Dr. Oz's Weekend Health Challenge

The weekend shouldn’t be a detour from your healthy lifestyle. Use this simple plan to make your weekend truly restorative.

Dr. Oz's Weekend Health Challenge

By the time you crawl into bed on Friday evening, you would rather take a hammer to your alarm clock than have it wake you up on Saturday morning. But when you sleep in too late on Saturday, you find you’re more tired and groggy than ever. Learn how to catch up on sleep the right way.

Set a Normal Wake-Up Time

Sleeping in significantly later than usual can cause sleep jetlag. Just like when you jet set between different time zones, your body’s natural sleep cycle (called the circadian rhythm) is thrown off. To fight feeling like you’ve just flown back from Asia come Monday morning, force yourself to wake up at the same time each day.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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