healthy living http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/569/all en-US Health Risks and 5 Other Secrets Barcodes Can Tell You http://www.wisebread.com/health-risks-and-5-other-secrets-barcodes-can-tell-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/health-risks-and-5-other-secrets-barcodes-can-tell-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_23544435_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="scanning a barcode for information" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The humble barcode has been a <a href="http://www.barcode.ro/tutorials/barcodes/history.html">regular part of grocery store shopping since 1974</a>, with the first ever product being scanned on June 26th of that year. Since then, they have become almost invisible, with some <a href="http://www.demilked.com/cool-and-creative-bar-code-designs/">package designs finding ingenious ways</a> to hide or dress up their somewhat garish appearance.</p> <p>However, with smartphones and apps now becoming a part of our everyday lives, the importance of barcodes is changing. Now, instead of being something the store uses to track inventory, the code can be a great way to find out much more about the product itself. From secrets about the product's manufacturer, to allergy information and user reviews, here are six amazing things that barcodes can tell you.</p> <h2>1. What People Actually Think of the Product</h2> <p>Before you make a big purchasing decision, perhaps on a vacation, car, or TV, you research the reviews and see what people really think. When it comes to grocery items, however, most people don't have the time or energy to sit in front of a computer trawling the web for the latest consumer opinions on detergents or frozen foods. But now, if you have any doubts at all, you can scan the barcode of the product and find out what people really think of it.</p> <p>For example, apps like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/openlabel/id585072021?mt=8">OpenLabel</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/purchx-reviews-product-barcode/id519874080?mt=8">Purchx</a> let you scan the label and read through reviews of the products you'll find in the typical grocery store aisles. A particularly interesting feature of OpenLabel is the ability to create an &quot;honest&quot; label for other people to read, highlighting things that you think other consumers should know. And Purchx has been called the &quot;Yelp for products,&quot; with a database of over 3 million products reviewed by consumers just like you. With a barcode and a scanning app, you can literally tap into a vast collective user base of no-holds-barred opinions.</p> <h2>2. Instant Price Comparisons Across Multiple Stores</h2> <p>One of the many issues facing customers these days is buyer's remorse, particularly upon finding out that another store has the exact same product for much less than you just paid. You can always try going back to the store for a price match, or returning the item and buying the lower-priced product later. But, that's all a lot of hassle.</p> <p>Instead, using the power of your smartphone and the net, you can scan barcodes and instantly see what the price is for this item at hundreds of different stores. Apps like <a href="http://shopsavvy.com/">ShopSavvy</a> and <a href="https://www.buyvia.com/">BuyVia</a> give you access to a huge database of products, and after scanning the barcode in-store, you can see exactly what the product is going for, including shipping fees where applicable. You can also use this information to get an instant price-match in the store (ToysRUs is very good for this), and can set price alerts if you want to know when the item goes on sale, or dips below a price you specify.</p> <h2>3. Real (and Harmful) Ingredients in a Product</h2> <p>Want to know what's really hiding behind those complicated chemical names printed on the ingredient label? Well, there are myriad apps available to help you decode them, letting you know in plain English just what is hiding behind the label. <a href="http://www.goodguide.com/">GoodGuide</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/chemical-cuisine">Chemical Cuisine</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/">ThinkDirty</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ewg.org/apps/">HealthyLiving</a>,&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.foodfacts.com/">Food Facts</a> give you the ingredients in ways that are easy to understand. Chemical Cuisine has a ratings system, ranging from &quot;safe&quot; to &quot;avoid,&quot; and it can be eye-opening. For example, adipic acid is on the safe list, whereas benzoic acid should be avoided by certain people. Beverages, condiments, frozen meals, and soups are covered. Some of these apps will also suggest healthier, or better, alternatives to the product you're scanning.</p> <h2>4. Potential Allergy Issues</h2> <p>Nuts. Dairy. Gluten. Egg. If you or someone in your family has an allergy to a certain type of food, it can make shopping for food as arduous as finding a needle in a haystack. Every label has to be read, just in case (although more and more manufacturers are now plainly displaying potential allergy issues on the label).</p> <p>If you want to make this process a whole lot quicker and easier, use an app that scans for allergy issues. Apps like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipiit-food-ambassador-grocery/id536930786?mt=8">Ipiit</a> and <a href="http://www.contentchecked.com/">Content Checked</a> are customizable based on your specific allergy requirements. For instance, you may be fine with gluten, but need to steer clear of nuts and dairy. Select those issues, scan the barcode, and the app will let you know if a product is good to go, or if you should avoid it. Of course, nothing is foolproof, as <a href="http://snacksafely.com/2014/12/barcode-scanning-apps-what-they-dont-know-can-hurt-you/">SnackSafely.com reported back in 2014</a>. By now, the apps will have collected far more information and should have a much more thorough database of foods and allergens, but as always, you use these apps at your own risk.</p> <h2>5. Sustainability and Environmental Impact</h2> <p>These days, most of us try and do our bit for the environment. We want to choose products that are environmentally friendly, and made from sustainable resources. But without committing to hours and hours of research, it's not easy to be an Earth-conscious consumer. Technology once again comes to the rescue, with apps like <a href="http://www.goodguide.com/">GoodGuide</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/social-impact/id517457987?mt=8">Social Impact</a>. GoodGuide can uncover a wealth of information with just a quick scan of the product's barcode, delivering comprehensive information on just how green the product it is, and how healthy and safe it is, too. Products are ranked out of 10, and also use a handy color-coded system to show you what you're buying. Green is go, red is stop, and yellow is &quot;well, let your conscience be your guide&hellip; but don't say we didn't warn you.&quot;</p> <h2>6. If the Product Is Made Under Ethical Conditions</h2> <p>It's awful to even think about, but child labor, forced employment, and slavery exist even today. You just have to look at a pair of shoes with an $8.99 price tag to know that someone, somewhere, is suffering to achieve that insanely low price. But it's not always easy to tell, especially if the price of the product seems to justify decent working conditions, and the brand name feels trustworthy. Well, now you don't have to guess. There are several apps and browser plugins that will let you drill down into the manufacturing details of the product in question, giving you ratings for the ethical conditions under which the product was made. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Free2Work/">Free2Work</a> and <a href="http://ethicalbarcode.com/">Ethical Barcode</a> can show you if the product is tested on animals, or if it was flagged for being made using child labor.</p> <p><em>Have you discovered a barcode-scanning app that uncovers more information about the product you're buying? Let us know. </em><em><br /> </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/health-risks-and-5-other-secrets-barcodes-can-tell-you">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-2"> <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/earn-more-interest-by-reducing-savings-friction">Earn More Interest by Reducing Savings Friction</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/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</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/could-you-save-money-by-subscribing-to-an-addictive-game">Could you save money by subscribing to an addictive game?</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/flashback-friday-143-fun-and-frugal-ways-to-spend-your-weekend">Flashback Friday: 143 Fun and Frugal Ways to Spend Your Weekend</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/how-to-keep-your-kids-rich-friends-from-ruining-your-budget">How to Keep Your Kid&#039;s Rich Friends From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Lifestyle apps barcode scanner barcodes health and fitness health apps healthy living qr codes Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:30:15 +0000 Paul Michael 1784334 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Side Jobs for Athletic Types http://www.wisebread.com/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_90977917_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="great side job for athletic types" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to stay active in your personal <em>and</em> professional life? Turn your sweat equity into actual equity with these nine side jobs for athletic types. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types?ref=seealso">12 Great Side Jobs for Outdoorsy Types</a>)</p> <h2>1. Writing Fitness Content</h2> <p>If you have decent writing skills, try your hand at writing fitness articles for print publications (credibility helps in this regard; a degree or certifications will get you further) or blogs. There's no shortage of fitness-based sites that publish editorial content, and if you add those to general lifestyle sites that push out content about fitness, you have a lot of resources to tap into to get started.</p> <h2>2. Local Coaching</h2> <p>Help shape a future generation of athletes by becoming a coach in your area. Some leagues run year-round &mdash; whether it's a kids' rec league or a social sports league for adults &mdash; and you can switch it up from season to season if you'd like, depending on your skills and availability.</p> <p>&quot;Coaching gives you the ability to build yourself up as the authority figure in your local niche and share the experience you have acquired over the course of your athletic career,&quot; says aspiring Olympian Sirena Alise, who has served as a coach in the past. &quot;It's a great way to segue into a professional career after your athletic career comes to an end. It is also a great way to give back to your community and help build the athlete in someone else if you love sharing knowledge.&quot;</p> <p>Janae Cardona is the owner of a cheering organization, and she says they're always on the lookout for great coaches.</p> <p>&quot;Depending upon their skill set and if they're good with children, being a cheer coach or a tumbling instructor in the afternoons/evenings and/or weekends is a great side job,&quot; she says. &quot;Most of our coaches have a daytime job &mdash; many involve athletics, such as personal training &mdash; and work with us in the evenings and weekends.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Summer Camps</h2> <p>If you have the summers off for some lucky-duck reason, being a summer camp athletic director or coach might be up your alley. If you're hired at a sleepaway camp &mdash; which can run from four to eight weeks &mdash; you'll receive room and board, plus a decent wage. As an example, I was an art director at a summer camp in 2003, and I made about $3,000 for eight weeks while I lived and ate on campus for free. This may not be an ideal situation if you're trying to support a family of four at home, but if you're recently out of college it may be a legit solution.</p> <p>&quot;Athletic camps are a great way to make a lot of money, if done right, in a short amount of time,&quot; Alise suggests. &quot;Similar to coaching, camps are a great way to segue out if your athletic career comes to end. With both, you can build your clientele up and earn a respectable amount of income once you take either coaching or camps full time.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Modeling Gigs</h2> <p>Do you put in serious work at the gym to have a smokin' hot bod? You might be able to turn that dedication into dollar bills by looking for modeling gigs. You don't have to be in New York or L.A. to make this dream come true, either. Businesses in your area may need a physical specimen for an upcoming campaign. Keep an eye on the &quot;Gigs&quot; section of Craigslist, or reach out to companies with which you identify to see if they could use your assets in the future.</p> <h2>5. Brand Ambassadorships</h2> <p>If you can't find any coveted modeling gigs, brand ambassadorships may be the next best thing. The way this works, essentially, is that a brand will pay you to represent it &mdash; either in cash or free product &mdash; on social media platforms like Instagram. You'll certainly have a better chance of scoring one of these plush gigs if you fill out clothing nicely and/or you've amassed an enviable following on social media.</p> <p>&quot;I think the best side/part-time job for athletic and fitness orientated people would be to seek a brand ambassador position with a health or sports brand,&quot; says Joshua Schall, a fitness business strategy consultant in Austin, Texas. &quot;These types of positions get you access to great brands in the world you already love. A brand ambassador usually gets to pick his/her own hours and gets paid to attend sporting events, health fairs, or other events that are interesting to athletic people.&quot;</p> <p>Schall provides a few pointers on how to get started:</p> <ul> <li>Follow your favorite sports, health, and fitness brands on social media, because they usually post about needing help.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Visit local sports events that have vendor setups, health fairs, or sampling events at gyms and ask the brands if they need any help marketing.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Reach out to brands you love by email and let them know you would love to help them market their brand in your city.</li> </ul> <p>&quot;The main takeaway would be that a person is passionate, knowledgeable, and can express their value to a company that they love and enjoy already,&quot; he says.</p> <h2>6. Mowing Lawns</h2> <p>If you don't mind breaking a sweat &mdash; and then continuing to sweat all day long &mdash; lawn care is a money-making option that'll keep you on your feet. Signing up to mow lawns with companies like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lawnstarter.com">LawnStarter</a> can help bring the customers to you without you worrying about advertising or spending extra time during the week. There are plenty of top-notch providers on the LawnStarter platform that mow lawns on the side, so it's a great fit for anyone, whether they are full-time or part-time.</p> <h2>7. Referee Sports</h2> <p>If you prefer to be in the middle of the action &mdash; and have a hawk-eye to make the right calls &mdash; consider refereeing sports instead of coaching. Nearly all kids' sports leagues have the need for refs, and it can net you some decent cash if you do more than one game a weekend. There is a small upfront fee for registration/classes and a uniform, but you can quickly make back the expenses in a weekend.</p> <h2>8. Dog Running</h2> <p>You've heard of dog <em>walking</em>, of course, but have you heard of dog running? It's totally a thing, and you add that title to your resume if you love dogs and running.