1) Go outside and go for a walk at least once a week. Walking is safe and simple. If you usually workout on a treadmill, take your workout outside once in a while. The fresh air and sunshine will improve your mood. The exercise will help you lose weight and lower blood pressure. Of course you should check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
2) Clean out your medicine cabinet. Dispose of the expired medicine safely by returning it to the pharmacy. Most pharmacies will dispose of the medicine for free.
3) Try meditation. Mediation can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and improve your overall health. There are many websites that can give you pointers on getting started with meditation.
4) Drink plenty of water. Experts agree that people should drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day. Being dehydrated can cause fatigue, headaches, constipation, muscle cramp and kidney problems. Getting enough water is easy, and free!
5) Go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier. Sleep allows our bodies to restore what is lost while we are awake. The body repairs and rejuvenates itself during sleep. You will feel better, be more alert and have more energy if you are well rested. Studies have shown that people who get inadequate sleep have higher incidence of chronic inflammation. This can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
6) Cut down on portion sizes. Everyone is looking for that quick fix diet. By simply eating a smaller portion, you cut calories and still eat the foods that you like.
7) Check out your local library for exercise videos. You can try out something new like yoga or palates for free! Of course you should check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Try eating one or two meatless meals a week. This can save you both money and calories. Try a black bean burger instead of the high fat version. As reported by Ralph W Moss, in the January 18, 2004 Cancer Decisions newsletter, ” Beans Against Cancer ” when “USDA scientists analyzed the colored seed coats of twelve different types of beans, they found that these legumes contained many of the same antioxidants (such as anthocyanins) that are also found in pricier berries and fruits, and also in wine.” Also, beans have a low glycemic index and are high in fiber.
9) Get together with friends and family. Studies have shown that people who are isolated tended to have suppressed immune systems. “We’ve seen again and again that people who are lonely or socially isolated show signs of suppressed immunity,” says Ohio State University immunologist Ronald Glaser.
10) Wear your seat belt. This is the easiest and most effective way to avoid being seriously injured in an accident. According to the CDC, “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those age 5-34 in the U.S.1 More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip.”