Tips for Teen Girls » Health Tips
1. Shake your Body!
Every day find new ways to move your body. Use the stairs
rather than an escalator or elevator. Walk your dog
(or a neighbours' dog if you don't have one!) , chase
your kids, play ball with friends, mow the lawn. Anything
that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it's
a stress buster. Think 'move' in small increments of
time. It doesn't have to be an hour in the gym or a
45-minute cardiovascular class or body pump or kickboxing.
Move more and feel better!
2. Cut the Fat
Don't eat the obvious fat in your diet such as fried
foods, burgers and other fatty meats. Eat dairy products
like cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream low fat
versions. Nuts and sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine,
butter and sauces should be eaten in limited amounts
and even then in their low fat verions. Most are available
in lower fat versions.
3. Reduce Stress
Stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques recommended
by experts are to think positive thoughts. Spend 30
minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e., go back
to number one above!, exercise is a great stress reducer,
Soak in a hot tub; walk on the beach or in a park; read
a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen
to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage,
a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten before
losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult
people when possible.
4. Stop Smoking
All the experts agree on this one. Ever since 1960 when
it was announced that smoking was harmful to your health,
people have been reducing their use of tobacco products.
Just recently, we've seen a surge in smoking in adolescents
and teens. Warn your children of the false romance or
'tough guy' image of smokers. Find ways to quit smoking
hypnosis, support groups and even prescription medicine
such as Zyban is available to help you..
5. Reduce your exposure to Pollution
Not everyone can live in a smog-free environment, but
we can all avoid smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas,
breathing in highway fumes and exercising near busy
thoroughfares. Exercise outside when the smog rating
is low. Exercise indoors in air conditioning where air
quality is good. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard.
It's a good pollution deterrent. If you ride a bicycle
in traffic, where a small pollution mask over your mouth
6. Clunk Click every Trip
Statistics show that the wearing of seat belts add to
longevity and help alleviate potential injuries in car
7. Don't Drink too Much Alcohol
Whilst it is true that a glass of wine or one drink
a day (two for men) can help protect against heart disease,
more alcohol than that, or binge drinking on a night
out, can cause other serious health problems such as
liver and kidney disease and cancer.
8. Floss Your Teeth
Harvard Medical School studied longevity and found one
of the most important contributing factors was daily
flossing! Flossing and brushing your teeth daily can
make your RealAge as much as 6.4 years younger. These
studies make a direct connection between longevity and
teeth flossing. Nobody knows exactly why. Perhaps it's
because people who floss tend to be more health conscious
than people who don't?
9. Maintain a Positive Mental Outlook
There's a definitive connection between living well
and healthily and having a cheerful outlook on life.
Yes, keep on smiling and laughing!
10. Pick Your Parents Well!
The link between genetics and health is a powerful one.
You can't pick your parents, but just because one or
both of your parents died young in ill health doesn't
mean you can't counteract the genetic pool handed you.
So follow the first 9 tips above