</p> <p>&quot;I work in the pet industry, and one side job I've seen work for people is to advertise themselves as dog runners,&quot; explains Matt Holden of Furlocity.com. &quot;Anyone with the time can walk their dog, but for those people with athletic breeds, not all of them are willing to expend the energy on those walks that the dog might need. Enter the dog runner!&quot;</p> <p>Holden says runners charge $20 a run and take a few dogs at a time. Not a bad way to stay in shape, and make some money while you do it.</p> <h2>9. Work at Your Gym</h2> <p>Are you always in the gym? Turn your time into money by asking what positions are available. They can likely use front desk help, but you may even segue into a career as a personal trainer as a result, if all goes well. Plus, you'll save money on your gym memberships since as an employee of the gym, you'll be granted access for free.</p> <p><em>Are there other side jobs for athletic types that you'd like to add? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types">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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But so many of us are pressed for time that we either skip lunch, get quick and easy fast food, or are utterly bored with the plain sandwich we brought from home.</p> <p>It's time to change that. Here are 106 delicious lunches that will make you excited to brown-bag it.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/63560539.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold?ref=fbf">These 10 Frugal Lunches Are Delicious Hot or Cold</a> &mdash; In the heat of the summer, who could ever get a hankering for soup? Well, cold soups are so in right now, and here are some other delicious lunches that taste good hot or cold.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch?ref=fbf">15 Ways to Make Brown Bagging It Better Than Buying Lunch</a> &mdash; When you buy lunch everyday, you spend way more money than you should. But it's hard to top the convenience and taste in a meal that's loaded in sugar and that you didn't have to make yourself. There are ways to make brown-bagging it way better, though, and they're all right here.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eating-5336068-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas?ref=fbf">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a> &mdash; With just a little planning, you can prep and pack a ton of easy lunches for the week. Oh, and they'll taste amazing, too!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a> &mdash; Who knew a basic can of tomato soup could be so versatile? It's true. So stock up on tomato soup and have some of the best lunches ever.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000017035986_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-cheap-spring-roll-wrappers-at-every-meal?ref=fbf">20 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Cheap Spring Roll Wrappers at Every Meal</a> &mdash; The wonderful thing about spring roll wrappers, is that you can put just about anything in them. I'm talking buffalo chicken, mac and cheese, or chili. And here are 17 more you'll absolutely love.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches?ref=fbf">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a> &mdash; Sandwiches are the most common option for lunch, as they're portable and uber affordable. However, don't let that be a daily routine, or you'll get sick of sandwiches quickly. Here are 25 excellent non-sandwich options.</p> <p><em>What are some other lunch hacks we should try? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">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/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</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/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer</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/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</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/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</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/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink bag lunch brown bag fbf flashback friday Food food hacks healthy living lunch lunch hacks recipes Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1732948 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_drinking_coffee_000080906057.jpg" alt="Woman using coffee hacks that improve her morning" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most mornings, for most people, are basically a nightmare. That is, until the first drop of glorious java touches our tongues. Then the world is a much better place. Coffee is such an important part of our daily routines, so why should we ever settle for overpriced coffee that isn't as tasty as it could be? Here are 41 coffee hacks that will instantly brighten your day.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_drinking_coffee_000052198132.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee?ref=fbf">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a> &mdash; There are lots of scenarios in which &quot;you get what you pay for&quot; is an accurate consumer mindset to have. Coffee does not have to be one of them. Save your hard-earned money and get your morning cuppa joe for less.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home?ref=fbf">Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home</a> &mdash; If you're a loyal home-brewer, you're already a winner in frugal living. But don't settle for bland coffee when you brew a cup at home that tastes better than any barista could make. Step up your coffee game!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000016525303_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself?ref=fbf">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</a> &mdash; Starbucks has so many delicious caffeinated treats, it's a little intimidating to try to recreate any of them at home. But you can! And these four are just as good as the in-store versions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee?ref=fbf">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</a> &mdash; When people go French Press, they hardly ever go back. Perfect your pressin' skills and make the best coffee you've ever had, with this handy guide.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_barista_coffee_000059553918.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-starbucks-savings-hacks-that-actually-work?ref=fbf">7 Starbucks Savings Hacks That Actually Work</a> &mdash; If going into Starbucks each morning is more your style, then asking for &quot;half ice&quot; and bringing your own cup are just two of the ways you can save big on your Starbucks budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free?ref=fbf">8 Ways to Get Your Morning Coffee for Free</a> &mdash; Take those coffee savings one step further by resolving to pay zero dollars on your daily cup using these incredibly brilliant savings hacks. Because nothing compares to the taste coffee you didn't have to pay for, am I right?</p> <p><em>What are some other coffee hacks we should try? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">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/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</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/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</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/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</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/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</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/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink breakfast breakfast hacks coffee coffee hacks fbf flashback friday Food food hacks healthy living Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1728083 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 53 Beauty Hacks You Have to Try This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-53-beauty-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-53-beauty-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hat_summer_000062616340.jpg" alt="Woman trying beauty hacks this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is a tough time for beauty. Humidity makes your hair turn into a nest of frizz, sweat makes your makeup run, and sunburns can really mess up your skin (as well as lead to scary potential health risks). But on the upside, it's the perfect time to minimize your beauty routine, do more with less, go au naturel, and become more confident in the gorgeous, real you.</p> <p>Here are the 53 best beauty hacks you should try this summer.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_beauty_rules_000034808610.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-rules-you-should-be-breaking?ref=fbf">6 Beauty Rules You Should Be Breaking</a> &mdash; These are rules we're all conditioned to follow, even though they're absolute BS. Well, it's time to tap into your rebellious side and ditch these beauty rules. Because they're only holding back your full beauty potential.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work?ref=fbf">7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work</a> &mdash; Believe it or not, some of the best beauty products can be made with ingredients found in your cupboard or fridge. And all of these are perfect for your delicate summer skin.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/makeup-154417038-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-beauty-tricks-to-hide-your-flaws-not-that-you-have-any?ref=fbf">8 Easy Beauty Tricks to Hide Your Flaws (Not That You Have Any!)</a> &mdash; Since heavy makeup tends to run and fade on hot summer days, here are ways to cover up blemishes and uneven skin tones without piling on the products.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful?ref=fbf">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You (More) Beautiful</a> &mdash; Instead of using citrus fruits to make a DIY face mask, actually eat it instead! Yes, it's true. You can eat more <em>and</em> look better. Not a bad deal, eh?</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_at_beach_000032786684.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer?ref-fbf">18 Beauty Tips and Hacks for Summer</a> &mdash; Did you know that sunscreen has an expiration date? And that shampooing less frequently will make your summer locks shinier and healthier? True and true. These summer beauty hacks will help you survive the summer heat will still looking fab.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin?ref=fbf">7 Beauty Mistakes That May Be Ruining Your Skin</a> &mdash; Do not step outside without slathering on the SPF. Keep the skin products to a minimum and keep your skin safe and healthy this summer with these essential beauty rules.</p> <p><em>What are some other beauty hacks that are perfect for summer? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-53-beauty-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">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/flashback-friday-the-118-best-beauty-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 118 Best Beauty Hacks of All Time</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/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</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/flashback-friday-70-brilliant-ways-to-beat-the-heat-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 70 Brilliant Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer</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/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</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/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty beauty beauty hacks beauty tips fbf flashback friday healthy living summer Fri, 27 May 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1717928 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_watermelon_000070809455.jpg" alt="Woman trying amazing food hacks this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The best part of summer isn't the warmer weather, or the days spent lounging on the beach. It's the food. Summer food is fresh, light, and often grilled to perfection. Whether it's produce, meat, or a bowl of ice cream, everything just tastes better in the summer. So to kick your summer food game up a notch, give the following summer food hacks a try. You will not be disappointed.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grilled_vegetable_kabobs_000020035070.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=fbf">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a> &mdash; The grill is not just a place for meat. Pretty much anything can be tossed on the grill, especially veggies. And you won't even notice the lack of meat in these grilled veggie dishes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill?ref=fbf">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a> &mdash; Summer is ready, set, and itching to get the go ahead from Memorial Day weekend. And the best way to kick off the best season of the year is with these early summer dishes that are yummy and grill-friendly.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000088024237_Large_1.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling?ref=fbf">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a> &mdash; With the charcoal or gas, and the constant bulk buying of meat, buns, and produce, grilling can be a costly way to cook. But before you start emptying your wallet for this summer pleasure, check out these smart ways to save on grilling season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes?ref=fbf">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a> &mdash; Ice cream is a summer staple, but those sugary calories can add up quickly. But these substitutes are healthier, and equally as refreshing as your classic ice cream.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies?ref=fbf">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</a> &mdash; From zucchini fries to hot pepper relish, and grilled tomato gazpacho, you can use in-season summer veggies to make some of the best meals you've ever had. Enjoy!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000060439792_Large%20%281%29.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a> &mdash; If you're looking to give the Raw Food lifestyle a try, then whip up these summer raw recipes. Trendy diets are often very restrictive and no fun at all, but any diet where you can eat sushi, guacamole, and almond butter doesn't sound so bad at all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer?ref=fbf">10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer</a> &mdash; You might think that grilling is simply the act of putting food on a grill and making sure it doesn't turn into a burned ball of charcoal. But it's so much more than that. Master the art of grilling this summer with these brilliant tricks.</p> <p><em>What other summer foods are you excited to try? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">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/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</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/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</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/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</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/flashback-friday-celebrate-national-slow-cooking-month-with-these-95-crock-pot-dishes">Flashback Friday: Celebrate National Slow Cooking Month With These 95 Crock Pot Dishes</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/flashback-friday-wise-breads-88-best-food-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: Wise Bread&#039;s 88 Best Food Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink fbf flashback friday food hacks healthy eating healthy living recipes summer food Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:03 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1713533 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways Life Is Wonderful When You're a Good Driver http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-youre-a-good-driver <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-youre-a-good-driver" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_driver_000051470206.