ultimate low-fat, fibre-packed start to the day, needs just two minutes in the microwave, one minute to cool down and three minutes and 20 seconds to eat.

Stress

Stress has been linked a multitude of health issues, from insomnia to cancer and even stroke. Help beat it with deep breathing: Breathe in slowly to the count of seven seconds, hold, then breathe out for eight to ten seconds for a sense of calm.

Sleep

A recent Arizona State University Phoenix study on sleep duration found that 'the lowest mortality and morbidity is with seven hours' of nightly shut-eye.

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