quit smoking http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/273/all en-US Make These 9 Health Moves Now or You'll Regret It in 20 Years http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-9-health-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-these-9-health-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000050227950.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and nowhere is it more true than with your health. The health habits you form now will be the foundation of your well-being for the next 20 years. If you start being proactive now, you have much better chances of being healthy as you age. The following nine <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-health-rules-you-should-be-breaking">health moves</a> are things that you can easily do now, for years of benefit later.</p> <h2>1. Stay on Top of Your Dental Health</h2> <p>You only have one set of adult teeth, so take care of them. That means flossing, brushing, and making regular visits to your dentist for exams, cleanings, and repairs. Getting sealants on your teeth can also help prevent future decay. In addition, cut out the soft drinks, which can eat away at your enamel.</p> <h2>2. Live an Active Lifestyle</h2> <p>The longer you wait, the harder it'll be to start, so make a habit of exercising now while you're still in relatively good shape. Regular exercise will help you maintain your flexibility and your weight, reducing the wear and tear on your body and keeping your blood sugar down. Even if you're not an athletic person, a brisk, 30-minute daily walk will do wonders for your energy levels and long-term health.</p> <p>Exercise doesn't have to mean going to the gym, either. Just getting up off your couch, cleaning the house, and taking your kids (or friends' kids) to the park gets you up and moving, so make an active lifestyle the norm, rather than the exception.</p> <p>To illustrate my point: My husband's 92-year old grandmother walks two miles every morning with her walking buddies. She has done this since her forties, and credits it for being one of the reasons she is still in good health at her age.</p> <h2>3. Take Care of Your Joints</h2> <p>Take care of your knees and other joints now, while you still have the possibility of preventing or reversing damage. Knee and joint problems will make you more sedentary as you age, with all of the accompanying negatives.</p> <p>Get orthotics if you have flat feet or misalignments &mdash; your feet are the foundation of your body and can cause more problems than you think. Consult a chiropractor or physiotherapist to fix chronic posture problems that can result in fused vertebrae and other injuries as you age. Do some gentle yoga or pilates (with proper instruction) to strengthen your core, increase flexibility, and prevent putting undue stress on your spine and joints. And make sure you're working in an ergonomic environment to prevent repetitive injuries.</p> <h2>4. Learn to Cook</h2> <p>It goes without saying that cleaning up your diet will have positive repercussions in the long run, but one of the best things you can do for your diet is to learn to cook. Learn to make delicious meals from scratch and you'll be able to avoid the worst of the processed foods. Perhaps you'll also discover a fun hobby that will give you hours of therapeutic enjoyment.</p> <h2>5. Go to Therapy</h2> <p>It can be hard, but if you feel down, anxious, apathetic, or stressed a lot, try to drag yourself to see a therapist. Learning to cope with life's stressors now will serve you well in the long run, and enable you to enjoy the next 20 years. Don't put it off if you can feel better now.</p> <p>In addition, therapy can aid with your relationship and communication skills, helping you to make the most of your relationships now and in the future. Don't neglect your mental and emotional health &mdash; they can have a huge impact on your quality of life and your physical health as well.</p> <h2>6. Get in Control of Your Metabolism</h2> <p>Within the next 20 years, your body's metabolism will likely change drastically. You may even be seeing changes now. Stay ahead of any potential problems by getting your thyroid and blood sugar tested and monitored if there are any small problems that might potentially escalate into large ones several years down the road.</p> <p>Get your exercise and diet on the right track to maintain a healthy weight. Being obese puts you at risk for a plethora of health problems as you age, including diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and more.</p> <h2>7. Wear Sunscreen</h2> <p>Prevent skin cancer from rearing its ugly head by wearing sunscreen consistently. Also, I feel like a broken record because I say this so much, but the sun accounts for <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24101874">80% of visible skin aging</a>, so the best anti-aging treatment you can do is to prevent sun damage.</p> <h2>8. Quit Smoking</h2> <p>Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health; and the sooner you do it, the better. Smokers have over <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/6-ways-to-live-longer">triple the risk of dying</a> early compared to non-smokers. So quit smoking. You'll be healthier and so will all the other people who live with you.