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways life is wonderful as a good driver" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This post brought to you by <a href="https://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C858%7C3098&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Ftags.bluekai.com%2Fsite%2F33111%3Fredir%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fbob.dmpxs.com%252Fbob_007.gif%253Fphnx_id%253D105604%2526atype%253Dclick%2526bk_uuid%253D%2524_BK_UUID%2526bobredir%253Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fad.doubleclick.net%252Fddm%252Fclk%252F305005927%253B132382872%253Bc%253Fhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.progressive.com%252Flp%252Fauto-save%252F%253Fcode%253D9903600564%252526dclid%25253D%252525n-1384245-5108844-132382872-305005927-%252525erid%21" rel="nofollow">Progressive</a>. 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If no, keep reading to learn more about how the care you take behind the wheel can pay dividends that you may not even be aware of.</p> <h2>1. You and Your Loved Ones Are Safer</h2> <p>Let&rsquo;s get the obvious out of the way first: Bad driving is responsible for <a href="http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pubs/812115.pdf">94% of car crashes</a>. By avoiding poor decisions such as speeding or driving drunk, and avoiding distractions and being vigilant about driving defensively, you make it much less likely that you or a loved one will be injured in a car crash.</p> <h2>2. You Pay Less for Car Insurance</h2> <p>In order to qualify for the lowest insurance premiums, you need a clean record without crashes or tickets. Ask for a good driver&rsquo;s discount or other perks like &nbsp;<a href="https://www.progressive.com/auto/why-choose-progressive-insurance/">accident forgiveness</a> when negotiating rates and if you do get a moving violation, get rid of the point by attending traffic school before it affects your premium.</p> <h2>3. You&rsquo;re Healthier</h2> <p>Engaging in aggressive driving, commonly known as &ldquo;road rage,&rdquo; has been shown to have a <a href="http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/08/30/how-to-control-road-rage">negative effect on your health</a>. As you inevitably get into conflicts with other drivers, your stress levels will rise, to the detriment of your immune system, your cardiovascular system, and your emotional wellbeing.</p> <h2>4. You Spend Less at the Pump</h2> <p>Speeding doesn&rsquo;t actually save much time &mdash;&nbsp;going 10 miles faster on a 20 mile trip gets you there all of <a href="http://personal.denison.edu/~silveira/speeding.html">three minutes faster</a>. But slowing down can save you a lot of money.</p> <p>In one case study, a speedy driver saved about four minutes an hour &mdash;&nbsp;at the cost of <a href="http://blog.automatic.com/cost-speeding-save-little-time-spend-lot-money/">$46 more in gas each month</a>.</p> <h2>5. You Learn Life Lessons</h2> <p>Good driving habits just happen to be the same behaviors we need to do well in life, so why not practice them during your commute?</p> <p>The blog <a href="http://www.drivingintherealworld.com/journal/2015/5/1/how-being-a-better-driver-makes-you-better-at-life.html">Driving in the Real World</a> points out that all safe driving tactics have their big-picture equivalents. For example, it&rsquo;s a good idea to keep a safe distance between yourself and other cars on the road, just as it&rsquo;s a good idea to give yourself a time cushion to avoid being late for work. And when other people behave badly, whether it&rsquo;s on the road or at work, it&rsquo;s safer and healthier to just let it go.</p> <h2>6. You Have Better Employment Prospects</h2> <p>There is a long list of jobs that a ticket for reckless driving may disqualify you for, including police officer, <a href="https://about.usps.com/handbooks/el312/el312c5_006.htm">mail carrier</a>, babysitter, and (of course) commercial driver. If you&rsquo;ve been convicted of driving under the influence, things could be even worse, especially if you <a href="https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ash/ash_programs/investigations/airmen_duidwi/">are or want to be a pilot</a>.</p> <h2>7. You May Have a Better Credit Score</h2> <p>Higher insurance premiums aren&rsquo;t the only way reckless driving can cost you. There are financial costs involved for receiving a citation, getting a DUI, and of course getting in an accident, especially if your insurance plan has a high deductible. Fail to pay any of these bills on time, and there goes your credit rating.</p> <h2>8. Your Kids Will Become Safer Drivers</h2> <p>Teens who report that their parents are not safe drivers are more likely to get tickets or have crashes themselves, <a href="http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2014/01/16/242923.htm">a survey found</a>.</p> <h2>9. You Have Better Dating Prospects</h2> <p>This might surprise you, but a <a href="http://www.perrys.co.uk/car-news/news/bad-driving-damage-love-life/">survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists</a> ranked road rage and texting while driving as the most offensive things someone could do on a first date. Apparently, singles value the prospect of staying alive until that goodnight kiss.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no more excuses not to be a good driver when the benefits are clear. Safe driving!</p> <p>*National average annual car insurance savings by new customers surveyed who saved with Progressive in 2015.</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="https://vc.cdn.fm/video_conversationalist/system/published/opportunity/105604858/289_3098.js"></script> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-youre-a-good-driver">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-2"> <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/repair-the-car-or-spend-the-cash">Repair the Car or Spend the Cash?</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/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health</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/is-mechanical-breakdown-insurance-worth-it">Is Mechanical Breakdown Insurance Worth It?</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-tell-if-a-car-service-plan-is-worth-it">How to Tell If a Car Service Plan Is Worth It</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/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation car insurance good driver good driver discount Health healthy living Tue, 17 May 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1711685 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000059795628_Large.jpg" alt="travel is good for your health" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>People have always said that travel is food for the soul, and that it broadens the mind, but what does it do for one's health? Recent studies have shown that taking annual vacations and spending more time on the road can reduce heart disease, increase libido, and even lengthen lifespans, in some cases. Here are five ways that travel can be beneficial for your health, with the scientific studies to back them up.</p> <h2>1. It Prevents Dementia and Alzheimer's</h2> <p>The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, the U.S. Travel Association, and the Global Commission on Aging conducted a study in late 2015 and their findings were staggering. A poll revealed that travel can significantly <a href="http://www.transamericacenter.org/docs/default-source/resources/travel-survey/tcrs2013_sr_travel_and_aging.pdf">reduce the risk of dementia</a> and Alzheimer's Disease, especially in retirees.</p> <p>Travel helps the brain by forcing it to deal with new environments, smells, scents, and sounds. By shocking your brain with new experiences on a regular basis, you can effectively build new synapses. One of the best cerebral exercises is culture shock. By traveling more frequently, you're essentially giving your brain a workout and helping it to build these vital connections on a daily basis.</p> <p>Alzheimer's is known to destroy synapses, but if you have a healthy brain with strong cellular formations and a thick cortex (such as one built by frequent culture shock), the effects of the disease can be minimized or even halted, in some cases.</p> <h2>2. It Can Save Your Heart</h2> <p>According to the results of the same study mentioned above, men who don't take annual vacations are at a 20% greater risk of death from any cause and a 30% higher risk of dying from heart disease. Women were also tested and the outcome showed that women who travel less than once every six years are at a substantially higher risk of heart attack when compared to those who travel twice a year.</p> <p>A second study, known as the Framingham Heart Study, tested women between the ages of 45-64 and asked them how often they traveled. And 20 years later, they followed up with the same women and they found that those who had said they traveled more often were less likely to have heart problems. They also found that <a href="https://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/">travel helped with blood pressure</a> and overall health.</p> <h2>3. It Spurs Your Creativity</h2> <p>Now that we understand how travel can build new synapses in the brain to help reduce the risk of mental disorders like Alzheimer's and dementia, it's no surprise that exercising your brain can also increase your overall mental health, and even help your creativity.</p> <p>Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School and the author of numerous studies on the connection between creativity and travel, says that &quot;Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms.&quot; In other wards, travel helps us recognize connections between things we normally wouldn't connect.</p> <p>His most recent study, conducted in February of 2015, showed that the more countries people have lived and traveled in, the more creative their minds tend to be. Galinsky claims that the effects are not so cut and dry, however.</p> <p>He states that the key to <a href="http://amj.aom.org/content/58/1/195.abstract">mental stimulation through travel</a> is multicultural engagement, immersion, and adaptation. A person who lives in another country and actively engages in the culture will likely enjoy a stronger creative boost than someone who simply travels to lay on a beach.</p> <p>He says: &quot;Going to Cancun for spring break probably won't make a person any more creative, but going to Cancun and living with local fishermen might.&quot;</p> <h2>4. It Helps You Be More Productive</h2> <p>You may think that working through your holidays is actually helping you to get ahead, but studies have shown that the exact opposite is true. People who take less than three holiday days per year, are far less likely to complete their annual goals.</p> <p>According to a study conducted on 971 employees by the U.S. Travel Association in October 2013, Americans who haven't taken all of their holidays tend to have lower productivity, poorer morale, and decreased health.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the same study showed that 34% of employees said that their employer didn't encourage them to take time off and 17% of managers surveyed considered their employees &quot;less dedicated&quot; if they chose to take vacations.</p> <p>This national disconnect is a large part of the reason why hardworking North Americans consider Europeans to be &quot;lazy,&quot; when in fact, their extended holidays probably make them more productive at work.</p> <h2>5. It Reduces Stress and Increases Happiness</h2> <p>We all know that a stressful life can lead to all sorts of health complications. By taking annual vacations, you are more likely to relieve the stress and tension of your day-to-day life, making you feel more rejuvenated after returning to work.</p> <p>The same study conducted by the Global Commission on Aging, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and the U.S. Travel Association, showed that nine out of 10 people showed signs of significant stress reduction within just a day or two of being on vacation.</p> <p>Nearly 90% of those people tested also showed signs of having a more positive outlook on life and on the world.</p> <p>Another study conducted by the San Francisco State University revealed that <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/sfsu-cte032814.php">people are actually happier</a> when they spend their money on travel, rather than material possessions. One study showed that even though people thought that a purchase would bring them happiness, most respondents reported that spending money on life experiences actually ended up making them happier than material purchases and was &quot;the better value.&quot;</p> <p>Who doesn't want to be happy and healthy? Travel is the cure to many ailments, not the least of which are naivety and intolerance. By traveling more, you will broaden your mind and open your heart, but you can potentially extend your life and prevent deadly disease, as well. So get out there and explore... It's good for you.</p> <p><em>How has travel improved your life? Share with us in the comments.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Ways%20Science%20Says%20Travel%20Is%20Good%20for%20Your%20Health.jpg&amp;description=5%20Ways%20Science%20Says%20Travel%20Is%20Good%20for%20Your%20Health" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Ways%20Science%20Says%20Travel%20Is%20Good%20for%20Your%20Health.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/goats-on-the-road">Goats on the Road</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">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-2"> <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/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</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-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</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/get-enough-sleep">Get enough sleep</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-travel-this-holiday-season-without-getting-sick">How to Travel This Holiday Season Without Getting Sick</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/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you">People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel disease prevention good for you Health healthy living science travel perks wanderlust Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:01:03 +0000 Goats on the Road 1694625 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Exercise Mats http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-exercise-mats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_excerise_mats_000043211204.jpg" alt="Women using the best exercise mats during workout" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A quality exercise mat is a staple item in any home gym. Whether you like to stretch in the morning, do yoga at night, or follow a home fitness regimen, you need an exercise mat. There are different exercise mats for different purposes. You can choose the right size, thickness, and texture to fit your personal preferences and fitness needs.</p> <h2>What Is an Exercise Mat?</h2> <p>Exercise mats are special non-slip mats used during any fitness activity to protect your hands, feet, back, and body while you complete your favorite exercises. Along with cushioning you from the hard floor underneath, exercise mats can also help reduce injuries and prevent your hands and feet from slipping so you can get the most out of your workout and safely perform any stretch. Exercise mats are affordable and should last you a long time. To get the best value from the mat, it&rsquo;s important to clean it after every use with water or a yoga mat spray.</p> <p>You want to choose something that is thick enough to protect you from the hard ground underneath, but not so thick that it impairs your ability to complete a workout. In most cases, an extra-thick 1/2-inch mat is the best bet because you can complete any exercise on it without losing your balance. Some people prefer to have a thicker mat for high-intensity workouts and a thinner non-skid mat for their yoga practice, but this isn&rsquo;t absolutely necessary. It may take you some time to find which mat works best for your body, but we&rsquo;ve found the best exercise mats for every type of workout to help get you started.