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Life hacks

Improve your life by following six simple tips from some of ECU’s best health, tourism and psychology experts.

Let it go, let it go

Letting go of an old grudge – or even forgiving the unthinkable – can lighten your soul and improve your health. Professor of Psychology Alfred Allan has devoted several decades to researching the impact of forgiveness and the power of apology. He says people who actively forgive experience less long-term distress and misery than those who do not.

Stay on track

To avoid falls, snake bites and getting lost, stick to the path when you visit national parks, says tourism researcher Dr Edmund Goh. He surveyed 325 visitors to national parks in Australia and found 30 per cent of respondents left designated paths to take an easier route or for a better view.

Go green for Popeye power

People who eat a diet high in nitrate-rich vegetables like spinach, lettuce and rocket had stronger muscles and better mobility in old age, according to research by Dr Marc Sim, in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Eat more fruit

Eating a Mediterranean diet could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by years. In particular, high fruit consumption offered the greatest protective effect, shows research by Dr Stephanie Rainey-Smith, from ECU's Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care.

Making face contact is okay

Using eye-tracking technology, psychology lecturer Dr Shane Rogers has found people don’t need to look mindfully at the eyes of their audience to be perceived as making ‘eye’ contact during face-to-face conversation. Simply gazing somewhere around the face will suffice.

Drink electrolytes after exercise

Drinking water containing electrolytes reduces your susceptibility to muscle cramps. Director of Exercise and Sports Science Professor Ken Nosaka’s study found that drinking pure water after exercise made muscles more prone to cramping, while drinking water containing electrolytes reduced the risk.

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