10 Essential Health Tips

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 is a stress buster. Think ‘move’ in small increments of time. It does not have to be an hour in the gym. But that is great when you are up to it.

2. Cut fat
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.

3. Quit smoking
Smoking is obviously injurious to health and to our economy. There are too many complications of smoking and there are lots of public awareness programmes. But still the number of smokers is alarmingly high.

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., read a good book; visit a friend; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie.) Count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people when possible.

 

5.Protect yourself from pollution
If you cannot 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. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard. It is a good pollution and dirt from the street deterrent.

6. Wear your seat belt
Statistics show that seat belts add to longevity and help alleviate potential injuries in car crashes. 7. Floss your teeth recent studies make a direct connection between longevity and teeth flossing. Nobody knows exactly why. Perhaps it is because people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people who don’t?

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.

9. Keep a positive mental outlook.
There is a definitive connection between living well and healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life. Thought for the day: You cannot be unhappy when you are 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 does not mean you cannot counteract the genetic pool handed you.

Courtesy: health-fitness-tips.com and The daily star

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