</p> <h2>Top 5 Exercise Mats</h2> <h3>BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Extra Thick High Density Anti-Tear Exercise Yoga Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RWFQYG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00RWFQYG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6V4CQWVLJ73R2CY"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/balance%20goyoga.jpg" width="200" height="147" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in yoga mats, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RWFQYG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00RWFQYG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6V4CQWVLJ73R2CY">BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose exercise mat</a> will double as the perfect yoga mat. With nearly 1,200 five-star reviews on Amazon, the BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Extra Thick High Density Anti-Tear Exercise Yoga Mat commonly tops the lists for the best yoga mat. It is 71 inches long and made of high density foam material. It has non-slip traction and cushion on both sides, so you can use either side, making the mat last much longer.</p> <p>It is also thicker and more comfortable than most other mats, making it especially ideal for people with a sensitive back. It is moisture-resistant, so you can easily clean it with soap and water. Over time, the mat can develop marks and tears, but should be usable for years. The lightweight mat comes with a carrying strap for easy transport. It is available in seven colors and backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RWFQYG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00RWFQYG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6V4CQWVLJ73R2CY"><em>Currently $19.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sivan Health and Fitness Extra Thick NBR Comfort Foam Yoga Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZHVW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFZHVW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OTQPCDAGAXQZYIAA"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sivan%20mat.jpg" width="200" height="136" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in Pilates floor mats, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZHVW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFZHVW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OTQPCDAGAXQZYIAA">Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-Inch Extra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam Yoga Mat</a> is ideal for all your favorite exercises, including yoga and Pilates. It is also one of the top rated items on Amazon and one of the thickest mats on the market, providing better impact absorption. The extra thick mat is made with specially designed memory foam, so it will optimally protect your knees and joints.</p> <p>The mat has a ribbed surface on one side and a smooth surface on the other side, so it will grip the floor to improve your workout and prevent injuries. While it does have non-slip on one side, some reviewers found that it can still slip on hardwood floors. Over time, the mat can also develop marks and tears. The durable, long lasting material is moisture-resistant and easy to clean, so it will last you for years. It is available in seven different colors and comes with an integrated carry strap, so it is easy to transport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZHVW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFZHVW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OTQPCDAGAXQZYIAA"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Everlast Folding Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O2GCS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O2GCS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JNPEK7MFQP2GJSB6"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/everlast.jpg" width="131" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O2GCS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O2GCS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JNPEK7MFQP2GJSB6">Everlast Folding Mat</a> is 72 inches long and is very thick and springy, which is best for high-intensity workout programs. The thick cushioning will give way under your feet, so it might not be the right fit for standing yoga poses. The mat does not have a non-slip bottom, so it can slip a bit on hardwood floors.</p> <p>It has a non-absorbent shell, which won&rsquo;t absorb sweat or moisture. The sturdy mat can be easily wiped clean and will last you for years. It can be folded away for easy storage and the handle makes it easy to transport. The durable mat is comparable to the popular SPRI folding exercise mat, but costs much less. It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers, one of the top rated and &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and is commonly recommended by fitness professionals. It is also ideal for people with very sensitive backs because of the extra cushioning. It is available in black and blue, but oftentimes, only one color is available for purchase.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O2GCS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O2GCS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JNPEK7MFQP2GJSB6"><em>Currently $38.83 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I4XFWU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I4XFWU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EX7TNFJG7HEFKWC3"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hemingweigh.jpg" width="200" height="161" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I4XFWU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I4XFWU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EX7TNFJG7HEFKWC3">HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat</a> is 70 inches long and constructed of thick foam, to make even the most intense workouts more comfortable. In fact, it is one of the thickest, most comfortable mats on the market. It has a non-slip surface on both sides that will grip the floor to prevent slipping and injuries. It will also allow you to use both sides of the mat, so it will last longer. It is moisture-resistant and easy to clean, so it will stay in optimal condition throughout the time you own it. In fact, this quality mat is designed to last longer than standard exercise mats, so you&rsquo;ll get a better deal. It is designed for use with all types of exercises and stretches, including yoga and Pilates.</p> <p>The integrated self-strapping system makes it easy to transport the lightweight mat. It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers, as well as one of the top rated items on Amazon. It is also the most popular exercise mat found in yoga studios, fitness clubs, schools, and home gyms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I4XFWU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I4XFWU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EX7TNFJG7HEFKWC3"><em>Currently $22.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Prosource Premium Extra Thick High Density Exercise Yoga Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY0H2XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY0H2XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V5THF4Y6MOED7DCQ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/prosource_0.jpg" width="200" height="127" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY0H2XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY0H2XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V5THF4Y6MOED7DCQ">Prosource Premium 1/2-Inch Extra Thick 71-Inch Long High Density Exercise Yoga Mat with Comfort Foam</a> is one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers for a reason. With more than 1,200 five-star reviews, it is the perfect mat for nearly any type of activity. It is very thick and can help protect extra sensitive joints, but is still thin enough to be used during yoga poses. The Comfort Foam technology allows for better impact absorption and the non-slip surface keeps the mat in place while you are exercising. The high performance mat is twice as thick as standard yoga mats and can last significantly longer. The durable moisture-resistant surface is easy to clean, so you can keep it in optimal shape for longer. Over time, the mat can still develop marks and tears, but should be usable for years. It is available in eight colors and comes with a carrying strap for easier transport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY0H2XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY0H2XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V5THF4Y6MOED7DCQ"><em>Currently $20.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best exercise mats. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">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/the-5-best-yoga-blocks">The 5 Best Yoga Blocks</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/the-5-best-underwater-watches">The 5 Best Underwater Watches</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/the-5-best-exercise-videos">The 5 Best Exercise Videos</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/the-5-best-mens-cross-training-shoes">The 5 Best Men&#039;s Cross Training Shoes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Shopping exercise mats fitness healthy living pilates product reviews shopping yoga Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:01:06 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1619167 at http://www.wisebread.com People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You? http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-businessman-477452129-small.jpg" alt="happy businessman" title="happy businessman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you love your body? Do you want to?</p> <p>When you love your body, you'll treat it in certain ways. You will lavish love on it, revel in it, and enjoy all of the things it allows you to do.</p> <p>This means that you also will not do certain things to it. You won't act unkindly, or disrespectfully, or in ways that will harm your body in the long run. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-what-it-really-costs-to-get-sick?ref=seealso">This is What It Really Costs to Get Sick</a>)</p> <p>Not sure what this looks like in real life? Here are some behaviors that people who love their bodies never engage in.</p> <h2>1. Sleep Too Much</h2> <p>Surprise, surprise. Sleeping too much has <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/health/upwave-sleep-too-much/">some of the same bad side effects</a> as sleeping too little, including a propensity towards obesity and diabetes. So, sleep seven to nine hours each night and you're good.</p> <h2>2. Stress Out All the Time</h2> <p>It's normal to be stressed every once in a while. Even high stress can be okay, as long as your levels go back down after a while. But continued high stress means you're in &quot;fight or flight&quot; mode all the time, which can cause heart problems, depression, and even PTSD.</p> <h2>3. Stay Inside All Day</h2> <p>You need vitamin D to help keep up your energy and avoid depression. The best way to get this is <a href="http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/">via sunlight</a>, which you can only do by spending at least a few minutes outside. Don't get a sunburn! Instead, expose your skin for about half the time it would take you to start turning pink.</p> <h2>4. Train Too Hard</h2> <p>When you want to change your body, it's easy to exercise hard, for a long time. Too much exercise, though, leaves you <a href="http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/fatigue.html">more likely to get sick</a>. Since illness often undermines exercise plans, train at moderate levels so you can sustain your health and improve your performance.</p> <h2>5. Stop Laughing</h2> <p>Laughing can help reduce your stress, improve your memory, and help your mind perform better. It also helps you regain perspective, even in difficult situations. So do what you need to do to laugh: Talk to a funny friend, listen to a child's joke, or watch someone funny on TV.</p> <h2>6. Binge Drink</h2> <p>Drinking a lot of alcohol over a short period of time is <a href="http://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/?p=5603">never good for you</a>, and when you do it often, you can get everything from mouth cancer to heart arrhythmias. If you regularly have more than four drinks (for a woman) or five (for a man), change your habits to care for your body.</p> <h2>7. Forget to Apply Sunscreen</h2> <p>This one is almost a no brainer, if you don't want skin cancer. Still, we avoid it because it's a pain to put on and it's greasy and gross. But it's worth it!</p> <h2>8. Smoke. At All. Ever. Even Socially.</h2> <p>Any smoking, <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-truth-about-social-smoking-2345824.html">even the occasional social cigarette</a>, raises your risks of cancer and lung or heart disease. Very few occasional or social smokers stay that way, since nicotine is highly addictive. So just stay away.</p> <h2>9. Skip Stretching</h2> <p>While we're on the topic of exercise, don't forego stretching. Some studies show that <a href="http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/does-stretching-reduce-injury-risk-0">forgetting to stretch can make you more prone to injury</a>, which hurts your body both now and for the long term. It also reduces your flexibility, which you want to <a href="http://web.mit.edu/tkd/stretch/stretching_3.html">maintain as you get older</a>.</p> <h2>10. Have Unprotected Sex</h2> <p>This is a huge risk factor for health problems down the road. Protect yourself, so you can avoid STDs, including AIDS, as well as unwanted pregnancy. Respect your own body and that of your partner, and <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/brief.html">use a condom</a>.</p> <h2>11. Ignore Illness</h2> <p>If you have a medical condition, <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/10_steps_for_coping_with_a_chronic_condition.htm">take care of yourself</a>. Even if it means changing your lifestyle, making the effort could mean the difference between good health and poor. Finding out that you have a chronic condition can feel overwhelming, hopeless, and defeating. Take a deep breath, work with your doctor, and find people who will support you as you figure out how to care for yourself.</p> <h2>12. Feel Down About Your Body</h2> <p>When your body isn't looking or acting the way you want it to, it's easy to insult yourself or think poorly about how you look and who you are. Instead, <a href="http://greatist.com/happiness/media-body-image-talk-to-self">work to accept yourself as you are</a>, even if you know changes could be made to improve your health.</p> <h2>13. Avoid the Doctor</h2> <p>Yearly check ups are a pain, but they help you <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/getting-regular-checkups.aspx">stay on top of your health</a>. They also give you a chance to ask those annoying little questions, which can mean the difference between good and poor health. If you don't have a doctor, ask your friends who they see or see who your health insurance company recommends.</p> <h2>14. Live On Junk Food</h2> <p>We all eat a brownie now and then, but eating junk food regularly leads to <a href="http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/fast-food-nutrition-junk-foods-effect-on-your-body.html">all sorts of problems</a>. If you struggle with this, begin finding satisfying substitutes for your favorite foods. For instance, you might eat kale chips instead of potato chips (don't knock 'em 'til you've tried 'em!).</p> <h2>15. Dine Out Every Night</h2> <p>After a long day, no one wants to cook, especially if it's hot in your home. But people who prepare their own food are more likely to avoid <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2012/06/18/whats-so-great-about-cooking-four-reasons-and-resources-to-diy/">medical problems</a>. If that doesn't convince you, cooking at home is cheaper and better for the environment than dining out.