Top 10 Yoga Poses For Health Problems

1.Heal Migraines

Forward Virasana

Kneel with widened knees apart. Draw the shoulders forward past the ears. Lower the heart towards the earth. Tailbone lengthening back and down. Chin gently tucking in towards the chest, lengthening the back of the neck. If you like you can rest forehead (on a bolster).

2.Alleviate Anxiety

Ustrasana
Ustrasana can release stress and enhance circulation throughout your body. Proper blood circulation means more oxygen, which helps to heal the mind and body.

3.Fight Depression

Balasana (Child Pose)

Balasana helps calm your brain and relieves stress and anxiety. It gently stretches your lower back and hips, enabling your body to relax. Peace and calm prevail over your entire being, helping you deal with your depression better.

Balasana is considered as one of the most comfortable yoga poses. All you have to do is kneel and sit on your heels. Make sure your big toes touch each other. Keep your hands on your knees and spread your knees hip-width apart. Then, bend your torso forward, in between your divided thighs, with your face touching the ground. Bring your arms forward and place them on either side of your head, with the palms facing down. Be in this position for a few minutes.

4.Reignite Your Sex Life

Melting Heart Pose (Anahatasana)

The lower back and upper chest tend to become stiff easily and cause a lot of discomfort during sex. Physically, the melting heart pose lengthens and strengthens these areas. Energetically, it helps remove energy stagnation in the Heart meridian, which is responsible for mental and emotional activities and intimacy according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. So, this pose helps awaken the energy flow in the heart while restoring the body and mind connection.

How to do it:

Starting on your hands and knees, walk your hands forward as you lower the chest on the floor. As best as you can, try to keep the hips above the knees. Rest your forehead, chin, or chest on the floor.

5.For a Hangover

Easy seated twist yoga pose

“Twists are great for helping toxins move their way out of your body—and out of your life,” says Stiles.

Try it: Start seated (as shown), inhale and lift your left arm straight up. As you exhale, grab your right knee with your left hand. Press your right fingertips into the ground behind your hips. Inhale and sit up tall. Exhale and twist your torso further toward the right. Then switch your legs and repeat on the other side.

6.For Killer Cramps

forward bend with rolled up blanket yoga pose

“This move is great to sooth the mind, the mood, and cramps,” says Stiles. “The gentle pressure from the blanket and your torso is really grounding and comforting, and just plain feels great.”

Try it: Roll up a blanket. Sit down with your legs straight in front of you. Place the blanket on your upper thighs. Gently fold your torso over the blanket. Stay here for 10 long, deep breaths.

7.For a Cold or Flu

alternate nostril breathing yoga

“This technique is known for keeping people from getting colds or the flu, as well as helping them get better faster,” says Stiles. “It’s great for clearing congestion. It also does wonders for cultivating an easy mind, so even when the flu strikes you’ll feel easy and calm while you are recovering.” (Check out 11 Other Tricks to Bounce Back Fast From a Cold.)

Try it: Sit up tall, however you can sit comfortably. Take your right hand and curl down your index and middle finger into your palm. Press your ring finger over your left nostril and inhale for 4 counts. Close off your right nostril with your thumb so both nostrils are closed. Hold all the air in for 4 counts. Release your ring finger and let all the air out your left nostril for 4 counts. Repeat this breathing pattern for 3 to 5 minutes.

8.For a Sleepless Night

lying-down twist yoga pose

“So many people have major problems getting to sleep and staying asleep,” says Stiles. “Yoga has been known to help out, big time. A simple lying down twist helps to release any tension in the spine and mind that can be getting in the way of a good night’s rest. You can even do it when you’re in bed!”

Try it: Lie down on your back and hug your right knee into your chest. Twist your right leg over toward your left side. Relax your arms out to the sides. Stay here for 10 deep breaths and repeat on the other side.

9.For a Sugar Craving

seated meditation with arms in a v

“Yoga trains and reprograms the mind so it can come back to a calm and neutral state free of anxieties and cravings,” says Stiles. “This seated meditation with arms up in a V gives your body just enough to do to allow your mind to focus. Spend a few minutes in this position and you’ll be able to conquer your sugar cravings with ease.”

Try it: Starting in a comfortable seated position, raise your arms overhead into in a V shape. Relax your shoulders down your back and reach out through your fingertips. Stay and breathe here for 3 minutes. Finding the ease in staying here for several minutes will clear your mind and release loads of tension from your body.

