10 Essential Health Tips (The Basics to Practice Every Day)
1. Move More
Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move
your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators
or elevators. Walk your dog; chase your kids; toss balls with friends,
mow the lawn. Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness
tool, it's a stress buster. Think 'move' in small increments of time.
It doesn't have to be an hour in the gym or a 45-minute aerobic dance
class or tai chi or kickboxing. But that's great when you're up to it.
Meanwhile, move more. Thought for the day: Cha, Cha, Cha…. Then do it!
2. Cut Fat
Avoid the obvious such as fried foods, burgers
and other fatty meats (i.e. pork, bacon, ham, salami, ribs and
sausage). Dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and
cream should be eaten in low fat versions. Nuts and sandwich meats,
mayonnaise, margarine, butter and sauces should be eaten in limited
amounts. Most are available in lower fat versions such as substitute
butter, fat free cheeses and mayonnaise. Thought for the day: Lean,
mean, fat-burning machine…. Then be one!
3. Quit Smoking
The jury is definitely in on this verdict. Ever
since 1960 when the Surgeon General announced that smoking was harmful
to your health, Americans have been reducing their use of tobacco
products that kill. Just recently, we've seen a surge in smoking in
adolescents and teens. Could it be the Hollywood influence? It seems
the stars in every movie of late smoke cigarettes. Beware. Warn your
children of the false romance or 'tough guy' stance of Hollywood
smokers. Thought for the day: Give up just one cigarette…. the next
4. Reduce Stress
Easier said than done, stress busters come in
many forms. Some techniques recommended by experts are to think
positive thoughts. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e.,Soak
in a hot 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. Meditate. Count to ten
before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult
people when possible. Thought for the day: When seeing red, think pink
clouds….then float on them.
5. Protect Yourself from Pollution
If you can't live in a smog-free environment, at
least avoid smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas, breathing in
highway fumes and exercising near busy thoroughfares. Exercise outside
when the smog rating is low. Exercise indoors in air conditioning when
air quality is good. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard. It's a good
pollution and dirt from the street deterrent. Thought for the day:
'Smoke gets in your eyes'…and your mouth, and your nose and your lungs
as do pollutants….hum the tune daily.
6. Wear Your Seat Belt
Statistics show that seat belts add to longevity
and help alleviate potential injuries in car crashes. Thought for the
day: Buckle down and buckle up.
7. Floss Your Teeth
Recent studies make a direct connection between
longevity and teeth flossing. Nobody knows exactly why. Perhaps it's
because people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people
who don't? Thought for the day: Floss and be your body's boss.
8. Avoid Excessive Drinking
While recent studies show a glass of wine or one
drink a day (two for men) can help protect against heart disease, more
than that can cause other health problems such as liver and kidney
disease and cancer. Thought for the day: A jug of wine should last a
9. Keep a Positive Mental Outlook
There's a definitive connection between living
well and healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life. Thought
for the day: You can't be unhappy when you're smiling or singing.
10. Choose Your Parents Well
The link between genetics and health is a
powerful one. But just because one or both of your parents died young
in ill health doesn't mean you cannot counteract the genetic pool
handed you. Thought for the day: Follow these basic tips for healthy
living and you can better control your own destiny.