</p> <h2>16. Stop Eating</h2> <p>It can be easy to want to stop eating entirely, especially when you're frustrated with your weight or under a lot of stress. You will be <a href="http://steadystrength.com/why-you-have-to-eat-to-lose-fat/">healthier and happier</a>, though, if you choose a diet plan that allows you plenty of calories and helps make sure you feel full.</p> <h2>17. Spend All Day Sitting</h2> <p>When you stay sitting for hours and hours, it <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5879536/how-sitting-all-day-is-damaging-your-body-and-how-you-can-counteract-it">hurts your body in all sorts of ways</a>. You lower your ability to take up glucose, raise your triglycerides and bad (LDL) cholesterol, and raise your risk of dying from heart disease and certain types of cancer. Instead, take breaks and get moving.</p> <p><em>Have you stopped doing something that's helped you love your body more? What would it be like for you to implement these ideas?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you">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-3"> <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/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you">Healthy People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You?</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/14-dumb-things-holding-you-back-from-losing-weight">14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight</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/get-enough-sleep">Get enough sleep</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/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</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/9-easy-ways-to-start-taking-better-care-of-yourself-today">9 Easy Ways to Start Taking Better Care of Yourself Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Health and Beauty bad health fitness Health healthy living self care Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:00:05 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1221084 at http://www.wisebread.com Healthy People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You? http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/refrigerator-487694415-small.jpg" alt="refrigerator" title="refrigerator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="170" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fostering healthy habits is not only good for your body and mind, but it can also <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-being-healthy-saves-you-money-and-why-bad-health-habits-cost-you">save you money</a>. So, if we were to peek into the home of a textbook case healthy person, what might we find? (I love snooping!) Well, the following items would be a safe bet.</p> <h2>1. Real Food</h2> <p>You might think healthy people would have a good stock of vitamins and supplements in their medicine cabinet, but that's not necessarily true. Instead, eating whole foods is a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/multivitamins-arent-as-good-as-you-think-eat-these-real-foods-instead">better nutritional bet</a>. Plus, filling up on fruits, vegetables, and other unprocessed goods aids with weight control, extending the benefits even further. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list?ref=related">25 Frugal Items for Your Vegan Grocery List</a>)</p> <h2>2. Athletic Apparel and Shoes</h2> <p>Exercise is another basic cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you train for triathlons or just work toward getting those recommended 10,000 steps per day, incorporating activity into your daily routine will help keep your muscles strong and your body processes moving. And you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free">don't need a gym membership</a> to make a path to better health &mdash; you can workout at home or even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-no-sweat-workouts-perfect-for-the-workplace">in the office</a>! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-workout-clothes-are-worth-splurging-on-and-which-arent?ref=related">Workout Clothes Worth Splurging On</a>)</p> <h2>3. Water Bottles</h2> <p>Water aids our bodies with many processes, including flushing toxins and regulating body temperature. Whether you choose to slug <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-or-tap-the-right-choice-for-water-may-surprise-you">bottled or tap water</a>, keeping a reusable bottle by your side will help get in your eight glasses a day. Drinking water can also save you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-water-can-save-you-977-a-year">nearly $1,000</a> a year.</p> <h2>4. Yoga Mats</h2> <p>We are inundated in our daily lives by phone calls, emails, television programs, and all sorts of other distractions. Even if we enjoy these activities, they can accumulate into stress, whether we realize it or not. You don't even need to visit your local yoga studio to get your stretch on. Here are some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/half-moon-full-wallet-free-online-yoga-videos">free resources</a> for yoga workouts you can do at home.</p> <h2>5. Photos of Family and Friends</h2> <p>As an introvert, I could easily spend time alone for days and be entirely happy. However, the importance of a strong social network of supportive people should not be diminished. In fact, scientists at Harvard University say that our friends and family hold the power to help us create &quot;<a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/family-friends-can-influence-weight-and-mood">healthful habits</a>, positive attitudes, and wise lifestyle choices.&quot; Conversely, I suppose the reverse is also true &mdash; so choose your friends wisely.</p> <h2>6. Floss</h2> <p>As you may have heard, brushing your teeth is only half the equation. Though recent studies have shown that people who regularly floss don't necessarily avoid heart disease as was once believed, keeping your gums healthy for the sake of oral health is still important. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/defensive-dentistry-how-to-avoid-expensive-dental-problems?ref=related">How to Avoid Expensive Dental Problems</a>)</p> <h2>7. Appointment Reminder Cards</h2> <p>Don't just wait till you feel a tickle in your throat or throbbing tooth to visit your doctor. Staying up-to-date with physicals, dentist appointments, and vision exams is a sure way to keep your systems up and running. Identifying possible ailments or issues before they cause symptoms is the key to preventative healthcare. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-most-important-health-appointments-you-must-stop-avoiding?ref=related">The 6 Most Important Health Appointments</a>)</p> <h2>8. Sunscreen</h2> <p>Sunscreens and blocks should be an automatic part of our routines all year round. We especially need to shield our skin from harmful UV rays as we head into summer. As always, avoiding direct exposure in the peak times of the day (approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is best. Otherwise, slather it on and reapply as necessary. Note: Some lotions that promise added extras <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">aren't worth the money</a>, so choose carefully. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work?ref=related">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Work</a>)</p> <h2>9. Passports</h2> <p>Or plane tickets. Or road trip plans! Healthy people take vacations to expand their horizons and get away from the daily grind. Better yet, studies have shown that travel &mdash; especially for older individuals &mdash; can help &quot;<a href="http://www.globalcoalitiononaging.com/index.php?id=travel-and-healthy-aging-the-journey-and-the-destination">prevent dementia</a> and Alzheimer's Disease.&quot; Trips don't have to cost a fortune, either. You can have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">fun and frugal vacations</a> no matter where you want to go.</p> <h2>10. Carbon Monoxide Detectors</h2> <p>Carbon monoxide &mdash; also known as the &quot;silent killer&quot; &mdash; causes mild symptoms like headaches, weakness, and dizziness. If there's a buildup in your home, you might not know until it's too late. Surprisingly, only <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/marijkevroomendurning/2013/08/20/carbon-monoxide-a-silent-killer-are-you-safe/">25 states in the US</a> require carbon monoxide detectors, but it's a good idea to place at least one near your sleeping area regardless. And while you're at it, be sure to check that all your smoke detectors are working.</p> <p><em>Have anything to add to this list? Leave a comment below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you">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-4"> <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/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you">People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You?</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/14-dumb-things-holding-you-back-from-losing-weight">14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight</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/get-enough-sleep">Get enough sleep</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/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</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/20-healthy-habits-that-can-hurt-you">20+ Healthy Habits That Can Hurt You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Health and Beauty fitness Health healthy living Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:00:54 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1142622 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-have-energy-after-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-easy-ways-to-have-energy-after-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business-sport-3911856-small.jpg" alt="exercise" title="exercise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If it's a workday, chances are you hardly have an ounce energy left by quitting time. About <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17215708" target="_blank">40% of workers report</a> feeling fatigued at work on any given day. I've definitely been there; too little sleep, too much stress, and the feeling that you just can't get enough done can wear you right down until all you can think about is sliding into bed, pulling the sheets over your head, and staying there...forever.</p> <p>The irony is that that cycle only drags down your overall productivity, not to mention your health and happiness. Plus, there's something just a little sad about spending all afternoon counting down to the end of the workday only to slog home, collapse onto the couch, and spend all evening watching other people doing fun and exciting things on reality TV. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-back-the-zombies-4-ways-to-avoid-sleep-deprivation" target="_blank">Beat Back the Zombies: 4 Ways to Avoid Sleep Deprivation</a>)</p> <p>Want more energy to enjoy your own time? Here are some things that have worked for me.</p> <h2>1. Turn Off Your Brain</h2> <p>When you feel exhausted, exercise seems like the most counterintuitive thing you can do, but it isn't, especially if you have a desk job. Think about it. If you work at a computer, chances are the only muscles you use all day are the ones that type emails, answer the telephone, and turn you head to gaze longingly out the window. That means that even if you <em>feel</em> tired, what's often really fatigued is your brain.</p> <p>I try to get a run in after work. And while some days it feels like I barely have the energy to slip on my shoes, once I'm out the door, my body doesn't feel tired at all. It isn't long before the rest of me is ready to tackle a few more hours of the day, too. So turn off your brain, slip into jock mode, and do something that'll get your blood pumping. It'll energize you immediately, and also improve your health so that you have more energy all day. It may even help you sleep more soundly come bedtime.</p> <h2>2. Hit Reset</h2> <p>If you really are sleep deprived, a short nap can significantly improve your energy levels &mdash; and help you pay back some of the sleep debt you've been accumulating. I say a <em>short</em> nap because while it may be tempting to pass out for hours, that can leave you feeling like a zombie, not to mention disrupt the sleep you get at night. In other words, it'll make you feel <em>more</em> tired.</p> <p>So how long should you nap? A 1995 study by NASA and the National Transportation Safety Board found that a <a href="http://swampland.time.com/2011/04/26/memo-to-the-boss-naps-increase-performance/" target="_blank">26-minute nap was ideal</a> for improving alertness among air-traffic controllers. For best results (and less fiddling with your alarm clock) aim for 20 to 30 minutes.</p> <h2>3. Have an Appetite for Energy</h2> <p>Blood sugar levels greatly affect energy levels. (Anyone who's seen a seven-year-old's birthday party knows that.) So, if your energy is flagging after work, chances are you haven't fueled yourself properly during the day.</p> <p>The best fuel comes from whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and protein, because they release energy more slowly into the bloodstream than, say, whatever's beckoning from the vending machine. Eat a healthy breakfast, pack a lunch, and bring nutritious snacks to fend off an afternoon crash. If your blood sugar's stable, your energy levels will be more stable, too. Studies show you'll probably also make better decisions. One study of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">parole board members in the Israeli prison system</a> found that men whose cases were heard after the board had eaten were significantly more likely to get parole. Yikes!</p> <h2>4. Tuck In Early</h2> <p>I've often <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet" target="_blank">had trouble sleeping</a>, so I know about that weird thing that happens when you're totally dead exhausted. Right around bed time, you get a surge of energy that keeps you up eating cereal and watching late-night TV until well past your bedtime. It's kinda fun...until you wake up the next morning feeling (and looking) like you've aged at least 15 years.</p> <p>Remember how your mom used to tell you to get to bed &mdash; NOW!? Give yourself the same tough love and set a bedtime that's at least seven hours from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wake-up-fast-and-attack-the-day" target="_blank">your early morning wake-up call</a>. Then, try to spend an hour or so beforehand winding down with a good book, a bath, or an episode of your favorite TV show. (Unless it's on HBO. That stuff will keep you up all night.)</p> <h2>5. Skip the Caffeine High</h2> <p>Caffeine's a crutch; you can limp along on it for quite a while (it got me through college), but<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine" target="_blank"> it isn't a solution</a>. If you trade coffee for sleep for too long, eventually it'll be a case of the lights are on and nobody's home &mdash; your tired, bloodshot eyes will be open, but you'll only be doing stupid things faster and with more energy. No need to cut caffeine out entirely though. It has some <a href="http://science.howstuffworks.com/caffeine5.htm" target="_blank">health benefits</a>, and there's some evidence that moderate caffeine intake can help you live longer. Plus, let's face it. There will always be days when it's what makes life worth living.</p> <h2>6. Be Good to Yourself</h2> <p>I tend to take on too much, saying yes to too many projects and then finding myself scrambling around trying to get it all done. It's hard <em>not</em> to be exhausted when you put yourself in that position. There's an old saying that you can sleep when you're dead, but personally, I'd rather enjoy it. I've learned that if I want to do that, I have to remind myself that my to-do list is arbitrary and that sometimes, rest needs to be bumped to the top.</p> <h2>7. Consider the Cause</h2> <p>They say that sleep is a cure-all, but for everything that sleep can't cure, there's prescription medication. It's important to consider that sometimes fatigue has a medical cause, such as iron deficiency, sleep apnea, or depression, among a long list of other things. If you think your exhaustion may be a sign of something more serious, go visit your doctor.