About Sarah Daren

Sarah Daren has been a consultant for startups in the wellness industry, wearable technology and health education. She implements her health knowledge into every aspect of her life with a focus on making America a healthier and safer place for future generations to come.

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise During Quarantine

When the COVID-19 quarantine first started, many people thought it wouldn’t last very long. The stress of dealing with a global pandemic, combined with stay-at-home orders kept many people from their usual gym routines, causing them to become more and more sedentary. Months later, that hasn’t really changed for most people. If you’ve spent the last few months on the couch and rarely exercising, know that you’re definitely not alone. It’s completely understandable to feel guilty about your sedentary lifestyle and to feel like you have no motivation to start now. The good news is that even thinking about getting started on a quarantine exercise routine is the first step! Ready to get moving again? Here are some tips for getting motivated.   Combine Exercise with Cognitive Activities Your body isn’t the only thing starved for exercise. Many people are experiencing chronic stress during the pandemic and are experiencing problems with focus, attention span, and mood. By choosing a workout that simultaneously exercises your body and mind, you’ll improve your mood and be more likely to continue putting exercise on the schedule. The most obvious choice for boosting the mind/body connection is yoga. This relaxing form of exercise is accessible and can be done just about everywhere. Not only is it relaxing and helps to reduce stress, but it also builds strength and can be a great workout, depending on the intensity of the practice. Another way to combine exercise and cognition-boosting benefits is to practice mindful walking and breathing. This essentially combines meditation and walking, allowing you to gain the benefits of both activities simultaneously.   Exercise with a Buddy… 6 Feet Apart of Course!  Quarantine has been hard on everyone. Not being able to go out to dinner for friends or have them over for coffee has taken a toll on just about everyone. The good news is that for most people, it’s now possible to exercise outside together with proper social distancing. If you need motivation to exercise, then the opportunity to see a friend might be just what you need. Exercising with a friend is great for accountability, fun, and encouragement. Just take care to stay six feet apart!   Do a Little Bit of Health Research!  Generally, it’s best to motivate yourself using positive methods. But if that isn’t working, then it might not be a bad idea to look up some statistics on obesity, diabetes, depression, and other health issues. Long term, a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to chronic health problems and even premature death. These health problems have scary consequences but are often preventable. Doing a little bit of health research might light a fire under you to exercise and reduce your risks. A sedentary lifestyle is harmful to your health, and it’s important to remember that fact!   Remind Yourself the Benefits of Exercise!  Study after study shows just how beneficial exercise is for our overall health. Not only is it important for regulating factors like blood [...]

2020-09-25T17:15:39-07:00 By |

Memory & Focus: Tips For Improving Your Cognitive Performance

If you’ve ever forgotten something important, then you know how frustrating it is. Most people associate memory loss with aging, but the truth is that most people could benefit from consciously improving their working memory, ability to focus, and overall cognitive performance. Daily practice can help you improve your ability to recall details and manage your daily responsibilities. Training your brain for enhanced memory in focus will allow you to fully engage in life, become more productive, and stay “sharp.” Here are some tips for improving your cognition.   Pay Attention to Your Diet & Exercise Routine Diet is an important factor in cognitive performance and making sure you’re getting the right nutrients is key for improving memory and focus. A diet rich in leafy green vegetables, fish, nuts, berries, and even coffee and tea can improve your memory and help you function at your peak. Fuel your brain (and your body!) the right way to stay mentally fit. You should also get outside or to the gym and exercise regularly. Exercise has countless benefits, with cognitive performance being one of them. Research indicates that people who exercise regularly develop a larger hippocampus, which affects memory.   Play Memory Games Your brain needs exercise, just like your body. Committing to daily brain teasers and memory games is a great way to stay sharp as you get older. Something as simple as writing down ten words and then doing something else before trying to remember the words you wrote down is a simple, yet effective way to keep your brain “in shape.” Brain games don’t have to take up a lot of time, but you should do them consistently. They can also be a lot of fun—jigsaw puzzles, the daily crossword, Sudoku are all fantastic brain exercises. Try keeping a book of puzzles next to the couch and tackle one each day. You can also boost your brainpower by learning a new skill or improving an existing one. Your cognitive function will begin to deteriorate over time if you don’t challenge your brain with novel experiences. Even simply listening to music or exploring an unfamiliar environment can help!   Take Up Meditation and Get a Good Night’s Sleep Although it’s important to challenge your brain, it’s just as important to let it rest. Workaholics take note: you need to step back and relax if you want to operate at your peak level of performance. Meditation is a great daily habit for improving focus and memory. You can do it anywhere you can find a quiet space, and even just a few minutes can be beneficial. Yoga and Tai Chi can also be beneficial for your mental wellness and performance. You should also ensure that you’re getting enough sleep. Sleep improves memory and is essential for focus, mood, and general health and well-being. If you’re having trouble sleeping, it’s important to find out why so you can make adjustments and get more rest.   Spend Time with [...]

2020-09-22T15:58:31-07:00 By |