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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5 Reasons to Add Reading to Your Recovery Toolbox

Sometimes it’s the not-so-obvious acts that can make the biggest difference in your recovery. For instance, did you know that the simple act of reading a good book may do wonders for your mental and physical well-being? To really reap the health benefits, reach for a printed book over an e-reader, however. 

Here’s why you should consider getting lost in a good tome today. 
  1. You’ll be more empathetic. By reading other people's emotions via literary fiction, you'll better understand what others are thinking, according to research published in Science.
  2. You’ll feel less stressed. A good page-turner can help tame those tensions – and by a whopping 68 percent, according to a study by Sussex University researchers.
  3. You’ll be more motivated to move. A riveting read may be just the tool you need to keep you going as you walk on that treadmill or ride that stationary bike, notes Weight Watchers magazine. It’s important to be aware of your posture, however, to prevent neck or shoulder injuries.
  4. You’ll be motivated to meet your goals. A book is the perfect source of motivation and inspiration. In fact, identifying with a character (fictional or nonfictional) who overcomes adversity and life obstacles can inspire you to do the same, according to research. 
  5. You’ll get better shut-eye. Reading before lights out is a great way to signal to your body that it’s time to relax and get some sleep. Avoid reading on an e-reader or tablet, however, as bright screens can disrupt your sleep cycle and keep you awake.
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