10 tips to make you healthier and happier this year


Get a grip on safety by adding stylish grab bars, tread strips, and shower chairs.

With busy schedules and lifestyles, keeping your mind, body and soul healthy can be a major challenge. However, don?t let the hectic pace of life keep you from living yours to the fullest.

There are simple steps you can take that will leave you feeling energetic and upbeat. Consider these 10 tips to help you live a happy, healthy, safe and balanced life.

1. Get physical. Exercise not only helps you build muscle and lose weight, giving you more self-confidence, but it?s vital in maintaining a healthy heart. And don?t think you need to spend hours at the gym to achieve a new physical you.

From strength training and cardio workouts, to walking the dog or taking the stairs?anything that gets your heart pumping will benefit your health.

2. Stress is a mess. Over time, stress can lead to serious health issues such as obesity, depression and even death. When you start seeing red, instead think blue, as in blueberries. Anti?oxidants found in the tasty fruit fight stress hormones.

Also, don?t forget to breathe. Inhaling a deep breath for five seconds, then exhaling for another five seconds, can help clear your mind and enhance blood circulation.

3. Get a grip on safety. Think bath safety products are just for older generations? Think again. With wet, hard surfaces, the bathroom is your home?s biggest danger zone.

So, get a grip on safety by adding a few stylish and safe products to your ensemble, such as grab bars, tub grips, bathtub tread strips, shower chairs or transfer benches.

4. LOL (Laugh out loud). Build your immune system through laughter. Health-increasing hormones, such as endorphins, are released through your body when you laugh.

Additionally, laughter works your abdominal muscles and boosts your state of mind. Web sites such as www.FunLOL.com can be a quick fix for a downer day.

5. Eat healthy. We know we should eat healthy, and with new online tools it?s a no-brainer. The new MyPyramid program, www.MyPyramid.gov, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, allows you to choose the ideal proportions of foods and food groups to eat according to your body size and structure.

6. Get plenty of Zzzzzz?s. Between work, family and extra activities, it?s sometimes difficult to get the necessary six to eight hours of sleep per night. Be sure to avoid caffeine or exercise right before bed. Instead try reading a book or meditating.

And, if you still need extra help to unwind, Bath and Body Works offers the Aromatherapy Sleep Collections, featuring chamomile bath salts and a warm milk and honey pillow spray to aid in a good night?s rest.

7. What?s up, Doc? Going to the doctor only when you?re sick isn?t going to cut it. For both your physical and mental well-being, it?s wise to have a routine annual physical examination. Especially if your family has a history of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, getting regular check-ups can help prevent or detect serious health issues.

8. Yoga-ta do it. Yoga, an ancient practice of stretching and breathing techniques, has become a popular exercise for both men and women.

In addition to releasing positive energy, yoga prevents injuries, promotes flexibility and can add relief to a stressful day. In fact, according to the book, ?Real Men Do Yoga,? PGA golfer David Duval practices yoga every day.

So, if it?s good enough for professionals, it may be an excellent addition to your weekly stress-relief routine.

9. S.O.S. (Save Our Skin). As the largest organ of the human body, your skin?s health is vital. Luckily caring for your protective layer can be easy and enjoyable. Try a trip to the spa, or even create a spa at home.

There?s no better way to start your day than with an invigorating, spa-like shower. Try a multi-function showerhead, such as Moen?s Inspire showerhead at Lowe?s, that will envelope you in a variety of massaging or refreshing sprays.

Finish off your pampering shower with your favorite body cream to lock moisture in your skin.

10. Your right for recreation. You schedule meetings and appointments each week, so why not schedule time for recreation? Be sure to set aside time each week for activities you enjoy. Whether it?s dinner with family and friends, or taking the phone off the hook and curling up with a good book, be sure to block out time on your calendar with activities that you enjoy and will rejuvenate you.

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It doesn?t take a radical change in your behavior to start living a healthier lifestyle. By following these simple tips, you?ll be on the road to a happy, healthy, safe and balanced life.

?Courtesy of ARAcontent


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