Tips to Keep You Healthy All Year

by Jackie on January 19, 2014

Say no to seconds. Drink lots of water. When it comes to dessert, go for fresh fruit. And if you’re eating out, take home half of your meal to enjoy later.  These are just a few easy tips that will help you improve your health, read on and learn more easy steps you can take to be healthier this year!


Plan a Reward System

Humans thrive on positive reinforcement, so why not reward yourself for achieving your benchmarks? This could include a massage, a night of indulgence or maybe a fun weekend getaway.


Raise the Bar

Establishing a new you means willingly accepting new challenges. The only way to cross that hurdle is to try. The worst that can happen is temporary failure, which should provide motivation to continue improving. Get it done!


Get Some ZZZZs

Resolve to get on a regular sleep schedule, avoid caffeine and long daytime naps, exercise regularly and keep stress in check.


Track Your Progress

Try using a fitness trackers for logging information about summer workouts are getting smarter — and cheaper — all the time. The typical tracker now costs less than a month’s fee at a fitness club. One model about to hit the market not only measures how many steps you take and how well you sleep but also recognizes more than 100 different exercises; it also measures your heart rate and blood oxygen level and tabulates how many calories you burn.


Eat the Right Foods to Increase Immunity Naturally

With flu season at its peak, these seven foods may help keep you healthy: almonds (antioxidant vitamin E); black-eyed peas (a good source of zinc); carrots (vitamin A helps fight respiratory infections); mushrooms (selenium wards off flu); tea (green or black has powerful antioxidants); tomatoes (vitamin C); yogurt (probiotics).


Wear a Pedometer

New research suggests that routinely wearing a pedometer encourages people to walk about an extra mile each day, lose weight, and lower their blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk walking and a total of 10,000 steps per day.


Eat More Fish

The evidence is strong that the oils in darker types of fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring, are beneficial for the heart and brain and may even lower risk of cancer.


Don’t Diet, Eat Right

If you’re hungry, you’re more likely to overeat, especially in the evening. Instead, of sacrificing all day and gorging later, it’s better to eat enough during the day to avoid hunger pangs and uncontrolled eating at night. Eat every four hours or so, and make sure to eat a “second lunch” — think of it as another meal rather than a snack — in the mid-afternoon to keep your energy up and make you less hungry in the evening.


“Budget” Your Calories Throughout the Day

Divide your calories out across the day to keep yourself from getting too hungry during the day.



Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I'm a fitness nut. I know what you're thinking, one of these people who has never been fat a day in her life, and can eat whatever she wants. The truth is I struggled with my weight growing up and lived in a household where everything seemed to be fried. Once I got away from home I realized I had the choice to eat and exercise how I wanted. I've gained a lot of insight into working as a personal trainer, and feel I can relate to others that were in my situation. I think if I can do it then you can to, and if you want to start kicking butt then hop on board and lets get started.

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