</p> <h2>9. Make Lifelong Learning a Priority</h2> <p>You don't have to become worse at learning as you get older &mdash; it's really a matter of whether you're willing to put in the effort to learn something new. Make learning a habit to keep your brain in shape as you age &mdash; learn a new language, take up a new hobby, or take some professional development courses. Remember, use it or lose it!</p> <p><em>What are you doing to improve your health 20 years from now?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-9-health-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-a-10-minute-walk">10 Surprising Benefits Of: A 10 Minute Walk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-gym-memberships">5 Most Affordable Gym Memberships</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty dental health fitness health care joints metabolism quit smoking sun damage therapy Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:00:21 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1548184 at http://www.wisebread.com Switching Addictions http://www.wisebread.com/switching-addictions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/switching-addictions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000061360910_Large.jpg" alt="man running sunrise" title="man running sunrise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hi, my name is Andrea, and I read <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/" target="_blank">Runner's World</a> magazine.</p> <p>[Hi, Andrea].</p> <p>I started reading it a couple of years ago. At first, it was just a glance or two when I was at Barnes and Noble trying to pass a cold, rainy Sunday. Then I started looking at it more carefully, actually reading the articles and analyzing the nutrition charts. After that, I maybe tried a few of the lunges and ab crunches. Finally, I bought and issue and took it home. I was hooked. I even started subscribing, and I read it religiously for two years.</p> <p>What I love about Runner's World are the inspirational stories and columns that seem to come standard with every issue. And these are my guilty pleasures; pleasures, because I feel inspired by the stories of the struggles and victories of people who have faced much harder circumstances than I have, and guilty because despite the inspiration, I never quite seem to get myself in gear.</p> <h2>The Shame! The Joy!</h2> <p>Because I'm not a runner, I hide my issues of Runner's World from everyone save a few people who already know me well enough not to laugh. It's sort of my Chicken Soup for the Lazy-Ass Soul.</p> <p>It was the Warmup article in the March 2007 issue of Runner's World that really made me think. &quot;Home Run&quot; introduces us to Brent Ion, a marathoner who is also a part of a homeless advocacy group in Palm Beach County, Florida. Brent started a running group for the homeless citizens of Palm Beach County, hoping to reach people with drug addictions and teach them about how structure and discipline can lead to accomplishments and self-confidence.</p> <p>Homeless people who have joined Ion's group, known as the HomeTeam, have found that running and marathon training has helped them overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol. Even though many of them admit that they only joined because each HomeTeam member gets a free pair of sneakers, these people have overcome meth, cocaine, and alcohol addictions as a part of their training and friendship.</p> <h2>Switching Addictions</h2> <p>Something that isn't mentioned in the article, however, is the idea of switching addictions. There is such a thing as a positive addiction. I know this, because once in my life, for a very limited time, I was addicted to running.</p> <p>When I say that it was for a limited time, I mean really limited. When I got addicted to running, I was in high school. I started running around the inside of my school after class was out. A lot of sports teams did this when the snow got too deep outside, and I sort of went at my own pace and pondered the meaning of high school life. It wasn't too bad &mdash; I found that if my mind wandered to other things, I could run a mile without feeling it.</p> <p>After a few weeks, I was feeling pretty good. And then one day in gym class during our jogging warm-up, I experienced a runner's high. It felt GREAT. I had never had one before, and it was so exhilarating. Even though we were supposed to be lifting weights that day, my P.E. teacher allowed me to just run laps around the gym for the whole hour. The strange thing was that I didn't want to do anything BUT run, and the elation that I felt when running stayed with me for a long time.</p> <p>About a week later, my appendix burst, and that pretty much put an end to my running career. It took me a long, long time to be able to climb the stairs again without seeing spots, and I never really started running again.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Such Thing as a &quot;Good&quot; Addiction?</h2> <p>But back to the addicts in Runner's World. Brent Ion, the guy who headed up the group, started running in 1998 to help him kick his addiction to nicotine. From what I can tell, it seems that Brent traded one habit for another - he took up a positive addiction in lieu of a negative one. And all of his recruits seem to be doing the same thing.</p> <p>Running as an addiction isn't a new idea.&nbsp;Other people have managed to form different positive addictions. Many smokers find that their nervous fidgeting can be calmed by crafty undertakings.