Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits
Staying healthy doesn't happen by accident. It's the product of healthy habits practiced everyday. This could mean opting for an apple instead of chips with lunch, limiting your TV time, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or setting health goals each month. Healthy living is a choice, and one that's easier to make than you think.

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    In general, you can improve your overall physical health by eating healthy foods (fruits, vegetables and lean meats), decreasing the amount of sugary foods and drinks in your diet, exercising regularly (at least 30 minutes five times a week, elevating your heart rate) and by taking any prescribed medication appropriately for any chronic health condition you may have. As for improving your emotional health and well-being, make sure you take time out for yourself and try to engage in activities you enjoy.
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    It can be hard to live a healthy lifestyle if we believe there are hard and fast rules to achieving it. When somebody tells us that we can reverse our habits with three apples, 20 minutes on the stair machine, four pills and a frighteningly green kale smoothie every day, we think, “Oh my word, I don’t have the energy to do all of that.” But the real secret isn’t an expert telling you what to do. It’s you finding what makes it easier and more fun for you to make healthy choices because you want to. To do that, it’s not about learning what makes your heart tick mechanically but what makes it beat deeply emotionally, psychologically.
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    About 30 million Americans work from home at least once a week, and that number is expected to keep going up. While this is great news for busy women who need more flexible schedules, it could present some challenges to your health if you're not careful.

    Consider these ways to stay healthy while you're working from home:
    • Set a schedule. Think of your work-from-home hours the same way you do office hours. Choose a start time, lunch break and finish time. Stick to them as closely as possible so you can maintain a healthy work-life balance.
    • Get up and move. Get up and stretch your body between periods of sitting. Stand up and walk around during conference calls or take an occasional break to stroll around the house, do a few stretches or lift some light hand weights. If you need to, set a timer to help you remember.
    • Stock up on healthy snacks and drinks. You might be tempted to eat whatever unhealthy foods you have in your kitchen when you're working from home, but don't do it. Instead, pack a bag full of healthy snacks as if you're headed into the office. Keep a water bottle handy to sip from throughout the day.
    • Plan a workout. The good thing about working from home is that your schedule is a bit more flexible. That means you can choose when to get in a good workout. Don't forget to get a good one in, whether it's before work, on your lunch break or after the work day is over.
    • Give your eyes a rest. It's not healthy for your eyes to be glued to a computer screen all day. Make time during every hour spent on your computer to close your eyes for a few minutes or look at something else to make sure you're not straining them.
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    Here are some tips to avoid sitting for too long while at home:
    • Make food at home. Move around the kitchen and get cooking!
    • While watching TV, get up and move around during commercials.
    • Clean up around the house. Afterwards, you’ll be glad you did!
    • When sitting, improve your posture by sitting up and straightening your back.
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    Dr. Michael Roizen - What is a health "do over"?
    A health "do over" is when we give ourselves permission to have a second chance with regard to our health. In this video, internal medicine specialist Michael Roizen, MD, explains the seven steps to follow that can help facilitate a health "do over."
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    • Take care of yourself: get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. If possible, avoid being around people who are sick.

    • Get a flu shot once a year in the fall.

    • Wash your hands often to prevent the spread of germs.
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    • Keep food covered and out of the bedroom.

    • Remove garbage from your house daily.

    • Keep counter tops and oven tops clean.

    • Set bait traps or use professional pest control services. Spray insecticides, but only when the person with asthma is out of the house.
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    A new study by researchers at Japan’s Hiroshima University has confirmed an earlier study that suggests that looking at cute photos, like puppies and babies, may help to improve your performance levels, when it comes to manual dexterity and speed at mental tasks. The cute images seem to promote more careful behavior, and help you, after viewing them, to narrow your focus when working on detailed projects. So maybe your computer screen saver should have a puppy, baby or other cute image!!
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    While we can't always get away to the white sand beaches and relax, we can create a bit of sanctuary right in our own homes to soothe our senses and melt away stress. Environmental psychologists studying sensory science believe that the environment you create can have a profound impact on your mood and attitude. The following are ways to turn your home into your sanctuary:
    • Make your space touchable with corduroy and fleece. In studies, these fabrics made subjects feel content.
    • De-clutter your open spaces. Chaos makes you anxious, so the more you organize your space, the calmer you will feel. Literally, out of sight is out of mind.
    • Green up with plants and views outside to lower your blood pressure.
    • Use jasmine, hyacinth, cinnamon, and peppermint scents to lower stress and boost your mood.
    • Fill the room with music. Your ears know the difference between noise and sound.
    • Make your room roomy. Use mirrors, minimize furniture, and light the ceiling to expand the feel of your room.
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