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Easy Does It

We all know that exercise, eating right and getting enough sleep is crucial in order to maintain one's health. However, we also know that some things are easier said than done. Here are a few easy tips that can reportedly help us in our endeavor to keep healthy

Exercise- Enough excuses, if you can't afford a gym membership or simply cannot get to a gym, look no further than your own living room. There are many exercise dvds that are just as challenging than gym workouts. You can chose from yoga and pilates to strength training dvds that require little to no equipment.

Eating Right- Thousands of women strive to lose weight every day. In fact, on any given day, almost half of all women in the United States are on a diet. Instead of eliminating certain foods from your diet, why not eat more of the good stuff? The experts at Self magazine had these yummy suggestions to pile on your plate:

Instead of having your usual bowl of cereal for breakfast, try reheating last night's leftovers. The idea is, according to Heidi Skolnik, coauthor of The Reverse Diet, if you eat a heavy breakfast, chances are you will consume less calories throughout the rest of the day. Many of us don't eat breakfast, thinking that we're saving calories. Ironically, it seems like the opposite is in fact true!

Cucumbers, strawberries, and peaches are just a few foods that do not contain many calories and are delicious and satisfying.

Eat a handful of nuts (about 10) daily. Nuts have more calories but they keep you satisfied longer and you may eat less the rest of the day.

Sleep- Ah, what we wouldn't do to get 8 straight hours of sleep every night. Women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia as men. Women may not have the luxury of getting 8 straight hours of sleep due to children or work, but here are a few helpful hints on getting as much beauty sleep as possible.

1) Avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the afternoon or at night

2) Try to eat dinner at least 2-3 hours before bedtime

3) Only use your bed for sleeping and sex

4) Sex can help you get a goods nights sleep.


How do you keep fit and healthy in your busy life? We want to know...

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  • selfinthecity By selfinthecity
    03.08.07  

    This is great! Balance is the key. Check out www.selfinthecity.com for more tips!

  • sickly50 By sickly50
    04.12.07  

    i am very ill, & weigh about 96 lbs. I really cannot comment except, i still try & exercise, always eat right & these are very important things, as Americans are SO overweight on average, it's disgusting. i firmly believe that fast food restaurants should all be shut down. i have never eaten in one in my life, & that's the truth!!!

  • mrs_hambone By mrs_hambone
    04.14.07  

    Where it say, "3) Only use your bed for sleeping and sex" that make sence... but I kind feel differently.

    I sometimes have a hard time falling asleep at night or I wake up a couple times through out the night.  Or I'll wake up in the morning not feeling very well rested.  I think because there's so much pressure to fall asleep and sleep well.  Just because I want to have a good nights sleep SO badly.  On the other hand, my husband & I have a guest room/ computer room.  We hang out in there sometimes, one of us'll sit on the bed keeping the other company while they're on the computer, or play with the dog in there, or do the bills... ect.  It's actually the bed I had before we got married and it's no where near as comfortable as the bed in our room, but for some reason whenever we're laying on it we fall asleep!  It's the best place to take a nap, or start to drift off before heading to bed for the night.  I think it's cause there's less pressure to fall asleep there.  Kinda odd how it totally goes against what the experts always say.

  • jazzy By jazzy
    04.21.07  

    I would like to comment to selfinthecity, I totally agree that balance is the key. But, it's easier said than done for me. I work from 11pm to 7am and is't very difficult for me to eat right and even sleep right. I have a 2yr old son and I'm a single parent. so at times it's hard for me to eat right all the time because of my situation. Even when I'm hungry, but I be wanting to eat healthy and can't because I'm on the go and have to grab something quick to eat. It's hard but i'm going to make it by the grace of God. I was exercising like for a good two months but by me working at night and taking part time classes to get my GED, I be extremely tired to even exercise. When I was exercising, by me working at night I feel lightheaded and stop working out. I really want and need to get healthy and loose weight. Do anyone have any suggestions for me until I get me a new job?

