Daily Archives: October 6, 2015

Healthy Habit Tips for All Ages!

It doesn’t matter if you are young or old– incorporating the following “healthy habits” into your life can save you lots of needeless medical expenses in the long run and prolong your life, and offer you a better chance of having a good “quality of life”… these are simple things you can do to make a healthier you!

  1. Have 2 kinds of fruits a day: juice, fruit in your cereal or oatmeal, fresh fruit with a meal, or a fruit salad.
  2. Eat 1 vegetable with lunch and 1 vegetable with dinner.
  3. Take a multi-purpose vitamin daily.
  4. Take a minimum of a 30 minute walk each day.
  5. Don’t smoke or if you do smoke, quit. Your doctor can help you quit if you do.
  6. Lift small weights while watching TV. If you don’t have small dumbells, then use canned fruit or veggies. Then when your done, eat them, lol.
  7. Limit your alcohol consumption to one or two per day. Ideally, don’t drink at all. If you have a drinking problem seek help with your doctor.
  8. Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. If you have trouble sleeping, then exercise more during the day.
  9. Get a flu shot every autumn. This is especially important for people under the age of 3 and over the age of 50.
  10. Practice a relaxtion technique daily such as massage, meditation, biofedback or self-hypnosis. A doctor can offer tips if you don’t know how.
  11. Spend more quality time with friends and family. Try to laugh more by reading a good book or watch a funny movie. A good recommendation for books is any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. They are all feel good books with positive messages.
  12. If someone tells you to “lighten up” then listen to them and do so.
  13. Get a dog or cat. Studies have shown that a pet can offer more “positive” endorphines into your system improving your overall well being.
  14. Get involved in a program that helps others less fortunate than yourself.
  15. Enjoy a healthy sex life. If you don’t have a partner, then pleasure yourself. This, too, releases more “positve” endorphines into your system and it also burns calories! (this tip is for adults.. not meant for anyone under the age of 18)
  16. Become aware of your spiritual side. Attend church or pray daily.
  17. Count your blessings… just being aware of all your life has to offer and it’s blessings is always a good thing.
  18. Indulge yourself… in a hobby or by doing something you have always wanted to do. Take that trip you have always wanted… buy that special item that caught your eye…. do something you enjoy doing for the pleasure of doing it.
  19. Take the time to learn something new everyday. A new word, or learning anything you didn’t know about before. Feed your mind as it, too, can get hungry.
  20. Keep up with your personal hygiene and grooming. Take a daily bath or shower. Keep your nails trimmed. Wash your face and brush your teeth. Launder your dirty clothes. For some of us this is the everyday norm, but for others it’s something they don’t do and it’s something that NEEDS to be done to stay healthy.

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5 Tips For Healthy Skin

Don’t have time for intensive skin care? You can still pamper yourself by acing the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats.

2. Don’t smoke

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

3. Treat your skin gently

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

  • Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

4. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Also, drink plenty of water. Water hydrates your skin and helps heal skin problems faster and prevents early aging.

5. Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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Educational Wellness by Wellness Interactive Inc

It’s hard to embark on a healthy journey when your family is still eating donuts and swigging soda. But how do you get them to embrace a healthier future? While it’s best that they get on board with you and learn how to make healthy choices, sometimes you just need to sneak it past them.

Eat Together

If you eat breakfast and dinner together every night, you know what they’re eating and in what portions. It connects you as a family and helps you teach important lessons, like mindful eating, that eliminate overeating.

Play Together

From playing tag to hopscotch, there are a number of small ways to add more exercise into your day. Ride bikes, go rollerblading, swim, or even create an obstacle course in your back yard and see who can achieve the fastest time. The best thing about this sort of activity is that it’s fun too.

Limit Screen Time

Without going into the development of young brains and the effects screen time has on them, it suffices to say that most screen time is not active time. Sure the Wii and other video games have tried to incorporate movement into their games, but when was the last time you broke a sweat doing playing them? Limit the screen time and increase the outdoor playtime.

Use the Car Less

If you’re close enough to walk or bike to school, the grocery store, or other places you need to go, do so. You’ll be saving gas and doing your part for the environment but also for your own health as well.

Be a Good Example

If you’re encouraging your kids to be more active, becoming a role model for them is important. Kids emulate what they see. If they see mom or dad taking on a physical challenge or giving up something unhealthy like soda, they’re more apt to do the same, not because it’s healthier but because they want to be more like you.

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