10.For Long Car Rides

Standing Side Opener Yoga Pose

“We’ve all been crammed in the car for too long, and there are some simple poses to help open up your body,” says Stiles. “Standing side opener is great because you’re bringing length back into your side and spine, a reversal of when it gets crunched in the car.”

Try it: Stand with your feet parallel, shoulders aligned with your hips. Inhale and reach your arms out and up. Grab your left wrist with your right hand. Gently pull your left arm up with your right hand. Let your torso naturally arch over to your right side. Stay here for three breaths and then work the other side, too. (Looking for more relief? Try these Tips to Prevent Lower Back Pain if road trips and long days at the office are wrecking your back.)

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Top 10 Best Fitness and Health Gift Ideas

What to give to someone the is working out, or have a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Yoga Mat

Our partners over at Women’s Health and \backslash\fit created a fitness product that’s really incredible, and it will change your favorite yogi’s practice for good. This smart, nonslip yoga mat will talk the user through the practice, making yoga easy AF. Plus, it takes just one motion (a click!) to roll it up in an instant. 

The smart technology works by pairing with Women’s Health Yoga on Amazon Alexa. Trust us: If you have a yogi in your life, this is the gift she’s secretly dying to receive.  

2. THE TOUGH TRAINING GLOVES

Ladies who lift will appreciate these Wodies Workout Gloves. They offer wrist support plus full palm protection to prevent calluses during weightlifting and pull ups. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and sizes to suit nearly anyone.

3. Onnit Iron Man Kettlebell

The only thing cooler than doing kettlebell swings with a 40-pounder? Doing them with a 40-pound kettlebell that’s been cast to look like Iron Man. Onnit’s entire Marvel Hero Elite line of fitness equipment will make you feel superheroic, but no piece stands out more than this Iron Man kettlebell. Get it for the friend who heads to the gym daily trying to carve a superhero torso.

4. Gym Bag

Spoil your favorite fitness addict with a cute bag she’ll want to carry everywhere she goes. The metallic fabric and rainbow straps make a serious statement all the way from the front door to the locker room. 

5. THE ‘HOW DID NOBODY THINK OF THIS?’ LEGGINGS

If every woman’s going-out dream is a dress with pockets, her fitness wish list includes the same for yoga pants. Enter: These lightweight Athleta leggings that, yep, have pockets.

6. CycleOps Magnus Smart Trainer

Don’t feel like paying $35 for a spin class? Pop off the back wheel of your bike and set yourself up on the indoor smart system from CycleOps. 

7. Dulcii 2.2L Dumbbell Shape Water Bottle

This unique water bottle will inspire fitness freaks to work their biceps with each sip. The best part? The more you hydrate, the easier it is to curl the dumbbell. 

8.NEW BEST BUDS

These sweat-proof, waterproof, wireless buds boast an in-ear heart-rate monitor and an app that measures VO2 max, possibly making these the most high-tech items she’ll ever stick in her ears. Oh, and the sound quality is really, really good, too.

9. 2XU Men’s MCS Run Compression Tights

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Start your recovery before you even finish your workout. 2XU’s compression tights have anatomically targeted spots to up your blood flow so you feel better post-activity.

10. Fitbit Charge 3

Know someone worth a splurge? The Fitbit Charge 3 is a water-resistant, user-friendly fitness tracker, and it features continuous heart-rate tracking, GPS, a handy touchscreen, and swappable wristbands.

In addition to tracking health data and delivering smartphone notifications, the tracker can also help users unwind via personalized breathing exercises. Plus, we love the host of fitness-tracking programs and extended battery life this updated version comes with. Time for an upgrade! 

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Top 10 Healthiest Fruits on the Planet

Some fruits are more healthier than others, check out best 10 fruits to add to your diet.

1.Grapefruit

Grapefruit is one of the healthiest citrus fruits.

Besides being a good source of vitamins and minerals, it is known for its ability to aid weight loss and reduce insulin resistance.

For example, in a study in 91 people, those who ate half a fresh grapefruit before meals lost 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) more weight than those who didn’t.

In the same study, the grapefruit group had a significant reduction in insulin levels and reduced insulin resistance. Also, eating grapefruit has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and help prevent kidney stones

2.Kiwi: Loaded with vitamins

Beneath its fuzzy skin is a sweet fruit loaded with vitamins C and E, both strong antioxidants that protect against cancer and promote eye health. Kiwis are also low in calories and high in fiber, making them ideal for weight loss. Because they can last up to four weeks when stored in the refrigerator, they are a great snack to keep all year round.

3.Apple. 

