Everyday things around your house for improving health
So as I was doing some normal household chores this weekend, I got to thinking about how, over time, I have developed little tweeks in our home to try and improve our health and thought that, together, we could pool information for some "definitive living" suggestions.
Make sure you change your air filters regularly.
I use a 3M Filtrete Micro Allergen 1000 which is a Merv 11 and change them every 3 months, which is the recommended usage. In the summer and spring months, I use the 1250, which has a greater filtering capacity.
I use filters both in the air register returns as well as a washable filter at the actual furnance. I have had service techs tell me not to use both, but the owners of the heating and cooling company suggested it and stand by this practice.
Dirty air filters will increase the amount of dust and other allergens (pollen and pet dander) within the house which in turn will increase the amount of this things you are breathing.
Make sure you use good quality filters and change them regularly.
I have 3 air purifiers in the house and all three are Sharper Image Ionic Breezes. I have used other air purifiers and have found these to be the most sturdy.
Living in the desert, dust and pollen get to be just unbearable at times and the usage of air purifiers tend to help.
During the summer months, we will put a humidifier in our son's room at night to put a little moisture in the air while he is sleeping.
Make sure you change your vacuum bag often to reduce the recycling of dust and other particulates in the air.
Change the bag outside or in the garage to reduce the possiblility of secondary dust transfer.
We have a Dyson, which is just great, but it is a bagless vacuum, so we make sure to empty the cannister in the garage.
I know there have been alot of studies about bottled water and tap water, however, our area, in the last couple of years, have had two seperate incidents where they suggested we "Boil" our water or not drink the tap water for a few days.
One was small traces of Benzine (if memory serves) and another for some manner of protozoa.
If you can swing a reverse osmosis system, do it. The water tastes better and is supposed to be safer to drink.
Make sure you change the filters on a regularly scheduled interval.
If you can use "natural" alternatives to many household cleaners, it may end up being safer in the long run.
Simply Green, is supposed to be safe, non-toxic and enviornmentally sound. I hate the fucking smell, but use it from time to time.
I also use vinegar for window cleaning and have begun using the "Greenworks" line of cleaners and X-O Odor Neutralizer.
I try to keep in mind what I am putting on my counters and such will possibly go into my food.
jnp and I had discussed this on another thread:
you pretty much spend a third of your day asleep, make sure it is restful and counts.
I began using a Tempurpedic memory foam pillow a few years ago and it really helps my neck. It provides support and yet is still comfortable and I pretty much wake up in the same position I fall asleep in.
Especially considering the beating your neck takes in training, it can lead to other injuries and ailments: back and shoulder pains, headaches.....
They are pretty expensive, but I think they are worth it. Try finding them on E-Bay where they are less expensive.
Same as the pillow, except for your whole body.
Make sure you bed isn't too firm or too soft. Again we spend a third of our time asleep in bed and it is the time our body begins resting and healing for another go-round.
I have a "Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed" and I really can't remember getting a full decent night's sleep before it.
I would wake up feeling like I hadn't gotten any sleep and felt as beaten or worse as when I went to sleep. I tossed and couldn't find a comfortable position, would have a sore back, sore neck or headaches from the "pillow top" mattress we had before.
As I had posted previously, I was pissed when my wife spent the money, but it was worth every cent and I have difficulty getting restful sleep in a hotel.
These are just a few off the top of my head and hope everyone can correct any misinformation I may have posted, submit their own ideas or expand upon those I have listed.
We spend hours training up our bodies and if any of these small suggestions to improve upon our time away from training and improve ourselves, it is all worth it.