Hydrate! Before, during and after exercise, it's important to stay hydrated. In fact, the American Council on Exercise recommends drinking two cups of liquid before working out. Grab a water bottle and keep it filled up. (Skip the sugary sports drinks and seek out low-cal options if you're looking for flavor or nutrients.)
On vacation? There's no excuse for skipping exercise! At a tropical locale, take a walk down the beach; the moist sand will give your feet, ankles and calves an extra challenge. In the mountains, take a romp in the snow or try a winter sport like snow-shoeing. Bad weather? Check out your hotel's gym or walk a few flights of stairs.
Create your own Top 20. Listening to your favorite music is a proven way to boost your spirits, so burn yourself a CD or create a playlist on your MP3 player - or both - so you'll always have your personal radio station ready.
Learn to say no. It's challenging to juggle the demands of work, home life, family, relationships, church...you get the picture. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you always should, so practice saying no sometimes. Use that time to do something nice for yourself instead.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in every moment, something that's tough to do with a PDA in one hand and a cell phone in the other
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in every moment, something that's tough to do with a PDA in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Take a moment now to take in your surroundings and enjoy the sights, sounds, textures and smells you're experiencing. Repeat as necessary.
Keeping a journal is a terrific way to combat stress. By taking a few minutes each day to write down your frustrations, you allow your mind to process them and release negative energy...and you just might come up with some creative solutions for those troubling issues. You don't need anything fancy; plain paper and a pen will do.
One of the early outward signs of depression is isolation. If you see a friend losing interest in social activities, or she stops returning phone calls when she's usually chatty, check in with her and ask if something's wrong. Sometimes a little compassion - and connection - are just what a person needs to get back on track.
Be thankful! One of the easiest ways to keep your mood elevated and optimistic is to take time each day for thankfulness
Be thankful! One of the easiest ways to keep your mood elevated and optimistic is to take time each day for thankfulness. Try taking a few minutes in the morning to give thanks for the beginning of a beautiful day, or make a quick list at the end of the day of things you're glad to have accomplished.
Have you done your Kegels today? Pelvic floor strengthening exercises, called Kegels, are easy to do and help prevent incontinence during pregnancy and later in life. Take just a couple minutes a day to practice squeezing your pelvic muscles while relaxing the rest of your body, and you'll stay fit.
What's your BMI? The body mass index is one way of measuring health, and takes into account your body weight relative to your height. Normal weights are under a BMI of 25; anything over 30 is considered obese. Most gyms have trainers who will calculate your BMI, or you can use one of the many calculators available online.