  • greenberry By greenberry
    04.22.07  

    Hi Jazzy, kudos to you for your hard work and great dreams. You sound like a very motivated person! Is it possible for you to work day work at all? Seems like that could turn things around some. But if not right now, there are some things you could do in the meantime. Take control of your food situation by shopping for healthy food for each week, then pack all your lunches, snacks and drinks. Buy rotisserie chickens, turkey breasts, fruits & veggies, all of that is easy and will keep you healthy. Only you have control over what you eat, and many times what you eat will decide how you feel. This is one of the first steps I would take, and after that, take things one step at a time. Sounds like you have a lot going on! I also wouldn't worry too much about working out right now while you're working full-time and taking classes, but I would suggest that you add in little bits of walking and stair-climbing every chance you get. If you keep yourself healthy by taking control of things, everything else will fall into place for you. Good luck on everything Jazzy! I'm really impressed by how motivated you are! Greenberry

  • primlvr By primlvr
    05.09.07  

    I have to dissagree with one thing (above) using your bed for sleep and sex. I watch TV while in bed, if I watch TV in the L.R and then go to bed, it takes forever to get to sleep. I get between 3-6 hours sleep a night, and it makes for some long days. I try to eat right, but it seems that the healthy foods are more expensive, and you know sometimes a woman just has to have something chocolate LOL. Good luck Jazzy, you have a lot on your plate(so to speak)

  • kamaiki By kamaiki
    05.10.07  

    I TRY TO RUN OR WALK EVERYDAY. I ALSO HAVE WORKOUT DVDS TO DO AT HOME CAUSE I DONT LIKE PEOPLE WATCHING ME. I TRY TO EAT RIGHT BUT DONT MOST OF THE TIME. MY BIGGEST PROBLEMS ARE I OVER EAT ALOT I HAVE THIS THING WHERE I THINK I HAVE TO CLEAR MY PLATE. BUT I AM TRYING. I DONT WANT MY DAUGHTER TO BECOME LIKE ME WORRIED ABOUT HOW SHE LOOKS AND WHAT SHE EATS AND MOST OF ALL I DONT WANT HER TO DEVELOP A EATING DISORDER. I GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP I THINK I DONT SLEEP THRU THE NIGHT I WAKE UP TO FEED MY DAUGHTER AND GO TO THE BATHROOM BUT I TRY TO SLEEP AS MUCH AS I CAN WHEN I CAN HAHAHA.

  • jlark By jlark
    05.10.07  

    It seems we are all striving for a healthy weight - healthy being the key word! And, I am personally so much more aware of the importance of being good role model, having my first child (a girl) about 2 years ago.

    Fortunately, I also work for a wonderful non-profit called America On the Move, americaonthemove.org, which gives hundreds of thousands of people all across the country FREE, online support to achieve and maintain their healthy weight goals by encouraging simple, small steps we can all take each day to be healthier.

    I love the idea of women talking to other women, so I hope that some of you take time to check us out!

  • fanofvintage By fanofvintage
    05.21.07  

    #4 isn't exactly accurate. Sex before bed can keep you wide awake, and not sleepy. That statement is a generalization.

  • bratz54 By bratz54
    06.29.07  

    I STRONGLY disagree on these.... 1) Avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the afternoon or at night---- I myself found that caffeine has put myself and most of the men in my family out light a light. I don't have the energy spike that most Americans have when drinking anything with caffeine.

    3) Only use your bed for sleeping and sex-- Sleeping is hard enough in a uncomfortable bed when the springs are shot and box spring is braking down. Mostly I sleep in my Lazy boy recliner just to sleep. And for the sex that can be preformed anywhere even in the recliner.lol But I use my bed to watch tv where I dread getting up to clean or anything like that.

    4) Sex can help you get a goods nights sleep.-- Might knock my husband out but that gives my the energy spike where the caffeine don't. I am 23 and my husband is 29 and I am lucky enough to get that once or twice a month but other then that I have never been able to sleep right afterwards.

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