We found this article, and thought that it had some awesome tips for wellness in the new year. Go to http://blog.womenshealthmag.com/thisjustin/top-health-tips-of-2011/?cm_mmc=twitter-_-WomensHealth-_-content-health_Blog-_-toptips2011 to read the entire article!
Each year, we bring you thousands of health tips and tricks to make getting fit, slimming down, and living happily a little bit easier. Now that 2012 is upon us, revisit some of our fave findings of the year (in no particular order).
Eat these “bad-for-you” foods again. Did you nix steak, eggs (yolks included), peanut butter, and more in the hopes of conquering your bathroom scale? Well, you really didn’t have to. New studies show that these former weight-loss foes are actually good for you when eaten smartly. Moderation is the key to allowing these foods back into your lives and back onto your plates.
Protein is the best energy-booster. Ditch sweet snacks when you’re reaching that 3 o’clock slump. Unlike protein, sugar will only give you a temporary spike of energy, meaning you’ll crash shortly after drinking that soda. Determined to have the sweet stuff? Pair it with protein: A study from the University of Cambridge shows that eating protein with sugar can counteract the negative effects of sugar.
Stop smoking. No, seriously, stop. One cigarette alone delivers 4,000 chemicals straight into your organs. So with the 10 puffs and five minutes it takes to smoke the average cigarette, you invite formaldehyde, ammonia, carbon monoxide (the same stuff found in car exhaust), and more icky substances, to make themselves at home in your body.
There are 10 simple ways to prevent breast cancer. One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. Scary stat, right? Luckily, research shows that there are a ton of simple lifestyle habits that can up your defenses. An example? Think positive. Research from Ben-Gurion University in Israel shows that optimistic women may be 25 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than their Negative Nancy counterparts.
12 reasons to hit the weights. A key to a longer and healthier life, weight lifting will also help you rock that bikini like never before. But only about a fifth of women strength train two or more times per week. So run into the weight room, stat. We promise you won’t look like a muscle head.