10 Tips to Living Longer, Healthier & Happier
It’s never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. Here are 10 tips to a longer, healthier, and happier life – start today!
Give the Couch a Rest
Want an easy energy boost? Turn off the TV and get off the couch. Whether you socialize, exercise, make dinner or play with your children, you’ll get more physical activity, mental stimulation and spiritual enrichment. Aim for at least 30mins of moderate physical activity every day.
Get Your Rest
Set up a relaxing bedroom environment. Follow a soothing routine before settling down to sleep…mange stress and exercise more. If sleep problems persist, talk to a health care provider.
Balance Work and Personal Time
The stretch between your career and personal life can be a major source of stress, both good and bad. Take time to recharge your batteries…make time to play. Use your vacation time and breaks, and leave work behind when you do. At least once a week turn off your electronic devices and spend time with people and activities for pure enjoyment.
Watch Dietary Fat
Saturated and Trans fats in the diet are major contributors to heart disease. Saturated fat is found in meat, full-fat dairy products and baked goods. Eat high-fat foods sparingly. Avoid harmful Trans fats found in margarines and processed foods.
Be Sun Smart
Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every time you go out. When in the sun for an extended period, cover up with long sleeves and a wide brimmed hat.
Drink More Water
Water makes up 60 percent of your body weight. Staying well hydrated reduces the likelihood of fatigue, headache and dry mouth. Drink even more fluids when you’re in warm weather and when you exercise.
Take precautions to keep yourself and others safe on the road. Don’t drive drowsy or after drinking alcohol or taking medication that might make you sleepy. Avoid talking on your cell phone and don’t text and drive. Follow the rules of the road, and slow down in bad weather.
Learn First Aid
Do you know how to respond in an emergency? You might save a life by learning techniques such as basic first aid, CPR, how to help someone who is choking, and how to use the automated external defibrillators (AED) located in many public places. Visit www.redcross.org to find courses in your area, and keep a well stock first aid kit in your home and vehicle – sterile gauze, adhesive tape, bandages, tweezers, scissors, antiseptic cream, disposable cold packs, and disposable gloves.
Give Back to Your Community
Studies show that people who help others live longer and healthier lives. So check on your elderly neighbor. Read books to children at your local library. Volunteer at a hospital. Get involved in your church community. When you give to others, you get a lot back.
Believe in Yourself
You set priorities for work and home projects. Why not set health goals? What’s more important than your well-being? Be honest about the health habits you need to change, and believe you can do it. Get the support you need for tough challenges. And be sure to celebrate your success towards a healthy lifestyle.