Looking for easy ways to get healthier? We've put together some of the best health sense tips to help you feel better, look better and live better.
Eat Throughout the Day
Eat throughout the day so that you're constantly satisfied. The less you eat, the more likely you are to sink into starvation mode and make your body want to store fat.
Sneak in Exercise
Keep a set of medium-weight dumbbells by your bed. Do a couple of reps when you wake up and at night before bed. Meanwhile, put a stationary bike in front of your TV and only watch while pedaling.
Take a Nap
Sleep 45 minutes or less to avoid entering into deep sleep, when you may awaken feeling groggy, or sleep about 2 hours to sleep through an entire sleep cycle. Either way, you'll awaken refreshed.
Take a Breath
Deep breathing raises levels of blood oxygen, promoting health in many ways — from stimulating the digestive process to improving fitness and mental performance.
Know Your Blood Pressure
Approximately 1 in 4 Americans has high blood pressure. Nearly 1/3 don't even know it! Maintaining your blood pressure can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke so get tested.
Have a Laugh
Make laughter a part of your life. It exercises the lungs and lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. And remember, laughter can be contagious. Pass it on!
In the grocery store, stick to the outer perimeter. That's where you'll find fresh fruit, veggies, dairy products, fish and meats, and usually whole grains and breads. Avoid the aisles, which are full of processed foods.
Boost Your Energy
Energy and exercising are best friends. One feeds the other and keeps you going in a positive cycle of health and well-being. Avoid large heavy meals, and keep those dinners light and before 8 p.m. when you can. You'll feel more energized in the morning.
Taking classes, reading, taking up a hobby or playing board games can keep your mind strong.
Partnering with another person is a great way to quit smoking. They know what you're going through and can offer support and even a spirit of competition to help you kick the habit.
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