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Quick Tips on How To Stay Healthly

By Amie Valpone, HHP, AADP Nutritionist and author of The Healthy Apple (www.thehealthyapple.com)

Water

“How important is water? "

As we all know, water makes up a large percentage of our bodies, therefore we must be sure to replenish our storage of pure fluids. Many people do not drink enough water, leading to constipation, hunger, headaches, fatigue and dehydration. It’s recommended that we drink at least 8 glasses of water each and every day, but don’t freak out…this doesn’t have to be: You + Plain Water = Boring… Furthermore, if you are exercising be sure to hydrate before, during and after your workout.

Sleep

”What’s so bad about my 5 1/2 hours of sleep each night?”

Getting a good night’s rest is essential to our health. When we sleep, our body recharges and builds up our immune system as well as fights depression and anxiety. We should strive for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night to feel energized and alert throughout our day. Getting enough shut-eye can also keep your body from storing fat.

Eating Healthy

”But I love fast food and Starbucks moca-frappachinos with whip cream”

Healthy eating is another major component of good health. We’ve all heard ‘You ARE what you EAT’ and I couldn’t have said it any better. If you fill your belly with junk, processed foods, fast food and ‘fake foods’ such as high fructose corn syrup and chemical-laden ‘diet’ sweeteners— you will feel and look awful. However, if you feed your body with the proper fuel and nutrition, you will feel amazing and have glowing skin. Keeping your blood sugar at a steady level throughout the day will keep you feeling energized; try to have something to eat every 3-4 hours to keep your blood sugar steady. If you go too long without eating, your body will signal starvation mode and reach for the candy bars and soda in the vending machine.

Exercising

”I don’t have time to work out and I’m bored with my step class"

And I’m not just talking about the gym. Believe me, I am not a gym-person; I tend to get incredibly bored and find myself mindlessly doing ‘nothing’ on the elliptical machine. So, how do I stay active? It’s easy; I engage in activities that I enjoy such as walking the city. I walk everywhere…grocery shopping, errands, to and from work, etc. I also take long walks in the peaceful and quiet hours of the early morning before breakfast or late evening after dinner. Whether it’s walking, practicing yoga, hitting tennis balls or playing a game of soccer, as long as your heart is pumping and you’re feeling those good ‘endorphins’ flowing…you’re all set.