Walk 10 minutes a day and increase your fitness level. No
pain, no gain. New studies show that even short bouts of activity
can increase your fitness level, especially if you're new
at working out.
Whenever you have an errand, park your car as far away as
you can handle and walk to the store. At the mall, park at
the farthest end and walk the length of the mall. Use every
opportunity to walk. At the end of the day, it all adds up
to better fitness.
Before you even get out of bed in the morning, do 10 stomach
crunches while lying flat on your mattress. Increase daily
by one until you get up to 100. Think you'll never get there?
Try it. You may eventually have to set your clock to wake
up 15 minutes earlier, a small price to pay for a flatter
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 kick-boxing.
Avoid the obvious such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty
meats. 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.
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.
(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 10 before losing your temper or
getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people when possible.
Your Seat Belt
Statistics show that seat belts add to longevity and help
alleviate potential injuries in car crashes.
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?
a Positive Mental Outlook
There's a definitive connection between living well and healthfully
and having a cheerful outlook on life.
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