Walk More, Use Sunscreen, And 3 Other Easy Ways To Improve Your Health Now

Walk More, Use Sunscreen, And 3 Other Easy Ways To Improve Your Health Now

By Renee Lynch, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to embrace a more healthful lifestyle. What new diet book should you buy? Should you join a CrossFit gym? Do you need a tracker, and if so, which one? And — gulp! — how much is this all going to cost? It’s enough to make you plop back down on the couch and reach for the remote.

Here are five ways to improve your health starting today that might even save you money in the long run.

1. Walk more. It’s the fastest, easiest way to get in some exercise. And taking a walk right after a meal is especially good for curbing glucose levels, which is helpful for anyone trying to rein in blood sugar. Don’t wait, though: Glucose hits its peak 30 to 60 minutes after a meal.

2. Protect yourself from the sun. Slather on sunscreen and don a wide-brimmed hat. Discuss your skin sensitivity with a doctor, and find out if you need to take additional measures, such as long-sleeved shirts, driving gloves and long pants.

3. Speaking of doctors: Stop the foot-dragging when it comes to scheduling your annual physical. Just do it.

4. Slash the sugar. No one is trying to take away all your ice cream. But how about a scoop or two once or twice a week instead of three heaping scoops every night? Find small, simple ways to trim the sugar out of your diet and you’ll trim your waistline.

5. Get more sleep. This should be welcome news. Research increasingly suggests that a run-yourself-ragged lifestyle
leads to stress, and stress leads to weight gain (and a stubborn resistance to weight loss). So get more Zzzs.

Photo: Walking is a fast, easy way to get some exercise and improve your health. (Fotolia/TNS)


Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Leonard Leo
Leonard Leo

Where were you when the news hit that right-wing Federalist Society prince of darkness Leonard Leo had been given $1.6 billion by a fellow anti-abortion nutcase nobody had ever heard of named Barry Seid? It was the single largest political donation ever recorded in this country, an unknowably large amount of money.

Keep reading...Show less
The Gun

The Guns

Gun violence is widely seen as an epidemic in the United States. According to the American Public Health Association, it is the leading cause of premature death in the country, resulting in nearly 40,000 deaths every year. While Congress struggles to pass laws to restrict access to firearms, two gun safety advocacy organizations, whose specialty is traditionally to lobby lawmakers to change gun laws, are trying a different approach to put the squeeze on the gun manufacturing industry.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}