"Start Today For a Healthy Tomorrow"
"I'll start my diet tomorrow."
"I need to start exercising next week."
Instead of putting off your health for another day, how about starting today to take steps to make your health a priority? (Note to women: This is especially important for you caregivers. Put yourself first for a change!) Give each of these ideas a try for at least a week and see how you feel. You may be able to turn small changes into healthy habits for the rest of your life.
- I'll drink more water. 8-10 (8 ounce) glasses each day. Why? Your body needs fluid to stay hydrated! Bonus: Your skin will look better. You may find that you snack less. How? Bring water bottles with you to work or school. Put a 64 ounce (1/2 gallon) jug of water in your fridge and try to drink the whole thing each day. Ask for water with your meals when eating out and drink the whole glass.
- I'll get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day (with your doctor's okay). Why? It keeps your heart fit and helps maintain your muscles. Bonus: Burns calories and helps to lose weight. How? Get up 30 minutes early and go for a brisk walk. Instead of watching TV or staying on the computer at night, take a walk or bike ride. Try out an exercise class at your local "Y" or fitness club. Do exercises while you are watching TV.
- I'll eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Why? Fruits and vegetables are full of cancer-fighting phyotochemicals, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Bonus: Fruits and vegetables are lower in calories than most snack foods and definitely provide you with a bigger nutritional benefit. How? Put a banana or sliced strawberries on your cereal (1-2 servings); an apple as a mid-morning snack (1-2 servings); tossed salad with lunch (1-2 servings); steamed vegetables with dinner (1-2 servings).
- I'll cut down on my portion sizes. Why? Most Americans "super-size" everything we eat. Bonus: Decreasing the amount of food that you eat will help with weight loss. How? Look at the suggested serving size on the Nutrition Facts label and compare it to what you are actually eating by using measuring utensils.
This is general information only and should not replace advice or instructions given to you by your physician.