Sunday, December 05, 2010
8. Mellow out to Mozart. Listening to 30 minutes of classical music every day while concentrating on slow, deep breathing can help bring down elevated blood pressure.
9. Stand up! Non-exercise activity-like standing instead of sitting or walking to a co-worker's office rather than sending an e-mail-may be more beneficial than aggressive exercise.
10. Eat in, not out. Home cooking is the most effective way to cut down on sodium, saturated fat and starchy carbs, which can lead to weight gain and heart disease risk.
11. Get more sleep. Get a minimum of 7 hours' sleep each night-sleep-deprived people have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes and depression.
12. Buy this app. Be prepared for any emergency with Emergency Aid, available from iTunes. The app, which works on iPhone or iPad, talks you through roadside emergencies, rescues, first aid, drug interactions and other essentials.
13. Turn down the heat. Keep your home temperature between 65 and 68 degrees F to get a good night's sleep and feel energized throughout the day.
14. Spice up your eggs. Dice up fresh or roasted red chile peppers in the morning-they'll make you feel fuller and less likely to eat a fatty lunch.