A low-calorie snack, high in both soluble and insoluble fiber.  Nutrition experts claim one large apple has around 130 calories, and none come from fat. Apples also have no sodium or cholesterol—nutrients many want to expressly avoid. One apple has 34 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of which come from the fruit’s natural sugars.

Lisa Sefcik, in an article, wrote: “One apple gives you 20 percent of your daily value [DV] of fiber. You also get 2 percent of your DV of vitamin A, iron and calcium, and 8 percent of your DV of vitamin C. Almost half of the fruit’s vitamin C content is within the skin, so it’s best to eat apples unpeeled. Apple skins are a valuable source of the fruit’s fiber and also contain pectin.”

4. Acai Berryes

Açaí actually deserves some of the hype it gets, thanks to weapons grade antioxidant levels that clobber other Superfruit rivals like blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. However, because this tiny berry hails from Brazil, it’s not easy to find fresh. “I recommend powdered açaí berry, which can be added into a smoothie,” says Glassman. “Not only is this an easy way to get super fruits into your diet, but it also helps mask the tart, sometimes bitter taste.”

5.Pineapple

Among the tropical fruits, pineapple is a nutrition superstar. One cup (237 ml) of pineapple provides 131% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for vitamin C and 76% of the RDI for manganese

Pineapple also contains bromelain, a mixture of enzymes known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to digest protein (6).Test-tube and animal studies suggest that bromelain may help protect against cancer and tumor growth

6.Mangoes: Immunity boosters

Mangoes are becoming increasingly popular among nutritionists due to their exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A to promote bone growth and a healthy immune system. Even more, these exotic treats are packed with more than 50 percent of your daily vitamin C—that’s more than oranges provide.

7.Bananas

Ever grab a snack but then feel hungry again 20 minutes later? Next time, reach for a banana. This Superfruit is loaded with potassium, which can lower your blood pressure, and is one of the best sources of Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that fills you up and helps to boost your metabolism.

8.Avocado. 

The most nutritious fruit in the world.  The reason, according to Health Online Zine,  is that the fruit “contains in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, E and K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.”

Avocado also contains fiber, protein and beneficial phytochemicals, such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which help protect against various diseases and illnesses.  In addition, “avocado is one of the high- calorie fruits that you could be eating. This is due to its larger amounts of fat content, approximately 20 times the average of other fruits.”

Nutritionists claim avocados contain goodly amounts of vitamin C (necessary for the production of collagen needed for the growth of new cells and tissues which prevents viruses from penetrating cell membranes, and also a powerful antioxidant), thiamine (converts carbohydrates to glucose to fuel the brain and nervous system) and riboflavin (helps the body to release energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fat).

9.Blueberries

Blueberries have powerful health benefits.

They have an impressive nutrition profile, being particularly high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

Blueberries are also exceptionally high in antioxidants.In fact, they are believed to contain the highest antioxidant content of the most commonly consumed fruits

The antioxidants in blueberries may reduce the risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’sBlueberries are also known for their powerful effects on the immune system.

10.Pomegranates: More antioxidants than red wine or green tea

Pomegranate juice has two to three times the antioxidant capacity of red wine or green tea, and is also a great source of potassium, which sustains energy and controls high blood pressure. Research shows that drinking ¼ cup of pomegranate juice daily could improve cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol, and help with erectile dysfunction. However, talk to your doctor before you drink regular amounts of pomegranate juice, as it can sometimes negatively interact with prescription drugs. Top salads with pomegranate seeds for a vitamin-packed meal

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Top 10 Healthy Snacks That Can Help You Lose Weight

We all want to be healthy and to have nice body, that is why we start to diet but very often we crush our diets because we are hungry all the time. One solution that i have found is to have 2-3 snacks during the day. Here are my top 10 healthy snacks.

1.Mixed Nuts

Nuts are an ideal nutritious snack.

They’ve been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and may help prevent certain cancers, depression and other diseases.Despite being relatively high in fat, they are very filling. Several studies suggest that eating nuts in moderation can help you lose weight.

Nuts contain the perfect balance of healthy fat, protein and fiber. They contain about 180 calories in a 1 oz (28 grams) serving, on average.They also taste great and don’t require refrigeration, so they’re perfect for carrying with you when away from home.

2.Non-Fat Yogurt

Orange & Ginger
PER 1 CONTAINER (150 G): 120 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (0 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 17 g protein

We don’t just love Siggi’s Icelandic yogurt flavors because each carton is non-fat and packs on the protein, but because they’ve all got your daily dose of gut-healthy probiotic strains. Grab a spoon and dig in!

