Top 18 Tips to Make This Year Your Healthiest Ever

• Take Your Pulse.

Lower your daily sodium intake to 1,500 mg. if your pulse rate is higher than ninety beats per minute. Also get thirty minutes of brisk exercise five days a week and tell your doctor the next check-up you have.

• Bake a Potato.

Did you know that one baked spud with a teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt has heart healthy potassium and magnesium, almost three grams of fiber and immune boosting B vitamins?

• Adopt a Dog.

Walking a dog for fifteen minutes burns sixty-one calories. Owning a pet also lowers blood pressure and stress.

• Wear Sunblock.

You should always wear a sunblock that protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays no matter what the season or weather.

• Eat Walnuts.

A handful of walnuts contain compounds that lower the bad cholesterol and help repair arteries that are damaged.

• Ask Your Doctor Three Questions.

Ask your physician what screenings are appropriate for your age, how your family history might affect your care and if your current medications and dosage are appropriate.

• Ask About a House call.

Request personalized and attentive care by contacting the American Academy of Home Care Physicians at if you have trouble getting to your doctor’s office.

• Eat In, Not Out.

Cooking at home is the most effective way to cut down on saturated fat, sodium and starchy carbs which can lead to heart disease risk and weight gain.

• Get More Sleep.

Sleep deprived people have higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can lead to diabetes, weight gain and depression. Be sure you get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

• Drink a Cup of Joe.

Coffee can decrease your risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and liver cancer.

• Turn Down The Heat.

To get a good night’s sleep and feel energized throughout the day, keep the temperature in your home between 65 and 68 degrees.

•Listen to Mozart.

You can bring down your blood pressure by listening to thirty minutes of classical music each day as you concentrate on slow deep breathing.

•Spice Up Your Egg’s.

Add fresh or roasted red chili peppers to your eggs in the morning. They will make you feel fuller and less likely to eat a high calorie lunch.

•Spend On Experience and Not Stuff.

Those who spend money on experience like classes, travel or hobbies say they feel more satisfaction with their purchases than those who spend on possessions.

• Say “Thank You.”

Take a little time each day to write down the things you are thankful for. Replaying the experience in your mind as you write helps you to get the boosting benefits of a “gratitude” journal.

• Use Only One Pharmacy.

When you obtain all of your prescriptions from one pharmacy you are more likely to prevent drug interactions and even save some money on medicines.

• Change Batteries.

It is recommended by firefighters that you recharge your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time you change your clocks in the spring and fall.

• Replace Your Shoes.

Worn out shoes can cause back pain. Either upgrade or repair your shoes as soon as you notice the pad or heel are wearing down.