December 29th 2011

6 health tips for the new year

With 2012 around the corner, now is the time to start thinking of our resolutions.

It’s always good to think of our health, and this is no exception. Whether you want to lose weight, have more energy, or just feel better in general, we’ve picked out our top 12 health tips to bring you right into 2012.

Count your steps with a pedometer

Did you know that folks who routinely wear a pedometer tend to take more notice of how much they are moving? This means that research have dug up some ideas, suggesting that those who always wear a pedometer tend to walk about a mile more each day. In turn, this causes a decrease in weight and total blood pressure. The recommendations include about 30 minutes of brisk walking per day, along with a total of 10,000 steps.

Start strength training

People frequently load up on cardiovascular exercise, but it is important to make sure there is strength training in your regimen as well. Involve both the upper body and lower body in your strength training days to achieve the best fitness possible. Not only does it make you feel and look better, it also prevents muscle and bone loss. Aim for two or three times per week, at least twenty to thirty minutes in total.

Stop popping the pills

Chowing down on a lot of vitamins isn’t really necessary at all. In fact, the bioavailability of the nutrients is far lower than that from the fresh foods themselves. Other than  good multivitamin and vitamin D, folks just need to eat a balanced diet. A few exceptions: pregnant woman should take folic acid, and women past menopause should get at least 1,200 milligrams a day. But the latter can come from food: nosh on a lot of leafy greens, almonds, tofu, and yogurt.

Drink more water.

Sounds obvious, right? Well, unfortunately, loads of people still aren’t getting enough. Make sure that water is your go-to beverage of choice, drinking at least 64 ounces per day…and then a little bit more. If you love caffeinated beverages, make sure you drink the equivalent of extra water for each glass of caffeine you drink.

Go on a non-diet (in other words, eat!)

Those who diet and restrict foods tend to overeat because the body and mind want exactly what it “can’t have”. Instead of focusing on dieting, think of eating. To avoid hunger pangs and overeating in the evening, make sure that you eat enough during the day. A good rule of thumb is a small balanced meal or large snack every four hours or so.

Don’t drink your calories

When we eat calories, out bodies feel full which sends a trigger to stop eating. But when we drink our calories, it’s just too darn easy: we can overdo it without even noticing. A can of pop has 150 calories, the average latte about 300, a hot chocolate topping 600, and we know that one drink can easily morph into two or more. Save the majority of your calories for your food, and choose low calorie or no calorie drink options, saving the caloric ones for parties and holiday fun.

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