</p> <p>If you think all these suggestions seem simple, you're right. They <em>are</em> simple. But that doesn't make them easy. Changing habits is hard, even when we want to (and let's face it, we often don't). Of course, the other option is to continue staggering around like the walking dead. And let's face it: Even that gets pretty tiring after a while. Now if you'll excuse me, it's almost my bedtime.</p> <p><em>Where do you find the energy to get through the day (and then some)?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-have-energy-after-work">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/have-a-great-day-every-day-5-things-to-do-in-the-morning">Have a Great Day, Every Day: 5 Things to Do in the Morning</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/7-habits-that-are-quietly-making-you-fat-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-eating">7 Habits That Are Quietly Making You Fat (and Have Nothing to Do With Eating)</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/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight">How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle in One Night</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/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</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/10-ways-to-improve-your-decision-making-skills">10 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Productivity diet exercise fatigue healthy eating healthy living insomnia sleep Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:36:45 +0000 Tara Struyk 980465 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Frugal Tips You Haven’t Already Heard http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-tips-you-haven-t-already-heard <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-frugal-tips-you-haven-t-already-heard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2671759444_3714695b3f_z.jpg" alt="clothing rack" title="clothing rack" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re a regular reader of my posts or Wise Bread in general, you already have a pretty good education on how to live a frugal lifestyle &mdash; the basics, if you will. Now it&rsquo;s time for the advanced course. That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;ve dug deep into my bank of frugal knowledge to pull out these money-saving nuggets. Peep the gems below and start saving savvier than ever before. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Frugal Changes You&nbsp;Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h3>1. Put Something Back Every Time You Shop</h3> <p>This tip is especially good to remember at the supermarket &mdash; save money and guilt by putting back that bag of chips &mdash; but it can work wherever you&rsquo;re shopping. If you find yourself with an arm full of new shirts and pants at your favorite store, give one of them back to the associate at checkout. When you&rsquo;re at Target, just say no to at least one of the things in your cart that you definitely don&rsquo;t need. You can even institute this rule when you&rsquo;re Christmas shopping &mdash; one of those presents is probably for yourself; put it back, and wait to see what Santa has in store for you.</p> <h3>2. Treat Frugal Living Like Staying Healthy</h3> <p>Exercise and eating right is an uphill battle for me, but it&rsquo;s one that I&rsquo;m committed to fighting. When I fall off the wagon, I don't give up my hopes of rock-hard abs, throbbing biceps, and bouncing pecs. Rather, I get back in the gym and work a little harder. Treat living frugally the same way. There will be times when you give in to temptation. It&rsquo;s OK. Just try not to make it a habit, and try to make up for your mistake somehow.</p> <h3>3. Look at Your Credit Reports Annually</h3> <p>Many of us only look at our credit reports when we&rsquo;re prompted to &mdash; applying for a new apartment or making a big purchase &mdash; but you should stay up to date on your financial status regardless. We&rsquo;re all entitled to one free report per year, and you should take advantage of it. It&rsquo;s beneficial to know where you stand, so you know what you can qualify for when it comes time to make those big purchases. It&rsquo;s also a good practice so you can be sure that your identity hasn&rsquo;t been compromised in any way.</p> <h3>4. Calculate the Cost Per Wear Before Buying New Clothes</h3> <p>The theory goes that you should divide the price of the clothing item by the amount of times you plan to wear the piece to find the cost per wear (CPW). The general consensus seems to suggest that the cost per wear should be around $3. You can get that lower, of course, by buying cheaper clothes (or finding better deals at least) and wearing them more often.</p> <h3>5. Institute a Self-Audit Every Three Months</h3> <p>Evaluating your budget every 12 months is problematic because you could have cut out unnecessary items 10 months ago, resulting in an extra 10 months worth of savings. To keep yourself on the right track more consistently, schedule a self-audit every three months. See where you&rsquo;re at with regards to your income, your savings, and how much you&rsquo;re spending, and make moves to eliminate expenses you don&rsquo;t need. This a good time to set goals, too; it&rsquo;s been proven that shorter-term goals are easier to achieve than long-term goals.</p> <h3>6. Establish a Frugal Buddy System</h3> <p>I mentioned earlier than keeping to a frugal lifestyle is like living a physically healthy lifestyle &mdash; it&rsquo;s hard, it takes work, and sometimes you&rsquo;ll fail at it. But you&rsquo;ll have a much better chance of success if you have a frugal buddy on whom to rely. This person (preferably someone with the same frugal goals as you) will be the shoulder you need to lean on in times of weakness. They&rsquo;re the friend who will tell you that you don&rsquo;t need that cashmere sweater. And they&rsquo;ll be the one who sits at home with you on a frugal Friday night watching TV movies while all your other friends are out eating and drinking their paychecks away.&nbsp;</p> <h3>7. Less Is More &mdash; Sometimes Much More (Than You Need)</h3> <p>So many self-proclaimed frugalists fall into this trap (myself included) &mdash; just because you have a coupon doesn&rsquo;t mean you should buy whatever the coupon is for. Coupons save you money on things you need, sure, but they&rsquo;re a marketing gimmick first and foremost to get you to purchase the manufacturer&rsquo;s product. You&rsquo;re not saving any money if you&rsquo;re buying something you don&rsquo;t need, even if it&rsquo;s at a steep discount. Before using that coupon, ask yourself, &quot;Do I really need this?&quot; If the answer is no, do not buy it. Remember that those purchases that you think are super deals add up over the course of a year. When you don&rsquo;t use the item, it&rsquo;s wasted money no matter how little it cost.&nbsp;</p> <h3>8. Eliminate Most Disposable Products From Your Life&nbsp;</h3> <p>This will not be easy by any means &mdash; we love convenience, but we also have to pay for convenience. If you want to save a sizeable chunk of change, make it a rule to stay away from most products that cannot be cleaned and reused many times. This includes paper and plastic plates and dinnerware, paper towels, sponges, and many other kitchen, bathroom, and around-the-house items that make our lives easier because <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse">we can throw them away</a>.</p> <h3>9. Start a 30-Day No-Buy List to Curb Impulse Buys</h3> <p>I can&rsquo;t say that I always stick to this tip, but I do try my best. The concept is simple &mdash; when you&rsquo;re browsing online or even in person and come across something that you just have to have, stop for a minute, breathe, and pull out your list. Add the item to the list, and let it sit there for 30 days. If you still want it after 30 days, buy it (you should use that 30 day grace period to save up for it), but chances are &mdash; and this is the nature of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-ways-to-stop-impulse-buying">impulse buys</a> &mdash; you won&rsquo;t want it anymore when day 30 comes to pass.</p> <h3>10. Active Living Is Cheaper Living</h3> <p>The more time you spend working on your health and fitness, the less time you&rsquo;ll have to shop, go out to eat, hit the bar, go to the movies, and otherwise spend, spend, spend. There&rsquo;s no downside to this method of frugal living either; not only will you be healthier with a better body to show for it, but your savings account should enjoy an influx of funds. Staying active doesn&rsquo;t have to cost a dime &mdash; you can workout outside or at home (invite your frugal buddy over and make it a team effort) &mdash; and contrary to popular belief, eating healthier doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. Many people will disagree with that, but I&rsquo;m living proof. Before I started planning out a weekly meal calendar with healthy recipes, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-reasons-why-buying-groceries-online-is-great">buying my groceries online</a>, and sticking strictly to my list of ingredients, I was spending almost twice as much at the grocery store, going through every aisle, and putting in my cart my list items plus a few extras. Give it a try, and let me know how you fare.</p> <p><em>Do you have a frugal tip that you think most of us haven&rsquo;t heard of? I&rsquo;d love to learn about it. Let me know in the comments below. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-tips-you-haven-t-already-heard">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-2"> <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/health-risks-and-5-other-secrets-barcodes-can-tell-you">Health Risks and 5 Other Secrets Barcodes Can Tell You</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/flashback-friday-53-beauty-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Flashback Friday: 53 Beauty Hacks You Have to Try This Summer</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/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</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/25-painless-ways-to-save-50-this-year">25 Painless Ways to Save $50 This Year</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/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living healthy living how to be frugal how to save more money Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:36:31 +0000 Mikey Rox 955602 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Things You Should Spend More Time On http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-should-spend-more-time-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-things-you-should-spend-more-time-on" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/955561067_9111745994_z.jpg" alt="brushing teeth" title="brushing teeth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In our rush-rush, hurry-hurry world of multitasking and automation, we&rsquo;ve managed to cram more into an average day than ever before.</p> <p>But there are some things that shouldn&rsquo;t be left to an app, condensed to an audio book, or squeezed in between yoga class and clearing out your DVR. Yes, you heard me&hellip;there are still some things that require your full and undivided personal attention.</p> <p>Now, things such as your health and your money go without saying, and I doubt that you need any convincing on those points. For that reason, the obvious priorities have been left off this list &mdash; instead, you&rsquo;ll find aspects that are easier to overlook. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Healthy&nbsp;Changes You&nbsp;Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>1. Your Teeth</h2> <p>We&rsquo;re all aware of the importance of having a bright and shining smile, but the cosmetic benefits are only the tip of the iceberg. And according to a <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/50-dentist-secrets-ddms-share-hygiene-advice-on-teeth-gums-and-more/">2009 survey of dentists</a>, we&rsquo;re not taking the care we should when it comes to our teeth.</p> <p>A healthy mouth prevents bad breath and tooth decay, but it also helps prevent gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss and a contributing factor in heart attacks and strokes. To get the benefits of a healthy mouth, however, you need to spend at least 10 minutes a day practicing good oral hygiene and make regular visits to your dentist for a deeper cleaning.</p> <h2>2. Your Home</h2> <p>They say that your home is a reflection of what&rsquo;s going on in your life, so if things seem chaotic or &ldquo;out-of-sorts,&rdquo; that sensation is then mirrored in the design and decorating in your house.</p> <p>But sometimes, the opposite is true. Your home also influences your mood, so if your study is cluttered and messy, for example, you&rsquo;ll likely feel frustrated and agitated whenever you enter the room. Likewise, an unorganized kitchen can make cooking a pain, encouraging you to eat something fast but less-healthy to avoid spending time in the room.</p> <p>And now, new studies show that clutter isn&rsquo;t the only factor to consider. Dubbed <a href="http://www.oprah.com/home/Mood-Boosting-Home-Decor/">neuroarchitecture</a>, research shows that lighting, color, space, and general décor have the ability to actually enhance our mood and even improve our performance.</p> <p>So, the next time you&rsquo;re feeling stressed or blue, take a look around at your environment&hellip;it may be time to redecorate.</p> <h2>3. Family and Friends</h2> <p>While there&rsquo;s much to be said for alone time (see #5 below), we are still very much social creatures at heart and our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-friends-and-be-happy-why-cultivating-relationships-is-good-for-you">relationships are an important component of our self-esteem</a>.</p> <p>Unfortunately, our busy schedules can make quality time with family and friends difficult to achieve, meaning that you have to work at it if you want to see some positive results.</p> <p>And if an improvement in mood and outlook aren&rsquo;t enough to motivate you to connect with others, check this out &mdash; a <a href="http://champagnelab.psych.columbia.edu/docs/tara6.pdf">2003 Study at Ohio State University</a> (PDF) suggests that illness and injuries actually heal faster when we&rsquo;re surrounded and supported by those we love.</p> <h2>4. Learning</h2> <p>A while back, I wrote about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-improve-your-memory-and-even-get-a-little-smarter">ways to improve your memory</a> and possibly stave off dementia and other degenerative diseases of the mind. Since that time, I&rsquo;ve added daily lessons of Spanish and French in my household (as well as my mother&rsquo;s), and I&rsquo;m also relearning algebra as well.</p> <p>The results are noticeable. Nevermind that I feel a little smarter; I&rsquo;m also finding it easier to recall information and talk intelligently without struggling for words along the way. And what I realized was this &mdash; we spend our school years cramming and memorizing and studying a wide variety of subjects, but once we enter the &ldquo;real world,&rdquo; we tend to specialize in our profession and that constant challenge of learning new things seems to stop.</p> <p>Is it any wonder, then, that our minds begin to deteriorate?</p> <p>Now, the good news is that you don&rsquo;t have to restrict yourself to language and math. You can memorize the presidents, study geology or history, rekindle that love of science, or dive into the crazy world of politics. The point is to keep learning&hellip;and the more you learn, the more new pathways your brain will create.</p> <h2>5. Solitude</h2> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with craving the company of others, and if you read #3 above, then you know that I&rsquo;ve already established the importance of reinforcing and nurturing those human connections.