- Exercise regularly!
Every day find new ways to move your body. Use the stairs rather than an escalator or elevator. Walk your dog , chase your kids, play ball with friends, do some gardening. Anything that moves your limbs is a fitness tool and is also a stress buster. Think ‘move’ in every small increments of time. It doesn’t have to be an hour in the gym or a 45-minute cardiovascular class or body pump or kickboxing. Move more and feel better!
- Reduce that extra fat!
Don’t eat the obvious fat in your diet such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty meats. Eat dairy products like cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream low fat versions. Nuts and sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine, butter and sauces should be eaten in limited amounts and even then in their low fat versions. Now a days when everyone is concious about themselves, most of the above mentioned food items are available in lower fat versions also.
- Reduce your stress!
Stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques recommended by experts are: think positive thoughts, spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like, exercise is a great stress reducer, Soak your feet in a luke warm water tub, walk on the beach or in a park, read a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Practice Meditation. Count to ten before losing your temper . Avoid difficult people when possible.
- Quit Smoking!
Ever since 1960 when it was announced that smoking was harmful to your health, people have been reducing their use of tobacco products. Just recently, there is a surge in smoking in adolescents and teens. Warn your children of the false romance or ‘tough guy’ image of smokers. Find ways to quit smoking hypnosis, support groups and even prescription medicine such as Zyban is available to help you to quit your smoking habit.
- Reduce exposure to pollution!
Not everyone can live in a smog-free environment, but we can all avoid smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas, breathing in highway fumes and exercising near busy thoroughfares. Exercise outside when the smog rating is low (especially early morning hours).. Exercise indoors in air conditioning where air quality is good. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard. It’s a good pollution deterrent. If you ride a bicycle in traffic, where a small pollution mask over your mouth and nose.
- Go safe in every trip!
Statistics show that the wearing of seat belts add to longevity and help alleviate potential injuries in car crashes. So wear your seatbelts and drive at a speed that keeps you and others sitting with relaxed.
- Don’t Drink too Much Alcohol!
It is true that a glass of wine or one drink a day (two for men) can help protect against heart disease, more alcohol than that, or binge drinking on a night out, can cause other serious health problems such as liver and kidney disease and cancer.
- Floss Your Teeth!
Harvard Medical School studied longevity and found one of the most important contributing factors was daily flossing! Flossing and brushing your teeth daily can make your RealAge as much as 6.4 years younger. These studies make a direct connection between longevity and teeth flossing. Perhaps it is because people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people who don’t.
- Maintain a positive mental outlook!
There’s a definitive connection between living well and healthily and having a cheerful outlook on life. Yes, keep on smiling and laughing!
- Love your parents!
The link between genetics and health is a powerful one. You can’t pick your parents, but just because one or both of your parents died young in ill health doesn’t mean you can’t counteract the genetic pool handed you. So follow the first 9 tips above.
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