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  • 5 Quick Ways to Stay Healthy In Spite of a Busy Schedule

    • By dj miller
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    • Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Don’t think you have time to stay in shape? Take a look at our tips on how get healthier without turning your busy life upside down.

    Exercise over Lunch

     

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    It only takes ten minutes to do a few exercises in your office. And if that works for you, that’s great and you should do them. The same goes for taking walks over lunch, especially if you can get a coworker or two to join you. However, don’t dismiss taking your lunch break to do some more serious exercising. Check the mile or two around your workplace to see if there is a gym you could walk or drive to in just a few minutes. Then, look to see if there is a workout class during your lunch hour, or get a coworker to join you in daily trips to the gym. Worried about fitting in a good workout and getting a good lunch? There are plenty of great guides on how to use your lunch break to exercise.

    Quit Drinking Soda

     

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    You know you’ve heard this one before. And you should really, really do it. Why? Studies are finding that soda really is absolutely terrible for you. For example, even if you eat healthfully in every other way, you will still gain more than fourteen pounds per year simply due to the excess calories in sugary soda. But you aren’t off the hook with diet soda either. In fact, people who drink diet soda tend to be heavier than those who drink regular soda. And just on its own—diet or not—the caffeine and sodium mixture of soda has a dehydrating effect, which wears down on all parts of your body’s systems and can be especially hard on the heart.

    Drink Water Instead of Snacking

     

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    Did you know that drinking water can help you limit how much snacking you do? In fact, you may discover that what you used to think was hunger is actually disguised thirst. Water makes up 60 percent of the human body and 93 percent of your blood. And when you don’t drink enough water, your body is forced to pull water from your body’s tissue and skin. Not only does this make you look older, it also stresses your body out. By rehydrating your cells, you give them back their natural ability to repair and duplicate. Drinking enough water also dilutes the presence of any toxins in your system and allows your body to flush out any other contaminates or waste.

    Don’t Just Drink Water. Purify It

     

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    For the best results, however, don’t just drink water. Drink purified water. The water from your tap can still contain chlorine, chemicals, heavy metals, potential allergens, and other toxins. So start drinking bottled water, or better yet install salt free water softeners in your home. By drinking pure water, you can lower the toxic load on your body. A whole-house filtration system will keep those toxins for seeping into your system through your skin, too.

    Switch Chips for Veggies

     

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    You need a snack, and you really don’t want something that requires washing, cutting, or preparing. In fact, the greasy crunch of a potato chip couldn’t possibly sound more appealing than it does right now. But you don’t have to give in! Companies are packaging and marketing vegetables in new ways that make them as convenient and easy to eat as junk food. So switch out whatever salt-covered carbohydrates you were planning on eating for some baby carrots, or get a bag of pre-cut pre-washed celery that you can eat straight out of the bag. Oh, and also? Eating veggies is cheaper than chips.

    Half the battle of living a healthy life is substituting better foods and habits for other ones. So if you’ve got a lunch break, a water bottle, and a grocery store that sells prepared veggies, you can start the transformation to an even healthier life.

    What quick tips or habits have helped you stay healthy?

    DJ Miller is a gadget geek, writer, infographic-maker and lover of Mystery Science Theater. He is also a novice comedic who spins humor into advice columns on his personal site.

  • Can your daily habits affect your wealth?

    • By jennifer
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    • Monday, July 22, 2013

    Rich HabitsWe love talking about productivity and how it impacts our work, health and relationships, so when we came across this Yahoo video about “Daily Habits of the Wealthy,”we couldn’t help take notice. In it, personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi asks the question: is there any correlation between our daily activities and our financial fitness? The answer is a resounding yes, according to Tom Corley, author of the book, “Rich Habits – the Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.” Corley spent five years studying 350 rich and poor people, delving into their habits for life and work. He discovered that the income divide had more to do with daily habits than any other factor.

    This might seem a little cliché at first glance. However, a look at Corley’s findings from his five-year study revealed that the wealthy tend to have consistent daily routines that promote mental and physical well-being, longevity, productivity, advantageous business and community relationships and even, interpersonal communication. In his book, Corley hopes to encourage everyone seeking prosperity with daily principles that can dramatically improve their lives.

    Rather than “write it off” (get it?), we thought we’d observe some of his findings and see if there were any lessons to be learned.

    • to dos for a good lifeRise early. 44% of wealthy people rise three hours before work. during that time, they focus on: self-improvement, like 30 minutes of reading industry information (88% wealthy vs 2% poor) and exercise (76% wealthy vs 26% of poor).
    • Create a daily to do list. 81% of the affluent complete 70% of their daily to do items compared to 19% of low income people.
    • Set long-term goals. 70% of wealthy reportedly do so in contrast to 3% of the poor.
    • Network during lunch. 55% of the well-off optimize lunch hour, while only 2% of low income individuals do so. 
    • Keep tabs on their daily caloric intake. The majority - 57% - of wealthy track daily calories in comparison to 5% of the poor. 70% of the well heeled tend to limit junk food intake to 300 calories per day compared to just 3% of poor people. Alcohol consumption is monitored as well, with well heeled generally limiting themselves to no more than 2 drinks per day. The takeaway? The wealthy have a stronger drive to stay healthy for income generation, both in the short-term (better health and less weight = more energy and fewer sick days) and for the long-term (a longer career equates into more lifetime earnings).
    • Don't gossip. It’s a common pastime for the poor, with 79% admitting to talking about others, while just 6% of wealthy say they do (or admit to, anyway).
    • Focus on after work activities that lead to advantageous business relationships and community service. Wealthy people say they often spend time networking, assisting nonprofit organizations, coaching, teaching, attending school or acting as board members. But the majority of those struggling with finances (77%) spend more than an hour per day watching TV, especially reality shows, whereas only 33% of wealthy say they spend more than one hour a day at the tube.

    Still think its bunk? The numbers are hard to argue with, but we believe that there’s much more to a person’s income level or happiness than one study reveals. What we can glean is that anyone can improve their life by being consistent with a daily routine that promotes mental and physical well-being.

    There are many things in life that we can’t control, but we can choose whether we set and pursue goals, how we spend our downtime, what we think and how we treat others. It’s a good reminder that our habits affect our lives, so plan to excel, no matter your financial status.

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