3.Grapefruit

You don’t need to go on a grapefruit diet to reap the health benefits of this ruby fruit. One study found that when people simply ate grapefruit with each meal, they lost up to 3 1/2 pounds over three months. Grapefruit may help manage appetite by lowering insulin levels, say researchers.

4.Sliced tomato with a sprinkle of feta and olive oil

This savory dish will make your taste buds happy. Tomatoes pack umami flavor, while feta adds tang and a little bit of salt.

Make it: Slice 1 medium tomato (or slice up 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes), and top with 1 ounce feta and 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Per serving: 133 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated), 5 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 265 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

5.Red Bell Pepper with Guacamole

Red bell peppers are extremely healthy.

Although all bell peppers are nutritious, red peppers are highest in antioxidants like beta carotene, capsanthin and quercetin.

They’re are also rich in vitamin C. In fact, 1 large red bell pepper contains over 300% of the RDI for vitamin C .Pairing 1 large red bell pepper with 3 oz (85 grams) of guacamole adds healthy fat and fiber while keeping this snack’s calorie count under 200.

6.Protein Cookie

Oatmeal Raisin Spice
PER 1 COOKIE (84 G): 320 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (6 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 18 g protein

Make your dessert do you a favor next time around by indulging in a Munk Pack Cookie. The oatmeal raisin spice flavor is full of 18 grams of protein at just 320 calories, which isn’t bad for a sweet treat like this.

7.Hummus

Skip the vending machine and satisfy the afternoon “munchies” with a healthy snack you packed at home. You’ll save money and get a bigger bang for your nutritional buck. Try cut up veggies and some hummus. Planning snacks that provide both carbohydrates and protein will help tide you over until dinner.

8.’Banana split’

Robin Plotkin, R.D., suggests a healthy version of the classic dessert by halving a banana, then topping it with yogurt and nuts. It’s a delicious combo of carbs, protein, and healthy fat—more importantly, it’s super-fun to eat.

Make it: Slice a small banana in half vertically. Top the open banana face with 1/4 cup non-fat Greek yogurt and 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts.

Per serving: 242 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 33 g carbs, 18 g sugar, 23 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein.

9.Cottage Cheese with Flaxseeds and Cinnamon

Cottage cheese, flaxseeds and cinnamon each have impressive health benefits on their own. Together, they’re a super-healthy snack.

Cottage cheese is a high-protein food that is very filling, and full-fat varieties contain conjugated linoleic acid, which may help reduce body fat.

Flaxseeds are beneficial for weight loss, blood sugar control and may also reduce breast cancer risk.

Cinnamon helps lower blood sugar and may improve gut health.

Here’s an easy recipe that combines all three ingredients to provide about 15 grams of protein with less than 150 calories:

Cinnamon Flaxseed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese.
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • Stevia or other sweetener, if desired.

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

10.Egg on toast

This healthy snack is great for breakfast lovers—it’s as satisfying as a meal, but the slightly smaller portion size won’t weigh you down. Plotkin recommends using hard-boiled eggs for convenience, which you can make ahead or buy. If you have access to a stove, you can also opt for a scrambled or fried egg.

Make it: Toast a slice of whole-grain toast. Top with one egg, cooked to your preference.

Per serving: 182 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 20 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 221 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 11 g protein.

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Top 10 Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle

Usually we start to think about our health when we are already sick. Healthy life should be a lifestyle, here are my top 10 tips for healthy lifestyle.

1.Do A Job You Love

Some healthy living choices don’t involve preventing possible harm as much as improving the quality of your life. How do you feel when you are at work? Are you happy? Do you have a sense of accomplishment or fulfillment? Or do you dread the moment your foot crosses the threshold and the hours of your life that belong to others?

Most Americans spend the largest portion of their waking hours working at their jobs, preparing for work, or driving to and from work. All these hours are spent just to pay for the place where they rest their heads for the 8 hours and start again. Many go from a hectic work life to a hectic home-life with literally no time for themselves. When put in this perspective, is it not important to ensure that the largest part of your waking day, your working hours, involve doing something that you love?

2. Drink more water.

Most of us don’t drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our bodies to function. Do you know over 60% of our body is made up of water? Water is needed to carry out body functions, remove waste, and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since we lose water daily through urine, bowel movements, perspiration, and breathing, we need to replenish our water intake.

