. Reduce Stress
Easier said than done, stress busters come in many forms. Some
techniques recommended by experts are to think positive thoughts.
Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e.,Soak in a hot
tub; walk on the beach or in a park; read a good book; visit a
friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny
movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten
before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult
people when possible. Thought for the day: When seeing red, think
pink clouds….then float on them.
5 . Protect Yourself from Pollution
If you can't live in a smog-free environment, at least avoid
smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas, breathing in highway fumes
and exercising near busy thoroughfares. Exercise outside when the
smog rating is low. Exercise indoors in air conditioning when air
quality is good. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard. It's a good
pollution and dirt from the street deterrent. Thought for the day:
'Smoke gets in your eyes'…and your mouth, and your nose and your
lungs as do pollutants….hum the tune daily.
6. Wear Your Seat Belt
Statistics show that seat belts add to longevity and help
alleviate potential injuries in car crashes. Thought for the day:
Buckle down and buckle up.
7. Floss Your Teeth
Recent studies make a direct connection between longevity and
teeth flossing. Nobody knows exactly why. Perhaps it's because
people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people who
don't? Thought for the day: Floss and be your body's boss.
8. Avoid Excessive Drinking
While recent studies show a glass of wine or one drink a day (two
for men) can help protect against heart disease, more than that can
cause other health problems such as liver and kidney disease and
cancer. Thought for the day: A jug of wine should last a long time.
9. Keep a Positive Mental Outlook
There's a definitive connection between living well and
healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life. Thought for the
day: You can't be unhappy when you're smiling or singing.
10. Choose Your Parents Well
The link between genetics and health is a powerful one. But just
because one or both of your parents died young in ill health doesn't
mean you cannot counteract the genetic pool handed you. Thought for
the day: Follow these basic tips for healthy living and you can
better control your own destiny.