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Real Fit Mini Challenge

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ“ข WEEKLY CHALLENGE TIME! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ“ข ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ“šโšกThis weekโ€™s challenge will take just a few minutes a day and will make a surprising difference in how you feel! ๐Ÿ“• Your challenge: Find a book youโ€™ve been meaning to read (or finish!) and carve out time to read 10 pages a day (or for at least 6 minutes).

๐Ÿ‘“ Reading is so good for you on so many levels. ๐Ÿ’กIt can help you live longer. One study found that people who read regularly were 20% less likely to have died over the course of a 12-year span. (crazy, right!?) ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€ As little as 6 minutes of reading works on the brain to help cut stress by up to 68%, according to a neuropsychologist. Experts think this is because your mind has to focus on what youโ€™re reading, blocking out other thoughts and distractions โ€ฆ and that slows your heart rate AND reduces muscle tension. ๐Ÿ˜ It helps battle depression and anxiety. ๐Ÿ“˜ It can help maintain brain function as you age AND reduce the risk of developing symptoms of Alzheimerโ€™s. ๐Ÿ“— Another study showed that reading a novel caused changes in the area of our brain having to do with cognitive development, opening up new pathways and connections. Not only that, but reading a novel can help you take a virtual vacation, and can also help you learn new things and open your mind to new thoughts and ideas! ๐Ÿ›Œ Hereโ€™s a sleep-saving tip: if you read at night and you normally have trouble falling asleep, reading a โ€œrealโ€ book vs. a book on a tablet might help. The light emitted from a screen can make it hard to fall asleep and/or stay asleep. ๐Ÿ“š Are you in? Let us know in the comments โ€ฆ and also let us know what youโ€™re reading! :)

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