Health is Happiness – Week Three

Day 15 – Go Without Dessert
Change up your evening routine and try an after-dinner walk in lieu of dessert.  A single slice of apple pie, averaging 280 calories, could eat up 10 to 15 percent of your total recommended daily caloric intake.

Day 16 – Take 10,000 Steps
An inexpensive pedometer is a great wat to gauge your physical activity levels.  Participaction suggests setting a daily goal of 10,000 steps and a study published by Stats Canada earlier in the year showed that we’re not far off the mark: Canadian men accumulate and average of 9,500 steps per day and women walk an average of 8,400.

Day 17 – Fill the Fridge With Veggies
Keep two kinds of raw vegetables cut and washed in the fridge for quick snacks on the go.  The Dietitians of Canada say that having foods such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and celery handy will prevent you from reaching for high calorie snacks when you get hungry.

Day 18 – Laugh Out Loud!
A great way to nourish your mind and body is to give your sense of humour a workout.  Share a silly story, listen to a joke and learn to find the funny in situations that usually get you down.  Laughing can provide a powerful physical release that’s proven to relieve pain, lower blood pressure and improve your outlook.

Day 19 – Don’t Eat Before Bed
If you need to unwind at night with a bowl of ice cream, eat at least three hours before you hit the hay, or you run a greater risk of storing those calories as fat.  It’s important to eat the bulk of your calories while you’re most active.

Day 20 – Set a Smoking Quit Date
Within 48 hours of becoming smoke-free, your chances of having a heart attack start to decrease.  Within one year, your risk is cut in half.  Within 15 years, your risk is the same as someone who has never smoked.  Mark your planned quit date on the calendar and be sure to tell your friends and family.  Once you’ve set a goal and told people about it, you’ll be more likely to follow through.

Day 21 – Try the Y
Get active and try something new by checking out your local YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club or community centre to see what fitness programs it has to offer.

Source: Canadian Living

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