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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ABC's of Health

A is for Accountability – share your health goals and find a partner. Research shows that people who do it together reach their goals twice as fast.

B is for Breathe – take deep breaths and sigh out to increase intake of oxygen and release stress

C is for Chew your food properly. Savor and enjoy every bite. Don’t hurry or multi-task. It’s essential for digestion. Your stomach will thank you.

D is for Drink water and stay hydrated. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water.

E is for Eat whole foods. Preferably plant-based. 

F is for Fresh air and sunlight – Just 10 to 15 minutes a day before 12 pm and after 3 pm can improve your mood, your sleep and reduce risk of cancer

G is for Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is linked to hormonal imbalances, weight gain/ obesity and increased stress. Get 6-8 hours of good quality sleep.

H is for Have fun, physical activity. Do something you enjoy that is healthy. Dancing, hiking, walking, yoga, etc.

I is for Incentive. Download a free app that rewards you for exercising like Charity Miles, Nexercise, Pact, etc (bonus from me).  

J is for Join an online support group like ExerciseFriends, Meetup or SparkPeople (bonus from me).

K is for Kick your bad habits – Do you drink alcohol or soda? Do you smoke? Do you like desserts? Cut back or stop (bonus from me).

L is for Look at the bright side. Laugh. Studies show that laughter stretches muscles, burns calories and produces a natural energy booster (

M is for Make time for yourself. Go on a retreat or a vacation (bonus from me).

N is for Nature walk. Go to a State or National Park. Enjoy nature  (bonus).

O is for One day at a time and one thing a day. If you feel overwhelmed, just do one thing better each day (bonus).

P is for Persistence. Studies show it takes 21 days to form a new habit (bonus).

Q is for Quiet time. Meditate and pray.

R is for Replace bad habit with a good one. If you like to smoke or snack on junk food, chew sugarless gum instead (bonus).

Adapted from Lisa’s Top 10 Health Tips for Greater Vibrant Health

Hope to see you at the Women's Expo. Ingrid 
(Former member of Let's Move West L.A.)

1 comment:

  1. I always fail to do C. Haha! I can't help myself.