Tips For Healthy Living

Tips For Healthy Living

  • Relaxation Techniques That Really Work

    Relaxation Techniques That Really Work
    Everyone experiences stress and its effects. Short-term effects of stress include headaches, shallow breathing, trouble sleeping, anxiety, and upset stomach. Long-term chronic stress can increase the risk for heart disease, back pain, depression, persistent muscle aches and pains, and a weak immune system.
    Chronic stress can affect your emotions and behavior by […]

  • The Power of Meditation

    The Power of Meditation
    Worry, anxiety, and stress can be more than distractions. Constantly replaying in your mind daily problems and fears can affect your mental and physical health.
    By controlling your attention as you meditate, you begin to feel more relaxed and at peace. And this peacefulness usually lasts far beyond the meditation itself. So, when […]

  • Helping Someone with Memory Loss

    Helping Someone with Memory Loss
    Diagnosing memory problems can be puzzling. In older adults, it’s easy to mistake such problems as part of the everyday memory loss that some people experience as they grow older.
    Memory problems, however, may be a sign of a more serious diagnosis, such as Alzheimer disease or dementia.
    Check with a healthcare provider […]

  • How to Bend Properly

    How to Bend Properly
    Bending properly can help you avoid back strain and injury. Here are some tips for proper bending:

    Don’t stand with your feet together, but instead keep them shoulder-width apart.
    Flex (bend) at the hips and knees, not at the waist.
    Pull in your abdominal muscles and tighten your quadriceps (thigh muscles).
    Keep your spine straight — […]

  • Exercise and the Older Adult

    Exercise is good for people of all ages
    There are many benefits of following a regular exercise program. This is true even for people who have joint pain, back pain, arthritis, or osteoporosis. And it is also true for people who are recovering from an injury. Or people who are recovering from surgery such as joint […]

  • Have a Hearty Workout for Your Heart

    Have a Hearty Workout for Your Heart
    Your heart, about the size of your fist, is a highly efficient pump. Your heart pumps nearly 2,000 gallons of blood every day, or 5-1/2 quarts a minute, and beats 100,000 times a day. Unlike other muscles, your heart muscle doesn’t tire from use. Your heart is like other muscles […]

  • Risks of Physical Inactivity

    What health risks are linked to physical inactivity?
    Lack of physical activity has clearly been shown to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and other conditions:

    Less active and less fit people have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure.
    Physical activity can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes.
    Studies show that physically active people are less […]

  • Calculating Calories and Fat Grams

    To determine the number of calories and fat grams you need each day in order to lose, maintain, or gain weight, ask your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian. As a general guideline, to maintain your current weight, follow the 3-step formula below. Remember, everyone’s body and metabolism are different, so these numbers could vary slightly for you.
    1. Determine your […]

  • Where Do Grains Fit in Your Diet?

    To cut calories, you may be tempted to cut out carbs in the form of grains. But that could be a mistake — for a variety of reasons.
    The answer is to choose the right kind of grains — whole grains rather than refined or over-processed white bread, rice and pasta. A whole grain contains all […]

  • Be Smart About Taking Medicines

    Prescription medicines have become like new cars and breakfast cereals. Many of them are being marketed directly to the public through ads on television and in magazines. Some medicines get so much free publicity they don’t need to be advertised.
    Smart consumers should use ads as motivation to learn more about their own illnesses and choices for […]