Happy Holidays! During the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Years, it is common to over indulge a little bit and let some of your healthier habits slide. While getting on track in the new year, you might want to consider some of these habits published by British researchers in the British Medical Journal (to read the full article published in US News and World Report, click here: http://www.usnews.com/health/family-health/articles/2009/02/20/10-health-habits-that-will-help-you-live-to-100.html).
1. Move, for at least 30 minutes a day. Every day. Make the time.
2. Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Juices don’t count.
3. Limit alcohol and avoid smoking (a no brainer, but worth it to re-iterate).
While those were the big three, other healthy habits include flossing, get at least 6 hours of sleep a night, be less neurotic, and be a creature of habit. Take time for your health and wellness, and you will be rewarded with a healthier body and mind in advanced age.
The exercise of the week isn’t as much of an exercise as it is test. Stand up tall, finding a neutral spine position. Pick your left leg up and balance on your right leg. Time yourself and hold it for one minute. Switch legs and do the same on your left. One side is generally better than the other. If you are unable to complete the exercise, work on it every day. Balance improves quickly and is an important component to fitness, as well as fall prevention. If you can easily balance for one minute, try it with your eyes closed for an extra challenge.
Yours in health and wellness,