</p> <p>Of course, calling yourself a &quot;running addict&quot; can be construed as annoyingly cutesy, or a sign that someone has an exercise addiction. If someone can't stop running, then that's not a good thing either, but my guess is that exercise addiction is more rare than, say, alcoholism. And it's probably not a stretch to say that people who replace a bad addiction with a good one, like running or knitting or whatever, probably have the need to keep participating in their good addiction, less they feel the pull of the old, bad addictions too strongly.</p> <h2>Moo-lah</h2> <p>Thus, addicts have an impetus for remaining active, or crafty. The best part, from my standpoint, is the money saved.</p> <p>The best part about a positive addiction (or a replacement habit, or whatever you want to call it) is that the replacement habits are usually inexpensive. Unless you go from, say, cocaine addiction to model train obsession, then you're probably saving a bundle.</p> <p>The cost of smoking varies depending on how much you smoke, but a conservative estimate of the yearly cost in cigarettes alone is upwards of $1,700 a year. And that's among the cheaper addictions, really. Alcoholism is an even more expensive addiction to suffer from, even before counting the cost of healthcare associated with treating the disease.</p> <p>Running, juggling, knitting, bird watching, obsessive Scrabble playing; these habits are virtually free after initial investment of maybe $100 or so (knitters: stay away from the alpaca yarns &mdash; that's where they getcha).</p> <p>I don't have any truly health-threatening addictions, unless you count caffeine and sloth, so I'm hoping to replace sloth with running. I went for my first run last night. Maybe &quot;run&quot; is a bit of a stretch. I went for my first &quot;jog for a block, walk and gasp for a block,&quot; but I'm hoping to turn it into an addiction if I can.&nbsp;</p> <p>I should mention that I obviously don't advocate that people with very serious drug addictions merely get up and start running all over the place. Even more common addictions, such a nicotine, can be helped immensely through medication and medical intervention. And they always say that you should start an exercise program only after consulting your doctor, so consult away.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/switching-addictions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Read This First.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-starting-or-jumpstarting-your-exercise-regimen">Tips For Starting (Or Jumpstarting) Your Exercise Regimen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-getting-the-best-morning-workout">7 Tips for Getting the Best Morning Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-run-your-first-5k">How to Run Your First 5K</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exercising-in-a-winter-wonderland-how-to-be-fit-and-frugal">Exercising in a Winter Wonderland: How to Be Fit and Frugal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty addiction alcoholism drug abuse exercise jogging juggling lazy nicotine quit smoking race Runner's World running sloth training Tue, 06 Feb 2007 18:28:56 +0000 Andrea Karim 252 at http://www.wisebread.com Successful New Year's Resolutions http://www.wisebread.com/successful-new-years-resolutions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/successful-new-years-resolutions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000048308512_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="champagne glasses fireworks" title="champagne glasses fireworks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that the Christmas festivities are over, the next order of business is the new year. That means resolutions.</p> <p>Frankly, I'm tired of New Year's resolutions. I make them every year. I break them every year, often forgetting the resolutions by Martin Luther King Day.</p> <p>On the other hand, there are plenty of bad habits I'd like to get rid off before my next birthday in September. So here I am, finalizing my New Year's resolutions strategy. Let's see if we can break the losing streak in nought seven.</p> <p>I have two lofty goals for 2007:</p> <ul> <li>Get some exercise.</li> <li>Quit smoking.</li> </ul> <p>I agonized before typing those words. I'm an introvert, super lazy, and smoke like a chimney. Trust me when I tell you I'm scared as hell sharing these resolutions. Given my track record of not finishing what I start, there's a good chance of failure.</p> <p>But if I'm serious about growing as a person, not smelling like Uncle Joe's burnt ribs all the time, and not having to sit down every 10 feet, putting these resolutions out in public is the best thing I can do.</p> <p>So here's the game plan...</p> <h2>1. Aim for Something You Can Track</h2> <p>&quot;Lose weight&quot; or &quot;get more exercise&quot; are nice resolutions and all, but without specifics to focus on, they're doomed from the get go.&nbsp;Can you aim for a number or other measurable goal? The more focused the resolution, the easier it is to succeed.</p> <p>Instead of &quot;be healthier,&quot; how about one of these more specific resolutions?</p> <ul> <li>Take a 20 minute walk everyday after lunch.</li> <li>Run a seven-minute mile.</li> <li>Finish the company10k in an hour.</li> <li>Lose 20 pounds.</li> </ul> <p>For the exercising resolution, my trackable goal is 120 days in the gym. I want to be generally healthier, get more exercise, and have more energy. Factoring in my schedule and overall laziness, an average of three times a week at the gym is a hard, but achievable goal.