5 Activities You Should Do More Slowly


What's the rush? Instead of trying to fly through everything you do, take some time with these activities to really get the benefits.

In a recent feature from the October 2010 issue of Glamour magazine, they discussed three things you should be doing more slowly in order to gain the greatest benefit. We came up with 2 more. It's easy to develop a need for instant gratification in this day and age where we demand everything now. There are some activities though that require a bit more of a time commitment to be done well.

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  1. Dental Hygiene - 2 minutes. That's how long it's supposed to take you to get your teeth brushed. Dentist Dr. Howard Glazer, former president of the American Academy tells Glamour that people try to compensate for the time difference by brushing harder. "The thinking is that by scrubbing harder, you'll make up for not doing it as long. And that can wear away your tooth enamel, as well as your gums," he says.

  2. Hand Washing - According to the Soap and Detergent Association, 40 percent of Americans don't wash their hands for as long as they should. On their website, the Mayo Clinic says that after lathering the soap, you should scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, making sure to get every surface to properly clean your hands. Also, they point out that antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than regular soap and can even help the development of superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.

  3. Weight Lifting - Trainer Teddy Bass says that "lifting and lowering dumbbells too fast means that you use more momentum than muscle." If you want to get the most out of your workout, lift your weights and lower them more slowly to really work your muscles. Each motion should take you 3 seconds - 3 to lift and 3 to lower.

  4. Grocery Shopping - People believe that buying groceries from the store will provide better nutrition than other quick options like the fast food drive thru. However, if you try to breeze through your shopping and fail to read the labels, you may not be getting any benefit at all. Nutritionist Ashley Koff says, "Quick-grab foods like frozen dinners and packaged snacks are often highly processed and loaded with sugar and salt." Take the time to research your purchases to get the most from shopping.

  5. Eating - It takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal from your stomach that you're full. When you scarf down a burger and fries in 10 minutes, you can be overeating without even knowing it. Eating more slowly can help you to lose weight and improve digestion.

Taking time out can be a good thing. Many doctors recommend taking time to meditate and relax to manage stress and you need to get enough sleep every night. So while you might want to rush everything, improved time management can help you find the time you need to take your time and go slow on occasion.