10 Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

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Here’s your dose of health tips from 2012. 
These tips are neither in particular order nor may it be applicable to everyone. But some would find it a useful information to enhance your daily routine. “Nothing is more fulfilling than knowing you’re in the best shape!”

Kill the Habit
Even if you say that you only light a smoke occasionally, you’re doing irreparable damage to your body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking kills one in five people in the US each year, yet it’s the most preventable cause of death.


Eat The Yummiest
Believe it or not, you can enjoy the food you like (any and all of them! IN MODERATION assuming you’re not allergic to that specific food). The key to a good diet is to allow yourself a treat every once and a while. If you eat chocolate every day, it may not taste nearly as good if you eat it only at the end of the week as a reward for an entire week of healthy eating!


Know Your Numbers
If you don’t know your HDL from your LDL, you’re not giving your body what it deserves. Knowing your cholesterol and blood sugar levels and having them checked regularly will help you make more educated decisions about your diet and what your goals are.


Regular Exercise
It is recommended to do 30 mins of aerobic exercise five days a week. It doesn’t mean that you have to join a gym for an intense training session, even a simple afternoon walk has a positive impact on your physical and mental health! But if you wish to either loose weight (fats) or gain mass on a gym, here are two tips by using weights:

  • To Say Goodbye to Fat: Concentrate on a fatty area and work on it by using a machine or any sort of weight lifting tool but remember to pick a lighter weight, not a heavy one. (LESS WEIGHT MORE REPETITIONS)
  • To Buff Up Muscles: Same scenario as above only that the weight should be a bit heavier and with lesser repetitions. (MORE WEIGHT LESS REPETITIONS)



Know Your Roots
Did your grandfather have cancer? did your grandmother have diabetes? It pays to know your family history and how it can affect your own health and wellness. A doctor once said: “I cannot express how important this is. It can totally change the screening guidelines for you,”

“For instance, a screening colonoscopy is done at 50 years old, but if your father had colon cancer at 49, then you must have a screening at 39! Not just cancers, but knowing family history of things like heart disease and diabetes — and keeping a record of it — will help your physician make the right decisions for your health.”


Tea instead of Latte
Pure green tea is full of antioxidants and also has weight-loss properties. So instead of having coffee or tea lattes, try this for a change. Once a day or twice a day would be preferable.



Ditch The Soda
Soda is not only a diet-spoiler, they’re liquid calories, it can also have a bad effect on your health. Some doctors say never to drink regular soda and some even prefer not to drink the diet soda either. If you must have the taste of soda, drink the diet kind. The amount of calories and high fructose corn syrup in regular sodea is quite high. The best advise is to replace the daily soda fix with some green tea instead.


Have an Annual Checkup
Some people disregard this rule because they’re simply feeling “OK” or simply scared to know the bad facts about their body. But it is really important for men and women of all ages to apply this rule. It may will save your life!


White or Wheat?
When it comes to diet, opt for foods that pack a nutritious punch. You don’t have to remove carbs completely, just choose the healthier kind. The key is to avoid white rice, white bread, and white pasta like it’s the plague! Instead, replace all “white” foods with their whole-wheat counterpart! White foods offer almost no nutritional value, and replacing these carbs with whole grains add vitamins and minerals to your diet. 



Flu Vaccine

As temperatures get chillier and people spend more time indoors, flu season sneaks in. Because the flu virus can infect the lungs, it can cause a serious complication like pneumonia — which can require hospitalization, even lead to death. That’s why certain people must get a flu shot.

October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but you can still get vaccinated in December or later. Flu season can start as early as October and last as late as May.
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