I spent some time in the last week going through old magazines that I have accumulated and pulled out articles on healthier living, saving money, recipes, activities to do with the kids, and more. In my upcoming blogs, I plan to use some of this information.
In Norine Dworkin-McDaniel's article, she outlines an Ultimate Health Challenge 12 week program to help you feel stronger, sharper, happier, livelier and, yes, slimmer.
Week 1 - Amp up your energy
- Worn out? It's no wonder, with your long to-do list. Try these simple tips to recharge.
- Get a head-to-toe checkup
- Seek out sunshine
- Work in a walk
Week 2 - Get fit
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.
- Make an effort to schedule for sweat time
- Form a workout group
- Squeeze in exercise on the go
Week 3 - Break a bad habit
- Smoking? Impulse eating? Whatever your vice, these strategies can help you quit for good.
- Write a list
- Be patient with yourself
- Secure a sponsor
Week 4 - Eat healthier
- You'll feel more energized and less stressed, and you can lower your risk of everything from colds to cancer.
- Reconsider your carbs
- Cut back on red meat
- Stock up on produce
- Everyone gets a little down in the dumps. Make over your mind-set with these mood-boosting tips.
- Holler when you need help
- See every day as a special occasion
- Pile on praise
- Unchecked anxiety can contribute to a host of ailments, from colds and headaches to heart disease. Use these steps to achieve inner calm.
- Stick it to anxiety
- Practice saying "I'll get back to you"
- Fit in some fun
- Slow, steady, focused efforts ensure the greatest success. Here's how to whittle away extra pounds.
- Put portions into perspective
- See yourself slim
- Eat more slowly
Week 8 - Strengthen bones
- Fortify your frame--and ward off fractures--with these stay-well strategies.
- Consume more calcium
- Work out your bones
- More women die of heart disease every year than from all forms of cancer combined, according to the Cleveland Clinic. But about 80% of cases can be prevented with key lifestyle tweaks. Get started with these.
- Suss out your silent saboteurs
- Cut back on trans fats
- Stop smoking
- Perhaps you skimp on sut-eye to get more done in your day. But that strategy can backfire if you become too tired to tackle your to-do list.
- Turn in by 10 p.m.
- Curb the caffeine
- Take a tech time-out
- Exercising your mind can keep you mentally sharp as you age. This week focus on getting your brain in tip-top shape.
- Shore up your social network
- Polish off produce
- Get off the couch
- Challenge your mind
- Flaunt a healthy, youthful complexion with these age-defying tips.
- Slather on sunscreen
- Avoid using soap
- Sleep on the other side
Should you choose to try some of these tips, I wish you much success as you strive to be healthier and happier! Have a great day!