Proper hydration is essential to good health. Keep your fluid up with these tips:
Eat more fruits and veggies. Many are composed of over 80% water
Set a few alerts on your phone as a gentle reminder.
Use a straw. You drink more. And you drink faster.
Avoid injuries by beginning physical activities with these muscle-activating exercises:
Keep your arms straight, shrug your shoulders in big forward circles for 30 sec, then reverse direction for 30 sec.
BENT OVER TWIST
Touch your right hand to your left foot, stand up, then touch your left hand to your right foot and repeat for 60 sec.
Place your hands on your hips & move them in circles clockwise for 30 sec, then reverse direction for 30 sec.
FORWARD LEG SWINGS
Kick one leg slowly forward and back as far as you can for 30 seconds, then switch.
Screenings help detect health problems early, when they’re easier to treat. Ask your doctor about these:
Every 1-2 years
For men and women ages 30 and over About 30 minutes
For men and women ages 50 and over (Or even younger if you have certain risk factors)
3 exams that make up the screening
15 minutes for each exam
10-15 minutes for a mammogram
30 minutes for a colonoscopy
Here are 4 places in and around Washington to find peace and quiet:
King County Parks offer 175 miles of hiking trails. In their 200 parks you'll also find pools, rivers, forests, mountain vistas and quiet meadows.
The Kitsap County Park System covers nearly 9000 acres and features several quiet wetlands destinations with hiking trails.
Come here to meditate near the soothing sounds of this beautiful 22-foot waterfall.
Home to 18 different parks, Pierce County also includes the Foothills Trail. This 25-mile long asphalt trail has a soft shoulder for relaxing equestrian outings.
Most of us eat out 2 or 3 times a week. Here are a few tips on how to eat with restraint:
Ask the server to pace out your courses so you don't eat as fast.
Split an entrée - but ask the kitchen to divide it onto two plates so it looks like a full meal when it's in front of you.
Start with a cup of soup. The broth and veggies will help you feel fuller before you dive into your entree.
Eat only one half of the bread on your sandwich (especially diabetics).
Spending time with those who matter most to you can boost your spirits.
Download a free geocaching app
Spend some time on a technological treasure hunt, exploring parks and open spaces to find hidden treasure chests.
Take the family on a Link light rail excursion with stops for museums, restaurants and public art installations. It runs 1.6 miles through Downtown Tacoma.
Take in the colors, smells and sounds of one of the 14 farmers markets in Pierce County.
It takes only 13 muscles to smile, but 33 to frown. Smiling feels better too.
Try a free workshop and connect more to your funny bone.
Grab a partner and see who can tell knock-knock jokes the longest without cracking up. Try and reach at least 3!
Laugh at a local
Spend 120 minutes watching Harry and the Hendersons, filmed right here in Washington!
The Pacific Northwest is a wonderland of amazing places to burn some calories. Start here:
Take a ferry across the Sound for a 33-mile loop offering great views of the Seattle skyline.
It’s less than 30 miles from downtown Seattle and offers incredible vistas along the 4-mile hike to the top.
The perfect size for a variety of levels, this lake provides a scenic 6-mile round trip.
Getting less than 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily can impact your physical and emotional health. Try these sleep-inducing tips:
Avoid using computers or smart phones, watching TV, or playing video games at bedtime.
Get as much natural light as possible during the day and keep your bedroom dark.
Keep your bedroom between
60 and 67 degrees.
Listening to music that has a slow rhythm of 60 to 80 beats per minute can lull you to sleep.
Get out of doing the same routine everyday. You'll be happy you did.
Start a daily journal
Write for 20 minutes a day. Clear your mind and gain a new perspective on your life.
Try meditating 5 to 10 minutes everyday and see the difference in your focus and concentration.
Run a marathon, just not all at once
Run 1 mile 5 days a week and you'll finish a marathon in no time.