</p> <p>But solitude is important too&hellip;so much so that several <a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/solitude-health/#axzz224cAyf4v">recent studies</a> suggest that there&rsquo;s definitely some benefits to going solo on a regular basis. That alone time allows you to clear your head, balance emotions, process and memorize information, and even tap into your own &ldquo;meaning of life.&rdquo;</p> <h2>6. Your Beliefs</h2> <p>One of the things I enjoyed about my college debate class was that my professor often asked us to argue the opposite point of view.</p> <p>This forced us to set aside our own personal belief systems and &mdash; to the best of our abilities &mdash; find a way to justify an opposing opinion. Granted, some topics were easier than others, but the result was always the same &mdash; we found that we understood more about the other side than we might have previously been willing to admit.</p> <p>Now, imagine what kind of progress we could make if we employed that tactic all the time?</p> <h2>7. Your Wardrobe</h2> <p>In the corporate world, it&rsquo;s widely known that what you wear can have a direct effect on your confidence level. People tend to take you more seriously when you&rsquo;re dressed for success, and the mere knowledge that you look good is enough to make you feel empowered.</p> <p>So why should that practice begin and end with the boardroom?</p> <p>Like our homes, how we dress is a direct reflection of how we feel, meaning that t-shirts and sweats are OK, but if they make up the majority of your wardrobe, you&rsquo;re doing your self-confidence an injustice.</p> <p>No, power suits aren&rsquo;t required for everyday attire, but some bright colors can do wonders for your mood and more importantly, your self-esteem, both of which can improve your negotiating skills, productivity, and outlook on life.</p> <h2>8. Your Memories</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m a genealogy junkie. What started as a curious search for my great-grandmother&rsquo;s birthplace has turned into a full-blown obsession to discover everything there is to know about my ancestors and their lives.</p> <p>This obsession, however, has also made me realize the importance of preserving the memories I&rsquo;m creating along the way&hellip;not just photographs, but stories and thoughts that will tell my grandchildren (and their grandchildren) exactly who I was and what mattered to me the most.</p> <p>Creating a scrapbook of your life also allows you the opportunity to take those walks down memory lane and discover some life lessons you might have missed along the way. It&rsquo;s therapeutic, it&rsquo;s comforting, and it has the potential to be eye-opening.</p> <h2>9. Creative Expression</h2> <p>We spend quite a bit of time doing what has to be done, whether it&rsquo;s paying bills or washing dishes or going to work.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-less-creativity-can-make-you-more-creative">Making time for creative expression</a> gives you the chance to use a different part of your brain and focus on something that comes from deep within your own psyche rather than our usual day-to-day grind. Studies show that regularly dabbling in something artistic improves problem-solving skills, relieves stress, and lifts your mood &mdash; three good reasons to make art class high on your list of priorities.</p> <h2>10. Your Manners</h2> <p>We&rsquo;re all quick to talk about morals and values, but whatever happened to manners?</p> <p>Somehow, it&rsquo;s become acceptable to be indifferent (or worse, downright rude) if it serves our cause or ensures our success. I see kids acting in ways that I would never have behaved growing up, and I see adults acting with the same belligerence and discourteous mannerisms that we used to chalk up to the younger generations who didn&rsquo;t know any better.</p> <p>Now, don&rsquo;t get me wrong&hellip;I&rsquo;m all for a good debate, and I&rsquo;m the first in line when it comes to standing up for a good cause. But I think we lose something very vital to our society when getting our way means that we forget our manners.</p> <p>Call me old, call me out of touch&hellip;just be sure to say please and thank you when you do.</p> <h2>11. Your Dreams</h2> <p>When you were young, what did you want to be? A firefighter? A doctor? An astronaut? A princess? It&rsquo;s easy to have big dreams when we&rsquo;re little because there was nothing to force us to think otherwise.</p> <p>Of course, as we grow older, reality sets in and we learn to settle for something that will pay the bills rather than seek out that thing that makes our heart sing.</p> <p>But your dreams are your dreams for a reason &mdash; they represent your passion, that thing that makes you tick, and if you don&rsquo;t give them some attention now and then, dreams tend to wither away and die.</p> <p>The good news is that you don&rsquo;t have to quit your steady accounting job in order to explore your notions of becoming a cowboy. Small steps and small changes are often all it takes to revive those dreams and set you on a new and potentially more satisfying path.</p> <h2>12. Your Fears</h2> <p>I recently wrote an article about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/but-i-dont-want-to-secrets-to-self-motivation">getting things done</a> and noted that &ldquo;fear&rdquo; was actually our biggest motivator and also our biggest obstacle. Fear makes us behave in ways that are unbecoming to such an intelligent species, and it also keeps us from pushing the envelope and discovering what we&rsquo;re really capable of achieving.</p> <p>The bottom line &mdash; if your life isn&rsquo;t exactly what you want it to be, look at what you&rsquo;re afraid of. Chances are, fear is holding you back from your true potential.</p> <h2>13. Your Strengths</h2> <p>Self-improvement experts have always taught us that we need to work on our weaknesses if we want to improve them.</p> <p>But instead of spending so much time focusing on the things we despise and don&rsquo;t do well, why not spend more time focusing on areas in which we excel?</p> <p>Using this mindset, we&rsquo;d spend more time doing things we love, things that come naturally to us and that we have a talent for mastering. Imagine what a wonderful world we&rsquo;d live in if everyone spent their days doing the things they love the most?</p> <h2>14. Your Unchartered Territory</h2> <p>I&rsquo;ve already mentioned fears, dreams, and beliefs, but I want to take things one step further before we call this article &ldquo;done.&rdquo;</p> <p>Taking risks and venturing out into the unknown is something we don&rsquo;t like to do&hellip;and we don&rsquo;t like it because it requires us to change. But if there&rsquo;s one thing constant in the universe, it&rsquo;s the fact that everything is changing and will continue to do so, regardless of whether we&rsquo;re changing with it or not.</p> <p>So if there&rsquo;s one thing you take away from this article, let it be this &mdash; you don&rsquo;t know what&rsquo;s out there until you look. You don&rsquo;t know if you like something until you try it, and you don&rsquo;t know if you&rsquo;ll succeed unless you&rsquo;re willing to take a chance with the possibility that you&rsquo;ll fail.</p> <p>Life is what you make of it. Choosing to live it inside a safe but predictable bubble won&rsquo;t get you to where you really want to go, and you&rsquo;ll never know what kind of amazing surprises were waiting for you in that unchartered territory.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-luther">Kate Luther</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-should-spend-more-time-on">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-5"> <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/7-easy-ways-to-have-energy-after-work">7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work</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/25-ways-to-boost-creativity">25 Ways to Boost Creativity</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/15-tested-tips-for-creative-efficiency">15 Tested Tips for Creative Efficiency</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/the-power-of-lists-getting-more-creative-and-efficient">The Power of Lists: Getting More Creative and Efficient</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/10-places-to-go-for-inspiration">10 Places to Go for Inspiration</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development creativity healthy living learning a new skill relationship building wardrobe Mon, 06 Aug 2012 10:24:41 +0000 Kate Luther 947044 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-changes-you-can-make-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-healthy-changes-you-can-make-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lovely_lady.jpg" alt="Woman with a flower in her hair" title="Woman with a flower in her hair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest impact on our lives. Whether you want to lose weight or feel more energetic, you don't have to go on a drastic diet or guzzle vitamin drinks. Just make some small adjustments to your daily regimen and see how your life is transformed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Frugal Changes&nbsp;You&nbsp;Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>1. Walk More</h2> <p><img width="605" height="484" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/walking_0.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gustty/3744164484/"><em>Gustavo Veríssimo</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Getting more exercise is tough for many of us, but walking is your first step to being healthier. Walking offers some of the cheapest, lowest-impact exercise. The hardest part is motivating yourself, so try to find something that helps you move. Can you walk to and from the store? How about walking for the sake of practicing photography? Does music help you keep moving? Is it easier to walk through a park or around the city? Find whatever works for you, and start strolling. Or, if walking isn't your style, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-for-people-who-hate-exercise">find another form of fitness</a> that works for you.</p> <h2>2. Eat Slower/Less</h2> <p><img width="350" height="335" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/baklava.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dongkwan/3199000992/"><em>Ernesto Andrade</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>How many of us sit in front of various screens (computer, television, iPad) and scarf our food down mindlessly? Eating slowly, concentrating on your food, and savoring each bite will help you eat more slowly, which helps you feel full on less food. <a href="http://amihungry.com/mindful-eating.shtml">Mindful eating</a> might sound like some sort of hippie-dippy practice, but it's actually something that anyone can benefit from. If you can spare 20 minutes for each meal of the day, chew your food carefully and slowly, and put your fork down in between bites, you will find yourself feeling better, less full, and more energized in a few days.</p> <h2>3. Drink More Water</h2> <p><img width="350" height="316" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/water.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/adactio/3367266063/"><em>Jeremy Keith</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>The news media is always blabbing on about how no one drinks enough water. If this were really true, we'd all be dying of dehydration. But it is worth checking to see if you are getting enough clean water to drink. A quick test &mdash; the pee test! Is your urine almost as clear as water? No? Then you're not drinking enough water.</p> <h2>4. Drink Less Alcohol</h2> <p><img width="350" height="467" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/scotch.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mecookie/4040460883/"><em>Mecookie</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>But wine is so good for you, right? Well, yes and no. Wine does help thin the blood and is good for your heart health, but wine contains sugars that, if not burned off, can fatten your liver. And having a <a href="http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa19.htm">fatty liver</a> can contribute to all kinds of alcohol-related health problems. There are a number of other problems associated with drinking booze, including poor sleep habits, dehydration, memory loss, and of course, one-night stands with horrifically ugly people.</p> <h2>5. Drink More Wine</h2> <p><img width="605" height="404" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/wine.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/2294658165/"><em>Joe Shlabotnik</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Wait, didn't I just say to not drink wine? Yes, I did, but I'm going to contradict myself. We've all heard over the years about <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21478144/ns/today-today_health/t/wine-good-you/">wine's health benefits</a> and how moderate consumption of wine can reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Combine a daily glass of wine with a brisk, hour-long walk (see #1), and you should be able to burn off the calories in the wine.</p> <h2>6. Meditate/Breathe Deeply</h2> <p><img width="350" height="331" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/meditate.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakesmome/2890875473/"><em>vicki watkins</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Taking a short break twice a day to concentrate your mind on a single subject (while breathing slowly and deeply) can help <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070">reduce stress and anxiety</a> and lower your blood pressure. You don't have to chant if it makes you feel uncomfortable; in fact, the actual &quot;spiritual&quot; mantras don't have any effect on the effectiveness of meditation.</p> <p>Doctors at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City have run trials for pre-surgery cardiovascular patients in which patients received guided meditation and yoga instruction, among other New Age-y sounding benefits. Patients who <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1004086,00.html">used meditation tapes pre-surgery</a> recovered faster than patients who opted not to use any of the relaxation techniques, whether or not the tapes contained &quot;real&quot; mantras (some contained relaxing-sounding gibberish).</p> <p>If meditation can help patients who need open-heart surgery, imagine what it can do for you.</p> <h2>7. Stretch Your Muscles</h2> <p><img width="605" height="403" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/stretch.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidspinks/4148814398/"><em>David Spinks</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>How many of us have careers that allow us to move all day? Probably not many. Most of us sit in front of a computer with the posture of a jumbo shrimp. If you slump in front of a PC (or a Mac, I won't discriminate) for the better part of your waking hours, try getting up every hour and performing <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretching/WL00030">some simple stretches</a>. You <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx96pzlXH2o">don't even have to get out of your chair</a> if you don't want to.</p> <p>Stretching doesn't just increase range of motion, it actually acts like <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21489011/ns/health-fitness/t/stretching-may-offer-extended-benefits/">low-impact strength training</a> for your muscles. Stretching can increase blood flow and energize an office-bound body. Stretching doesn't have to be dramatic or particularly athletic, it just has to be consistent. So set a timer on your computer and do a little stretch once an hour, concentrating on different muscle groups (neck, arms, back, legs) until your whole body is lightly worked.</p> <h2>8. Spend 10 Minutes Outside</h2> <p><img width="605" height="467" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/outside.