The early bird catches not only the worm, but also some added health benefits. According to research from the American National Sleep Foundation, early risers tend to be happier and more focused than those who stay up late. But night owls should not despair – a 2014 study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences suggests nocturnal types are greater risk takers and have better memory or brain-based skills.
If sitting at a desk all day is giving you a numb bum and ‘no exercise guilt’, isolating your glute muscles alternately is a great way to tone and lift your rear. Clenching each cheek one after the other in quick 10–12 repetitions a couple of times a day, increases blood circulation and delivers more oxygen to your working muscles. This gives you a boost in energy levels – as well as a pert bottom.
Many of us turn to those invitingly hot drinks to warm us up on a cold day; however it turns out a steaming cuppa can actually have the opposite effect. A recent study from the University of Sydney shows that consuming a hot drink triggers sweating, which subsequently cools the body. In fact, it is cool drinks that cause the body to store more heat. Bring on the iced water!
Incontinence is an issue which affects huge numbers of New Zealanders. If you are one of the million Kiwis who experience this health issue, it doesn’t mean you are consigned to ugly underwear. A New Zealand company has developed fashionable hi-tech styles that look and feel like regular lingerie. ConfiTEX’s elegantly sexy ‘feel good’ range is absorbent, waterproof, pad-free and machine-washable – as well as affordable. They will show the collection at New Zealand Fashion Week this month.
When 63 per cent of five to 10-year-olds in New Zealand have their own internet-enabled devices, and 78 per cent of six-year-olds are using the internet, parents can be forgiven for being daunted by child-rearing in the digital age.
- Seize the moment: Leverage kids’ enthusiasm for getting a social media account or device to put rules in place – contracts can be downloaded at digiparenting.co.nz.
- Get involved: Set up your own Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat accounts, and get your kids to walk you through what they do online. Use discussions as a springboard for talking about wider issues – language, respect, privacy and vulnerability.
- Be prepared to confront the uncomfortable: It is not a matter of if, but when, your child will be exposed to explicit content. Put your opinion out there so they are educated by you, rather than their peers and the internet.
- Technology with limits: Parental controls are free on PCs and Macs. You can set up an account and a password for each child, and restrict what sites they can access. You can also set times of the day and length of time children can access the internet.
- Filtering: Filters can be placed on devices, routers and some websites to screen inappropriate content. But the most important filtering is the filtering between their ears – you can’t be with your kids all the time, so teach them how to be responsible.
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