5 Fitness Tips to Improve Your Health
Breakfast Is Best
Consider incorporating smart substitutes at meal times, especially breakfast. Start the day with a delicious twist to bacon -- try turkey bacon, which has loads of flavor with less fat. Austin recommends turkey bacon with at least 50 percent less fat than pork bacon. "It's one of the most flavorful alternatives I've discovered, so it's a terrific option for anyone who doesn't want to sacrifice great taste." One of her go-to morning pick-me-ups is a quick and easy turkey bacon breakfast sandwich.
Hire a Workout Spy
E-mail your workout log to a supportive friend every week and you'll be more likely to stick with your exercise program.
Have a Girls' Night IN!
There's a new excuse for girls' night. Research from the Harvard Medical School shows that women who maintain close ties with their gal-pals enjoy such health benefits as lower blood pressure, increased immunity, and even longer life expectancy. So get the gals together at least once a week for some good food and good fun!
Be a Kid Again
Mix up your workout routine by jumping rope to get your blood pumping and oxygen flowing. To be a jump rope pro, stay light on your feet and do small jumps in place. Pump it up by shifting your weight from your right foot to the left while you circle your arms. For a real challenge, jump with both feet together and crisscross your arms in front.
According to a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service, people achieve a higher level of mental and physical health by helping others.