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Plants are also a great hobby to relax
Fresh cut flowers and potted plants can light up a room, but did you know that adding a little greenery to your home could also help you limit exposure to substances that can be harmful for your health? There are...
Prepare questions before visiting the doctor
Sometimes doctor’s appointments are intimidating and we don’t speak up. Below are five questions to ask about maintaining a healthy heart to help keep you proactive about your well-being. What are my cholesterol levels? You should have a cholesterol test every five years after age 20. There are different targets for good and bad cholesterol. By understanding your results, you can monitor your lifestyle to lower risk of heart disease. What do my blood pressure results mean? Your blood pressure consists of a higher (systolic) and lower (diastolic) pressure. Normal results can vary from person to person, between young and old. Speak to your doctor about your ideal range and...
Napping is good for your heart
Everyone loves the chance to nap and now you have a great reason—napping could reduce risks of heart disease by helping to lower blood pressure. In countries where having a siesta is customary, levels of heart disease are also reduced. Napping allows your body some recuperation time and recharges brain neurons. Your creative juices will be bubbling after a short nap. We all think clearer when well-rested. Having a nap is like stepping away from a situation and returning with new insight. If you regularly work or study late into the night, taking a nap can get your system back on kilter. Sleep deprivation affects our metabolism, cell reparation and...
You can volunteer by helping the elderly shop for groceries
Volunteering is a commitment many of us put off for the future. We might not realize that the benefits of volunteering touch our own lives as much as the people we help. Time is the main hurdle to volunteering. We imagine that becoming a volunteer requires a long-term commitment. Recruiters and organizers understand we lead busy lives. You can start by signing up for a one-off fundraising event and then decide how long and how often you can help—from once a month to once a week. Another option is on-line volunteering. You could help people by providing expert advice (like legal guidance) over the phone. You could even help an...
Reading labels is healthy
Lowering your cholesterol comes down to embracing healthy habits that eventually become second nature. Like Pavlov’s dog who would start to salivate when the dinner bell rang, we can hone our reflexes to help us live healthier lives and make it easy to get back on track if we stray. Know your BMI Your body mass index uses height and weight to determine what your personal ratio should be for ultimate health. Know your healthy BMI measurement and how clothes fit you at that weight. When the belt starts to get a little tight, you’ll automatically know to indulge less and up your activity level. Eat healthy Make better food...
To-do list
Eat better. Work out. Do yoga. Breathe slowly. Get more sleep. These are all great suggestions for helping to reduce stress in our lives. But did you know that something as simple as getting organized and keeping track of your tasks in the form of a “to do” list can actually help keep you healthier, happier and less stressed? It’s true, and there’s no better time to pick up good habits than at the start of a fresh year. According to a 2008 article in the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource, keeping track of what you have to do by writing it down will help keep the burden of remembering off...
hand sanitizer
Whether you carry it in your purse, have it in your gym bag or locker or keep a bottle on your desk at work, chances are you’ve relied on hand sanitizer at one time or another to get the job done, especially if hand washing wasn’t an option. But it almost seems too easy—just one or two pumps of hand sanitizer and we’re germ-free? Turns out it’s not just fancy marketing—hand sanitizers actually can help reduce the spread of viruses and harmful bacteria. That’s especially good to know if you have small children in day care or in school. A new study, lead in part by researchers at the University of...