1. Drive 1 mile less per day. A study conducted at University of Illinois found that, on average, your BMI would drop .21 points after 6 years because you would probably be more active if you were not driving.
2. Play cards, read a magazine or challenge your friends to your favorite board game. Scientists in Chicago found that there is a strong association between mind stimulating activities and structural integrity of the brain's white matter
3. Tell your doctor about supplements. To be safe ask your doctor about the supplements that you are taking to make sure they don't interact with your current prescriptions. Or better yet, ask your local pharmacist.
4. Move (even a little more). Regular exercise has so many benefits and you don't have to spend hours in the gym. According to the National Cancer Institute, exercising just 10 minutes per day can add 1.8 years to your life and 20 minutes will add 3.4 years.
5. Eat brown rice. Get in three servings a day of whole grains and reduce your risk of diabetes, certain cancers, constipation and heart disease.
6. Drink black tea. Lots of benefits: reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, lower blood sugar, triglycerides and risk of Parkinson's Disease. It may even help prevent ovarian cancer in women.
7. Keep your home well lit. Make sure all your light bulbs are working to help prevent falling or tripping in your home. One in three adults over 65 fall every year, resulting in hip fractures, head injuries and early death.
If you need help making a change, just let me know. I am here to help.