Wednesday, May 26, 2010

10 Tips to Improve Your Health

1. Get some exercise every day.

  • Buy a Pedometer and make sure you walk 10,000 steps daily
  • Take daily walks
  • Use the stairs
  • Park further away

2. Eat Healthy

  • Lean protein and 2 colors at each meal (fruits/vegetables)
  • Make sure you eat breakfast (prevents mindless nibbling throughout day and prevents overeating at lunch)

3. Stop Smoking – or don’t start

  • We now have several options to help you quit smoking
  • Set Quit date

4. Drink Plenty of Water daily (unless you have a fluid restriction)

5. Get 7-8 hours of Sleep Nightly

6. Floss daily

  • Lots of data suggesting unhealthy gums increases inflammation markers and can lead to poor health.

7. Keep your Brain Active

  • Complete crossword puzzles
  • Participate in discussions and forums
  • Stay aware of what is going on in the world

8. Get a Hobby

  • Arts/crafts
  • Blogging
  • Gardening
  • Restoring Cars
  • Decorating
  • Healthy cooking
  • Record collections/Music

9. Reduce Stress

  • Think Positive
  • Spend 30 minutes a day doing something YOU like (visit a friend, read a book, play with your dog, listen to soothing music, get a facial, massage, meditate)
  • Exercise
  • Laugh more

10. Make small goals and reward yourself when meeting them

  • Example: make a goal to complete at least 7 of the 10 tips daily for one month. When you meet this goal reward yourself with a new workout outfit, CD, new tennis shoes, massage, personal trainer session, etc
  • Example: For every 20 sessions of exercise you complete reward yourself

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