Furthermore, drinking water helps in losing weight. A Health.com study carried out among overweight or obese people showed that water drinkers lose 4.5 more pounds than a control group! The researchers believe that it’s because drinking more water helps fill your stomach, making you less hungry and less likely to overeat.

3. Get enough sleep 

Sleep has the ability to optimise mental and physical energy, and optimal levels of sleep (about eight hours a night) are linked with reduced risk of chronic disease and improved longevity. One simple strategy that can help ensure you get optimal amounts of sleep is to go to bed earlier. Getting into bed by 10pm or 10.30pm is a potentially useful investment in terms of your short- and long-term health and wellbeing. Shutting down the computer or turning off the TV early in the evening is often all it takes to create the time and space for earlier sleep.

4.Take a Tailgate Time-out

It’s an all-American past-time — the tailgate party! Tailgating today has progressed far beyond burgers and chips. You’ll find everything from cheese dip to spicy chicken wings.

Don’t despair: Your tailgate spread doesn’t have to sideline your weight loss plan. Grilled kabobs are great fare on the field. Just skewer veggies, fruits, and lean meat, and soak in your favorite marinade. Seafood, salsas, wraps, and stews are good eating, too. A Crock-Pot of chili — loaded with high-fiber, high-protein beans — is a classic tailgate dish (don’t forget the Beano).

Just remember, alcohol is packed with calories. Enjoy your favorite brew, but switch it out for zero-calorie beverages as the party rolls along. It’s all in how you play the game!

5.Stay Home When You’re Sick

This tip will not only benefit you, it will benefit others around you as well. Infectious diseases are just that-infectious. When you go to work or school sick, you not only risk worsening your own condition, but also spreading it to others. Influenza and pneumonia are among the ten leading causes of death in America. Every year, the flu virus spreads like wildfire through schools and offices. This has the sad result of multiplying lost workdays or schooldays exponentially, rather than simply allowing the time for one valuable employee or student to recover properly.

6.Exercise.

Movement is life. Research has shown that exercising daily brings tremendous benefits to our health, including an increase in lifespan, lowering of risk of diseases, higher bone density, and weight loss. Increase activity in your life. Choose walking over transport for close distances. Climb the stairs instead of taking the lift. Join an aerobics class. Take up a sport of your liking (see tip #5).Pick exercises you enjoy. When you enjoy a sport, you naturally want to do it. Exercise isn’t about suffering and pushing yourself; it’s about being healthy and having fun at the same time. Adding variation in your exercises will keep them interesting.

7. Eat mindfully 

In our fast-paced world, there can be a tendency to eat while distracted and shovel in more food than we need and, at the same time, miss out on culinary pleasure. Many of us will benefit from eating mindfully. Some things to think about here are avoiding eating when distracted, eating more slowly, and taking time to taste food properly. One particular thing to focus on is chewing your food thoroughly – not only does this help us savour food, it also assists the digestive process.

8.Reduce Stress

A little stress is good. It gives your life excitement. Too much of the wrong stress however can be downright deadly.

Here’s how excess stress can harm your health:

  • decrease in immune system function – Stress lowers the production of natural killer cells and seriously depletes T-cells, both of which kill infections and cancer
  • damage to blood vessels and heart – Stress constricts blood vessels and causes faster heartbeat, thus increasing blood pressure
  • weight gain – Stress causes the release of cortisol which triggers overeating and storage of fat

9. Pick different-colored fruits/vegs.

Fruits/Vegetables with bright colors are usually high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are good for health because they remove free radicals that damage our cells. Eat fruits/vegetables of different colors: White (Bananas), Yellow (Pineapples, Mango), Orange (Orange, Papaya), Red (Apple, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon), Green (Avocado, Lettuce, Cucumber), Purple/Blue (Blackberries, Prunes).

10. Practice the art of appreciation 

Modern-day living tends to be inspirational and we can easily find ourselves chasing an ever-growing list of goals, many of which can be material. Some of us could do with spending more time focusing not on what we don’t have, but on what we do. Our mood can be lifted by giving thanks for anything from our friends and family to a beautiful landscape or sunset. 

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Top 10 Health Habits

Everybody wants to be healthy but sometimes is hard to start. To much and confusing information. Here are my top 10 healthy habits.

  1. Don’t retire.

Evidence shows that in societies where people stop working abruptly, the incidence of obesity and chronic disease skyrockets after retirement,” says Luigi Ferrucci, director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. The Chianti region of Italy, which has a high percentage of centenarians, has a different take on leisure time. “After people retire from their jobs, they spend most of the day working on their little farm, cultivating grapes or vegetables,” he says. “They’re never really inactive.”