</p> <p>For the quit smoking resolution, my trackable goal is to have 30 consecutive smoke free days within three months.</p> <h2>2. Set a Deadline &mdash; The Sooner, the Better</h2> <p>A deadline far off in the distance is quickly forgotten. Without a deadline, you may find yourself making the same resolutions year after year.</p> <p>For my goal of exercising at least three days a week, I need to get 120 days in the gym in a whole year (365 days). Hmm, looking at that big 1-2-0 number is kinda scary and having a deadline so far away (Dec 31, 2007) makes it easy to ignore the resolution for just another day.</p> <p>That really increases my chances of failure. I think I need to add a three-month milestone of 30 days in the gym by April 1. Doesn't seem so hard now, and hopefully by April, getting some exercise has become an indispensable habit that I'll continue for the rest of the year and beyond.</p> <h2>3. Be Accountable to Someone You Don't Want to Let Down</h2> <p>Having to tell someone whose opinion you respect when you've succeeded (or failed) is a big incentive.</p> <p>Remember that deadline? You can combine tips two and three into one &quot;I finally accomplished a resolution!&quot; party. Make that date <em>at the beginning</em> of the year!</p> <p>For me, I'm being accountable to you, the Internet. I figure you, dear Internet, are the scariest person I can be accountable to. God help me.</p> <h2>4. Use the Buddy System</h2> <p>The buddy system works for keeping us safe. It also works for keeping us motivated.&nbsp;Find a friend who wants what you want. Both of you now have a fighting chance of keeping this year's resolution.</p> <p>I have a buddy for both resolutions. There's plenty of people looking to quit smoking and/or get more exercise.</p> <h2>5. Do a 30 Day Challenge</h2> <p>I learned about the 30 day challenge from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/04/30-days-to-success/">Steve Pavlina</a>. It's a way to trick yourself into not being scared of the commitment. Steve says,</p> <blockquote><p>It seems too overwhelming to think about making a big change and sticking with it every day for the rest of your life when you&rsquo;re still habituated to doing the opposite. The more you think about the change as something permanent, the more you stay put.</p> </blockquote> <p>That summarizes how I feel about the quit smoking challenge. I love smoking. It's great after a meal. Or in the mornings with a soy latte and the New York Times. Trade that in for mood swings and cravings so strong I want to claw my eyes out? That's crazy talk.</p> <p>I'm using the 30 day challenge to track the nicotine intake. To break it down into a manageable chunk. I'm not going to be smoke free every day, but 30 consecutive smoke free days within the first three months is doable. One month, four weeks, 30 days. No biggie.</p> <h2>6. Visualize the Result</h2> <p>Why are you making this resolution? It's not because you suddenly hate chocolate and all things sugary. It's because you want to fit into those jeans. More than that, it's because you want the sweet ego-boosting adulation from all those around. Think about the sweet adulation, not the velvety sweetness of cheesecake.</p> <p>For me, the goal is to not be out of breath walking from my car up the stairs to my apartment. That's not a very sexy goal to visualize, so I imagine myself chasing down a purse snatcher and being everybody's hero. And not coughing up a lung every morning.</p> <h2>7. Reward Yourself</h2> <p>Give yourself something awesome to look forward to.&nbsp;If you're quitting smoking, calculate how much money you saved and splurge on yourself.</p> <p>I spent roughly $700 on cigarettes a year. At the end of the year, I'm going to take that money and buy my friends a nice meal. (I seem to have Andrea's <a href="/can-i-conquer-my-vanity-for-the-sake-of-my-sanity">selfish need to be selfless</a>.)</p> <p>I'm picturing a fat, juicy filet, medium rare, and a side of sweet potato casserole (with pecan crust) at <a href="http://www.ruthschris.com">Ruth's Chris</a>.</p> <h2>8. Start Rright Away</h2> <p>If you don't start on January 1, your chance of success drops. So start immediately!</p> <p>I think starting on the January 2 is okay. We'll need a day off to recover from the hangover. Don't put it off too long, or you'll be making the same resolution next year.</p> <p>I have a sneaking suspicion I have some kind of attention deficit disorder, though never formally diagnosed. If I put something off for a couple of days, forget about it. Seriously, just forget about it. It's gone forever.</p> <p>If you need some ideas, here are the top 10 New Year's resolutions.</p> <ol> <li>Lose Weight and Get in Better Physical Shape</li> <li>Stick to a Budget</li> <li>Debt Reduction</li> <li>Enjoy More Quality Time with Family &amp; Friends</li> <li>Find My Soul Mate</li> <li>Quit Smoking</li> <li>Find a Better Job</li> <li>Learn Something New</li> <li>Volunteer and Help Others</li> <li>Get Organized</li> </ol> <p><em>What's your New <strike>Year's</strike> life resolution?</em><i><br /> </i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/greg-go">Greg Go</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/successful-new-years-resolutions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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