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/officenow/2630709925/"><em>Office Now</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Although you're probably not suffering from <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001384/">rickets</a>, assuming you enjoy being outside, spending time there is a good way to get a boost of vitamin D and some fresh air &mdash; if you can find some fresh air where you live. <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/vitamin-d-deficiency">Vitamin D deficiency</a>, which is chronic in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, can increase the risk of many chronic conditions and illnesses. If you can rectify this by standing outside for a few minutes a day and absorbing a bit of sunlight, why not do it? Standing outside is (so far) free.</p> <h2>9. Cut Back on Caffeine</h2> <p><img width="605" height="403" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/coffee.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dnorman/4565203215/"><em>D'Arcy Norman</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Unless you are experiencing negative side effects from caffeine, it's not something that necessarily has to be eliminated from your day completely. But what if you are? If you're taking in too much caffeine during the day, you may find yourself jittery and nervous, or experiencing problems with indigestion or severe heartburn. Caffeine is a funny kind of drug &mdash; it's probably the only socially acceptable addiction, and there are many ways to get your daily fix. If you do consume caffeine on a regular basis, try getting it from drinks that are not highly processed. Choose coffee over Mountain Dew, for instance. Coffee is much lower in calories, and <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/09/health/webmd/main20061194.shtml">coffee also has antioxidant properties</a> that make it an attractive drink.</p> <h2>10. Drink a Cup of Tea</h2> <p><img width="605" height="403" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/tea.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rzganoza/3762526704/"><em>Renato Ganoza</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Drinking a cup of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-drink-tea">tea is healthy</a> and a smart way to get the aforementioned caffeine fix. Tea can help lower blood sugar, increase metabolism, and offer a nice excuse to socialize. Stick to decaf tea if you want to drink it later in the day, but caffeinated is perfectly fine for morning. If you don't particularly like tea, it's possible that you are brewing it wrong. Green tea needs to be brewed at a much lower temperature than black tea, for instance.</p> <h2>11. Sleep More</h2> <p><img width="350" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/sleepingcat.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaibara/4068996309/"><em>Umberto Salvagnin</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/16/uk-health-sleep-idUSLNE74F02320110516">Sleep deprivation makes you fat</a>. Seriously. When your body is low on energy, it will burn less energy than it usually does and hang onto calories that you don't need. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-enough-sleep">Chronic sleep deprivation</a> can increase the <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080101093903.htm">risk of developing Type II diabetes</a>.</p> <p>In a culture that never seems to unplug, and where bragging about lack of sleep is almost a hobby, getting enough rest to recharge your body may seem impossible. But remember, there is really nothing glamorous about being overworked and miserable, no matter what your buddies in investment banking may tell you. Sleep is incredibly important to your health.</p> <p>There may be any number of reasons <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-back-the-zombies-4-ways-to-avoid-sleep-deprivation">why you aren't getting enough sleep</a>, from bad sleeping habits to working overtime to stress or sleep apnea. If there is one single thing that you can do to improve your health today, <a href="http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/important-sleep-habits">getting more sleep should take priority</a>.</p> <h2>12. Watch Less TV</h2> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/tv.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/5449218572/"><em>dullhunk</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-tv">Watching less television</a> may be the key to getting more sleep if you are suffering from lack of Zs. Do you find yourself gazing glassy-eyed at the local news at 11 p.m., as dingbat reporters try to find some sort of local connection between a horrible world event and the area you live in? It's time to cut back on television. After all, you can get your news from the radio or the internet. Do you stay up late, trying to cram all your TiVo'd episodes of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot; into a single evening? Consider choosing one of two television shows to concentrate on, then skip the rest. Trust me, your life won't be any less rich if you miss a season or two (or the entire span) of &quot;The Apprentice.&quot;</p> <h2>13. Laugh Your Ass Off</h2> <p><img width="350" height="341" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/laughing.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/philscoville/129921627/"><em>Phil Scoville</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><a href="http://women.webmd.com/guide/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter">The benefits of laughter</a> are probably obvious to anyone who has ever had a laughing fit, the kind where you feel like you might burst or pee. <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-relief/SR00034">Laughter reduces stress</a>, and the best part? It's easy to come by. Rent whatever kind of silly movie makes you guffaw. Spend time with people who have you rolling in the aisles. Make a point of attending stand-up comedy nights. You don't have to be an all-around mirthful person (although it wouldn't hurt), because even grumps can benefit from a couple of hours of medicinal giggling.</p> <h2>14. Quit Smoking</h2> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/cigarette%20butts.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10604632@N02/1383481663/"><em>Curran Kelleher</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Do we really need any details on this one? Everyone knows how terrible smoking is for you. Just stop it. It's gross.</p> <h2>15. Eat One (More) Serving of Fruit</h2> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/oranges.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/desiitaly/2141012694/"><em>the Italian voice</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>How awesome is fruit? Seriously, think about your favorite fruit and how much you enjoy it. What is it? Pineapple? Bananas? Blueberries? Tomatoes? Peaches? Now give yourself the gift of eating a single serving of that fruit, fresh or frozen (but not canned) once a day. You get fiber, nutrients, and a happy mouth. Some fruits, like peaches, are only in season for a short while, so buy them frozen at Trader Joe's or Costco and throw them into a protein shake in the morning. Or cook them with some white wine and chilies and put on top of baked fish. Find a way to incorporate your favorite fruit into your day. It's a treat AND a healthy choice.</p> <h2>16. Exercise Your Brain</h2> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/crossword.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaybergesen/3530891784/"><em>Jay Bergesen</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>We don't really know if doing small brain exercises, like crossword puzzles or Sudoku, can really help stave off dementia in old age. But small brain teasers that can be performed during, say, your lunch hour, are a good way to help <a href="http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/news/2005/08/68409">increase your memory capacity</a>. Puzzles and quizzes are also a good way to pass idle time when waiting in line or on public transit. You can zone out while still engaging your brain. Don't feel like working on a puzzle? Try keeping a journal. Even if you simply write down the most mundane things that have happened to you at the end of the day, being forced to remember what happened since you got out of bed every morning is a good mental exercise, and it can help to recap your day right before bed.</p> <h2>17. Smile More</h2> <p><img width="605" height="402" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/smile.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/amrufm/3485308064/"><em>amrufm</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>It can be hard to smile when you don't feel happy, but conjuring up happy thoughts and really putting on a (sincerely) <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110222122059.htm">happy face can better your mood</a> and the moods of those around you. <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18485989">Facial feedback hypothesis</a> indicates that doing away with your scowl, at the very least, can have real positive effects on your emotions.</p> <h2>18. Take Your Fish Oil</h2> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/fishoil.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/spcummings/2569503808/"><em>Stephen Cummings</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Look, it's not my favorite supplement, either. The pills are big, and I always end up burping a gross, fishy scent for a couple of hours. But <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish_oil">fish oil may fight depression and anxiety</a>, and maybe help stave off cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. Unless you are allergic to fish, there's really no reason not to take it. Other than the fishy burps, and that's not a good enough reason.</p> <h2>19. Take a Hot Bath</h2> <p><img width="350" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/cattub.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/peem/3134434081/"><em>elly jonez</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Taking a warm bath might not be the greenest way to relax, but a <a href="http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2008/05/22/1681/hot-tub-therapy-for-people-with-diabetes/">hot bath can help lower your blood sugar</a>, relax aching muscles, and help you sleep better. It's not something that should be done every single day, but after a long walk in the park or on a cold evening in the winter, a good, long soak in the tub can be just what the doctor ordered.</p> <h2>20. Make Love, Not War</h2> <p><img width="605" height="403" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/sex.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jean_koulev/4092051190/"><em>Jean Koulev</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Seriously, having sex is not just awesomely fun, <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5263250/ns/health-sexual_health/t/not-just-good-good-you/">sex is good for you</a>. Oh, yes, there are risks, so take your precautions and don't do anything stupid. But if you have a partner who you trust and who trusts you, seriously, get it on. Regularly. If you have a choice between arguing about whose turn it is to do the laundry and having <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/13903-orgasm-benefits/">hot monkey sex</a> with your significant other, which one appeals more?</p> <p>Please say &quot;hot monkey sex.&quot;</p> <h2>21. Floss Your Teeth</h2> <p><img width="350" height="307" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/floss.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/509495525/">D. Sharon Pruitt</a>.</em></p> <p>Sure, flossing is significantly less interesting than having regular, rewarding sex, but it can help with your sex life by <a href="http://www.umm.edu/oralhealth/flossing.htm">preventing gum disease AND tooth decay</a>, because no one wants to make sweet, stress-relieving love to someone with a mouth full of rotting teeth. Yes, flossing is incredibly boring. But it's also very easy, and inexpensive, and good for you. So do it.</p> <h2>22. Adopt a Pet</h2> <p><img width="350" height="337" alt="My dog after face-planting in a puddle, during a walk in the park." src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/yongyong_after_faceplant.png" /></p> <p><em>Photo by Andrea Karim.</em></p> <p>Assuming you have the financial capacity and living situation that makes this viable, having a pet can be a wonderful experience. You'll need to choose the right kind of pet (fish aren't good for cuddling, many lizards are difficult to walk in a leash, horses make lousy apartment dwellers) and do all of your research into diet and other needs before adopting. Look first for animals at shelters that need homes, rather than to for-profit pet stores or illicit breeders. Animals offer companionship and a hefty dose of regular unintentional hilarity (see photo above for example &mdash; that is my dog doing his best to look dignified after falling face-first into a mud puddle).</p> <p>Dogs are great socializers, and the regular walks that they require will force you to get outside and walk more (which satisfies #1 and #8). Cats may not get you outside much, but they offer comfort and warmth and force you to replace your window treatments once every five years or so.</p> <h2>23. Get a Massage</h2> <p>&nbsp;<img width="650" height="488" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/massage.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/o5com/4950986271/sizes/m/in/photostream/"><em>o5com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>It can be hard to believe that something as indulgent as massage therapy can really have health benefits, but <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/03/08/healthmag.massage/">massage is great for your health</a>. From increasing circulation and flexibility to easing muscle aches and pinched nerves to improving brain wave activity, massage combines good feeling with healthy living. Massage can also be expensive, so seek out daily coupon email deals, massage schools, willing friends, and subscription packages from lower-priced massage centers like Massage Envy.</p> <h2>24. Plant a Garden</h2> <p><img width="605" height="467" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/tomatoespot.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/36008503@N03/3875245604/"><em>Ajith Kumar</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>Gardening is a wonderful activity that allows you to spend hours outside, playing in the dirt. Think of it as childhood revisited. But unlike childhood, when playing in the dirt merely meant getting dirty, gardening as an adult can offer a bounty of rewards, from fresh flowers to fruits, vegetables, and herbs that will improve your diet and impress your friends.</p> <p>Even if you don't have a yard, container gardening can offer plenty in the way of fresh tomatoes and enviable basil yields. Just find a sunny spot in your condo and tend your pots regularly. Dry, pickle, or preserve whatever you can't finish during the growing season, and keep the excitement of homegrown goodness year-round.</p> <h2>25. Take a Fiber Supplement</h2> <p><img width="605" height="403" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/toilet.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gemsling/2509427229/"><em>Nathan Jones</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>If you already eat the <a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-and-fruits/index.html">recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables</a>, getting more fiber might not be necessary. But if you eat a typical American diet, you're probably a bit low on fiber at the moment. Although taking fiber won't replace eating well, it can help even the dietetically challenged by making you feel fuller and by giving your colon a good ol' cleansing. You don't need to take anything special, just have a glass of water with some Metamucil or Benefiber in the morning before breakfast and again before dinner. If you want something that feels more like a treat, you can try some of those fiber gummy bears (they really are delicious).</p> <p>Fiber can help lower cholesterol and fight heart disease, as well, in addition to keeping you...you know, regular.</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/25-healthy-changes-you-can-make-today">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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