35 Ways to Be Healthier This Year

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1/22/2013 6:00 AM   :  7 comments   :  17,786 Views

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Tackle these to-do items just once in 2013 to boost your wellness.
 
1. Clock Your Sunblock

It's good for up to three years, but look at expiration dates and restock if necessary, says dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, M.D., a clinical instructor at the University of California, San Francisco. If you're using sunblock properly, you should need a new bottle every year. 
 
2. Create a Reading List

Jot down the books you'd like to finish in the next 12 months—from guilty pleasures to classics—then borrow, buy or download them. Tearing into a page-turner is good for your brain. People who regularly read fiction are more empathetic than those who don't, and reading any form of literature increases vocabulary and comprehension. See our must-read picks for 2013 at familycircle.com/2013books.
 
3. Check the Detectors

Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors annually and test them monthly, says Greg Martin, a firefighter, engineer and EMT with Idaho's Ketchum Fire Department.
 
4. Book a Bra Fitting

Tense shoulders? Blame it on your bra. According to researchers, 85% of women wear the wrong size, which can lead to pain (and an unflattering silhouette). Weight fluctuations and other changes make an annual measurement, available in most department and lingerie stores, invaluable.
 
5. Chuck Old Sneakers

Regular workouts are great for you but not for your gym shoes. If you exercise three times a week, replace your pair after six to nine months, says Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University at Montgomery. If five times a week, swap out after five months.
 
6. Revamp Your Beauty Regimen

What you put on your body can make its way into your body, so spend a day this year looking at the ingredients list of your favorite soaps, nail polishes and hair sprays. Products containing hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates may increase your risk of diabetes.
 
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  • 7
    Revamped my beauty routine yesterday. I would add squeezing a stress ball to work on forearm strength. It can be left at your desk. - 1/23/2013   11:10:36 AM
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    I am finding it more and more difficult to lose weight, despite eating my five a day etc I get constipated I never manage to drink as much water as I should , I cannot hold it long enough if I am away from a loo. I am only overweight not obese according to my BMI , but I think they should also think about age when making their calculations - 1/23/2013   8:33:57 AM
  • 5
    Drinking more water! It's my one and only New Year resolution. - 1/22/2013   1:42:53 PM
  • 4
    I'm doing Yoga. - 1/22/2013   1:10:58 PM
  • 3
    Thanks for the recommendation of Goodreads.com. I started up my account and look forward to doing even more reading this year! - 1/22/2013   12:13:40 PM
  • 2
    Agreeing that Goodreads.com is a great way to track what you read, rate it, and get recommendations based on what you read. - 1/22/2013   9:00:58 AM
  • 1
    Goodreads.com is a great site to keep your "want to read" and "read" list, and even rate them. (For some reason, the link didn't work for me, even when I went directly to the familycircle.com site.)
    Found this list interesting. - 1/22/2013   7:27:25 AM

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