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Exercise

2018

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. It has many benefits, including improving your overall health and fitness, and reducing your risk for many chronic diseases. There are many different types of exercise; it is important that you pick the right types for you. Most people benefit from a combination


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Eat Healthy

2018

Most health experts recommend that you eat a balanced, healthy diet to maintain or to lose weight. But exactly what is a healthy diet?

It should include:

Protein (found in fish, meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, nuts, and beans)

Fat (found in animal and dairy products, nuts, and oils)

Carbohydrates (found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans and other legumes)

Vitamins (such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K)

Minerals (such as calcium, potassium, and iron)

Water (both in what you drink, and what's naturally in foods)


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Decrease Stress

2018

We may not be able to control stress, but we can manage it. Here are some stress-management tips that may help you feel better - and less stressed - every day:

Accept that there are events that you cannot control.

Keep a positive attitude; rather than defaulting to negatives (''Nothing goes right for me,'' or ''Bad things always happen to me''), give yourself positive messages (''I'm doing my best,'' or ''I'll ask for help'').

Halt stress in its tracks; if you feel overwhelmed, take a walk or drive in the slow lane to avoid getting angry at other drivers.

Manage your time. Give yourself time to get things done; set your watch so you have more time to prepare for an event.

Do things that are pleasurable, like reading or gardening.

Take 15-20 minutes every day to sit quietly and reflect. Learn and practice relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing.

Exercise regularly by bicycling, walking, hiking, jogging, or working out at the gym. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.

Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs. And don't smoke.

Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.

Seek out social support.

Seek out a therapist or psychiatrist if things get too overwhelming.


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