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Staying Healthy Secrets

Healthy habits and tips that prevent disease and keep your mind and body running in tip-top shape.

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Go Green, Tea that is!!

Drink green tea on a regular basis, daily is best. Full of antioxidants and has been shown to help ward off heart disease and cancer. Additionally it may help with weight control since it induces thermogenesis ... and oxidizes fat!!

- Submitted by VRCATON 10/23/2010 in Staying Healthy | 10 Comments

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Maintaining a Positive Outlook Keeps You Healthy

Have you ever noticed that when your mood is gloomy, you don't feel well? Maybe you thought your mood was gloomy BECAUSE you don't feel well. Scientific studies bear out that people are healthier when they remain positive. Take advantage of all the positive energy that flows within SparkPeople to lift your mood. You'll feel more like exercising and eating healthy, and the vague malaise that can turn into real illness will just melt away. Mind over matter works!

- Submitted by VAMANOS 12/25/2010 in Staying Healthy | 12 Comments

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Don't choose the easy way out!

When in doubt, don't choose the easy way out!

It's easy to skip exercise, but the guilt is hard.
It's easy to have another helping, but hard to work those calories off.
It's easy to be negative, but hard to deal with the sadness.

Go with the harder option now to have an easier ride later.

Tough exercise is hard, but the results are good.
Lower (healthy) calorie intakes are hard, but the results are good.
Positive talk is hard, but the results are good.

- Submitted by SUNRISESUNSET 11/29/2010 in Staying Healthy | 6 Comments

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Water in the A.M.

I drink a big glass of water as soon as I wake up each morning. I learned this tip from fitness expert Denise Austin. The reasoning is that your body has gone without fluid for the last 6-10 hours (however long you sleep) and is dehydrated. It also helps jumpstart your metabolism.

- Submitted by CATHEITE 10/17/2010 in Staying Healthy | 8 Comments

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Learn To Listen To Your Body

The most valuable skill I've been able to develop is to learn to listen to my body. This means you have to tune into those signals that tell you when you are really hungry, tired, anxious, angry, upset, in pain or in need of some exercise. It really takes practice to be able to do this on a regular basis. Especially to know when you are really hungry and when you are using food to meet a need other than hunger. The same is true of fatigue. If I am tired, I need to rest. Maybe I need sleep.

- Submitted by AQUAGIRL08 1/6/2011 in Staying Healthy | 7 Comments

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Top 10 purposes of Sex

Sex has many purposes:

1. it is fun
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2. takes your mind off your worries
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3. makes you happy
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4. makes you feel sexy boosting your self image
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5. burns calories
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6. makes you thirsty, thus you drink more water
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7. gives you a boost of energy
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8. or puts you to sleep
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9. a great way to start your day
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10. a great way to end the day
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- Submitted by LUVMYQUE 4/13/2011 in Staying Healthy | 8 Comments

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Sleep does a body good.

So keep regular sleep habits. Erratic sleep habits prevent the training of our “biological clocks.” Make every effort to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends. The temptation to sleep in, or lounge around in bed on your day off can throw off your biological clock.

- Submitted by LUCKYCOMET 4/12/2010 in Staying Healthy | 8 Comments

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Your Mental Health

When you've been wronged by someone, forgive them and move on even though it's painful. Forgiveness is for you, not the other person. We often hold on to negative feelings which eventually begin to affect our mental health, our physical health and the health of the relationships we hold near and dear.

- Submitted by SUCCESSFULWUN 5/28/2010 in Staying Healthy | 6 Comments

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Strut your Stuff!

Taking a 30 minute brisk walk three times a week will lower your blood pressure significantly. In a recent study of a group of caregivers walking the allotted amount produced a beneficial effect on their blood pressure. The participants who walked 30 to 40 minutes at least three times a week experienced a reduction in their blood pressure that was stress-induced.

- Submitted by KBUCKMASH 3/14/2011 in Staying Healthy | 3 Comments

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Eat More Oatmeal!

I just learned in my Nutrition class that the fiber in oatmeal binds to bile during the digestion process. Every bowl of oatmeal you eat will literally flush cholesterol right out of your body.

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 8/10/2010 in Staying Healthy | 9 Comments
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