Monday, January 12, 2015

Staying healthy in 2015 and Beyond

When the new year arrives, most of us make our resolutions. The majority of us resolve to loose weight and the pounds added during the holiday celebrations with friends, co-workers and family.  More important to include in our resolutions should be to stay healthy.

The following are simple ways to stay and keep healthy:

Daily walks,
Take your smart phone with you but, enjoy nature, observe your neighborhood, flowers, trees and nature. It helps you relax, takes the stress away and also helps you stay limber,  improves cardio, builds stamina and you lose/burn calories.

Drink More Water
Drink at least 8 cups per day. Reach for a large cup or a bottle of water, juice, milk, and other fluids (except alcohol) when you have the urge to snack. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of our body fluids. It helps control calories, helps energize muscles, helps keep skin looking good, helps kidneys, and helps maintain normal bowel function.

Eat More whole grain food and bean
Grains, especially whole grains, are an essential part of a healthy diet. All types of grains are good sources of complex carbohydrates and some key vitamins and minerals. Grains are also naturally low in fat. All of this makes grains a healthy option. Better yet, they've been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and other health problems. (Mayo Clinic).

Wash Hands, often!
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. It helps eliminate bacteria,  and helps stop the spread of virus that goes around in classrooms, offices, etc.

Get Enough Sleep
We need 7 to 8 hours sleep to recharge our bodies, rejuvenate our memory process and energize our nervous and immune system.

Smile and Laugh
Smile and you get it back. Laugh with your spouse, your friends, family members, and co-workers. Laughing helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure, boost the immune system, improves brain function.  Work environment is pleasant with everybody in a good mood and feeling good. Spread happiness in 2015.

Send flowers
Send flowers to someone you really care, they will enjoy the flowers and know they are loved. The surprise of receiving flowers will make them smile and happy.

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