Stay young and healthy!

This month’s Self magazine (which I love) had another great article about secrets to staying young and healthy. I thought I would post some of the top things every woman/man needs to do to have a healthy and happy life. All of these tips are easy things everyone can do and should know about their bodies anyway in order the live the most fulfilling life possible.

Exercise at least 2.5 hours a week– that’s only 30 minutes, 5 days a week. And scrubbing your house and dancing in the living room counts as exercise people!

Waist circumference needs to be less than 35 inches– this is VERY important. Measure it right now, if it is over 35, start doing some cardio! Also eating things like avocados and yogurt can help shrink bloat and tummy fat.

Cholesterol level needs to be less that 200/mg– if you don’t know what your cholesterol levels are, go donate some blood. They will test it, and you could also be saving someone’s life. A Win Win.

Eat at least 25g of fiber a day– whole grains (breads, rice, whole grain pasta), fruits, veggies, legumes all have great sources of fiber- but watch out for the sugar and salt contents on some prepackaged foods.

Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night

Get a pet!- it is reported that cat owners have a 40% lower risk of dying from a heart attack than non-owners. Pets help with loneliness, depression and walking a dog is great exercise!

Take antioxidant supplements

Wear a seatbelt- every time you get into the car

Limit sodium to less than 2500/mg a day

No more than 50g of sugar a day (which is about 200 calories worth)- most American consumer 25 teaspoons a day (eww!) by drinking sodas, fruit juices, etc. It doesn’t matter if it is natural sugar, sweet n low or high fructose corn syrup, read the labels and monitor how much sugar you are ingesting.

Limit alcohol to no more than 1 a day– and no that doesn’t mean saving it all for the end of the week and drinking 2 bottles of wine. Yes moderate alcohol intake has been shown to lower heart disease, but too much has been linked to breast cancer. Everything in moderation!

Don’t smoke– duh!

That’s it! See it is not that hard to get/stay healthy. Just do something.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Darla on July 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I am putting this where I can look at it everyday and start trying to take care of myself.


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