2.Get more sleep

To get the ball rolling, let’s begin with your sleep patterns. This is without a doubt the most powerful of all our healthy habits. You can’t function without proper sleep. Don’t believe me? Did you know that no matter which bodily need you are trying to serve (be it hunger or thirst or desire or what-have-you), if your body needs sleep badly enough it will literally override all the others and you will collapse on the ground where you stood and immediately fall asleep? Did you know that? Even if you were actively being attacked! I personally know at least one Navy SEAL who slept while being shot at! Now, to be fair to him, he actively made the choice to go to sleep—but still! It shows you that the body needs what the body needs.

3.Eat Breakfast Every Day

Why? Well, you might have heard your mom or dad say this while growing up. But, many of us may have taken this all-important health habit for granted. In our busy and chaotic existences, breakfast sometimes takes a backseat in the car of our lives. We opt for things like sugary coffee drinks or a big lunch, all of which are detrimental to health.

4. Wake Early


We all know the saying—“early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”—well, it turns out that phrase may have more clout than we initially thought. A study from the University of Toronto found that early risers are both happier and healthier than those who stay up late and wake up late. Previous studies have also found early risers to have more stable personalities and typically more cheerful moods.

5. Move around.

“Exercise is the only real fountain of youth that exists,” says Jay Olshansky, a professor of medicine and aging researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “It’s like the oil and lube job for your car. You don’t have to do it, but your car will definitely run better.” Study after study has documented the benefits of exercise to improve your mood, mental acuity, balance, muscle mass, and bones. “And the benefits kick in immediately after your first workout,” Olshansky adds. Don’t worry if you’re not a gym rat. Those who see the biggest payoffs are the ones who go from doing nothing to simply walking around the neighborhood or local mall for about 30 minutes a day. Building muscle with resistance training is also ideal, but yoga classes can give you similar strength-training effects if you’re not into weight lifting.

6. Diet

Still in the arena of your health, we have your diet coming in at number 6 on our list of healthy habits. There are some super simple rules here. Drink more water. It doesn’t matter how much water you drink now. Drink more. It’s good for you. If you drink a cold glass first thing in the morning you will lose weight (see: giant write-up in the 4-hour body by Tim Ferris) and you will also wake up with a clear, alert mind.

Second, cut out sugar. If you can completely avoid adding sugar to your drinks or food, you will have done wonderful things for your body, metabolically speaking. We have full articles on the site about this so I won’t delve too deeply here.

7.Use Sunblock

Why? Harmful exposure to the sun not only causes us to age too quickly, but it can also result in long-term health-related issues such as skin cancer. When you use sunblock or sun protection, you’re blocking the sun’s harmful rays. SPF, which stands for Sun Protection Factor, is the indicator that tells us just how much of the sun’s rays are being blocked out. An SPF of 15 or higher should always be used no matter if you’re a man, woman, or child.

8.Reading

Yes, my friends. This one IS obvious. But seeing as how this is a list of healthy habits, I HAD TO add it to the list. So here’s what I can do for you. Let me add some tips in this area you HAVEN’T seen!

For those of you who just don’t have the time to read, I think I can offer you several ways to get this done. You can listen to an audiobook while you commute to work. I’ll bet you knew that one. Did you know, however, that you can double the speed at which the book is read back to you? It really makes a big impact on your consumption levels. Not only that, you’ll adjust to it so quickly that everything else will seem like a turtle’s pace.

9. Be less neurotic. 

It may work for Woody Allen, who infuses his worries with a healthy dose of humor, but the rest of us neurotics may want to find a new way to deal with stress. “We have a new study coming out that shows that centenarians tend not to internalize things or dwell on their troubles,” says Perls. “They are great at rolling with the punches.” If this inborn trait is hard to overcome, find better ways to manage when you’re stressed: Yoga, exercise, meditation, tai chi, or just deep breathing for a few moments are all good. Ruminating, eating chips in front of the TV, binge drinking? Bad, very bad.

10.Eat Fiber Daily

One of the most important dietary supplements that we can consume are fibers. Fibers are an excellent way of slowing down your body’s breakdown of carbohydrates and its absorption of sugar. This can assist with helping to regulate sugar levels. It has also been found that there is an indirect relationship between amount of fiber consumed and risk of heart attack. Studies have found that people who eat a diet rich in fiber are 40% less likely to get heart disease. Researchers have also come to the conclusion that for each additional 7 grams of fiber consumed that there is a 7 times less likelihood of stroke.

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