I always did love conspiracy theories.
Whether you are out of shape, in general good health, or somewhere in between, you can always get healthier. Here are ten simple things that almost anyone can do today or any day to improve their overall health. While they’re not rocket science, they are some of the most forgotten elements of simple self-care.
Take a Walk: There’s just about no easier exercise than a simple, everyday walk. You can take one on your way to work, on your lunch break, in the morning before your family wakes up or after dinner with a loved one. You don’t need a gym or any equipment; just put on a pair of sneakers and go.
Get Some Air: By now, most of us know that the air quality in our homes is much worse than the air outside. Go outside and get some air every day if you can. A little Vitamin D from the sun will do you some good as well. If you can afford it, you may even wish to invest in an air purifier for your home.
If you’re constantly on the lookout for good, low-calorie foods in restaurants, you’ve probably ended up disappointed more times than you’ve been satisfied. Most of the low-cal menus I’ve tried have either been gross, tiny, or simply ridiculously simple meals I could’ve made on my own (and that’s saying a lot!).
I know a lot of people dine out to have the convenience and escape dishes duty, but I like a little bang for my buck when I eat out; I want something delicious.
Some paths just seem like they were created for leisurely strolls and healthful urban hikes. I'm particularly fond of the long loop covering the stretch between downtown Seattle, the University District and Capitol Hill. It has some beautiful views and even a few subtle challenges to get your heart pumping and give your legs a good workout.
If you’re tired of being the only industrialized country without universal healthcare, sick of medical bills being the reason most people in this country file for bankruptcy, or just fed up with all these drug ads or climbing insurance rates, today is your day to be HEARD.
Health care is high on the list of priorities during the current Congressional session, and President Obama is in favor of a public health care plan. Whether you’re for or against that option, chances are you are for SOME kind of change in our healthcare system. (Around here, we’re fond of saying that our country’s national health plan is “Don’t get sick.”)
I am an avid walker. No, I don't put on special workout clothes and power my way down a bike path. My style is more old-fashioned and leisurely. Whether it's a brief constitutional for fresh air and exercise, or a semi-epic trek that takes all day, I love letting my feet carry me. Walkers take in sights, sounds and smells that people moving in faster modes of transportation don't get to experience. Of course, one of the best parts of regular walking is that it's some of the best cardiovascular exercise you can do. A good walk will give you that preferred 45 minutes of elevated heart activity while proper posture and ambulation will work a variety of muscle groups and promote thorough bloodflow.