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Sep 15

Healthy Tips for a Healthier You

Are we so busy racing through our day that we do not take time to look after ourselves? There is a song by Alabama that I really like. It’s got a line that says “I’m in a hurry to get things done. I rush and rush until lifes no fun… I’m in a hurry and don’t know why” It’s really no wonder that so many of us are tired and run down.

What are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life?

In our fast-paced society, it is easy to neglect our overall health and wellness. We’re so busy racing through our days – family, friends, work, social engagements – that we don’t take the time to look after ourselves. No wonder our society is so tired. Energy drinks sales are soaring. 7 out of 10 people I see in the morning on the way in to work either have some sort of energy drink or coffee or even the dreaded Starbucks cup in hand. There are some very simple things we can do to improve our quality of life.

First – Drink! Drink! and Drink again…
But watch what you are ingesting. You know it… we all do. We need to drink water more. Let me say that one more time – drink more water!

The human body is 72% water.

Did you know that a 5% drop in fluids creates a 25-30% loss in energy.

How about this one? With a 15% drop in fluids, it causes death!

Statistics show that 66% of our society isn’t drinking enough water. I’m betting it’s even higher than that. Ok so we now have over half of the population running around thirsty… They are off to a bad start even before other factors like stress, bad air, poor food choices, and lack of movement take their toll.

It’s not really a difficult thing to remedy. Just drink one glass of water every half hour or so – or 10-12 glasses of water per day. You will be amazed at what this simple step can do for you. We have heard the old addage that you need 8 glasses of water a day. That’s not correct. Take your weight and divide it by 2. Whatever the result is how many ounces of water you need a day to help keep you hydrated. Just adding this water to your body will help you boost your energy levels.

Ok – Next we need to be more active. With so many things that are keeping us sitting, we need to make a mental note to get up and get active. TV with hundreds of channels along with video on demand, and thousands of series available on dvds…it makes it easy to sit and be a couch potato. Get off the couch! Walk a little.

Even if you are just getting up and walking out to the mailbox… or parking a little further at work so that you have to walk a little more. Every bit of walking is making you get a little more active. And when you get active, you are burning more calories.

If you want to start a walking routine, I’ve heard that just starting out with five minutes a day for two weeks will help to get you in shape some. Try that for 14 days – every day and no more than just the five minutes. For the next two weeks, go seven minutes… then ten minutes… adding a few minutes every week or two will help you build up a routine. Of course, always check with your family doc to see what’s best for you. Every person is different and we want to make sure everyone is healthy enough to do this. I’ve seen the show “Biggest Loser” a few times. I see how hard those guys and ladies are pushed running on the treadmills until they just fall. Just keep in mind, they have a staff of doctors there watching and ensuring they are all OK. So… don’t try that at home :-) The whole point is to start getting active. There are programs on smart phones to help even. I use Lose It on the iphone to track my weight, my food and my exercise. It’s been a great help just to be able to track what calories I’m taking in and how many I’m burning.

Would you agree that our food today is less in nutrients than it used to be? Why is that? We are getting food from much further locations today. Sometimes, the fruit and veggies are picked so early that all the nutrients are just not there. Other times, we have so over used our soil that it just can’t supply the amount of nutrition needed. Regardless of the reasons, the facts show that we just do not get what’s needed with our diets. Even if we eat exact portions recommended, our bodies would not get the amount of nutrition needed. Supplements can help with this. Know what’s in them if you are going to use them. All vitamins are NOT created equal.

Another way to get more veggies and fruits is to use one of the popular juicers and create your own healthy drinks. You want a good juicer though, not one that just rips the nutrients out before you get a chance to drink them. I got one of the cheap juicers from my local super center and it worked fairly good. I noticed the first day that more was being dropped into the pulp container than in the juice container. But hey – I found that I could eat celery easily when apples were added to the mix. But I digress… this is an option that may be good for you. There are also health drinks that have several servings of fruits and vegetables. Just watch your sodium, sugar and other additives when you check them out.

Sleep – Getting enough sleep can help you lead a more healthy life as well. When we don’t get enough sleep, it stresses our bodies.

With these few ideas, you can be on the way to living a healthier life. My hope is that these are things that you already knew but just needed to be reminded of to get you motivated a little. And what are you doing? you are sitting at your PC reading. Glad you are… but get up and get a glass of water. Walk around the house a few times and come back and enjoy the internet.

One last item – Find something to laugh at every day.

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