For Winter season without trouble
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1. Enjoy the Benefits of Yogurt

A pack of yogurt in winter may,

  • Help prevent osteoporosis
  • Reduce your risk of high blood pressure
  • Cure gastrointestinal problems like inflammatory bowel disease and constipation

When buying yogurt, think of low-fat and make sure the yogurt contains active cultures and vitamin D, and keep tabs on sugar content.

2. Winter Heartburn

Getting hit with heartburn over the winter holidays? Help is at hand!

Nibble: Enjoy your favorite foods -- but in moderation. Do not heap on the goodies and pack you stomach at once to avoid heartburns.

Know Your Triggers: Certain foods give heartburns. Typical triggers include foods full of sugar and fat. Instead reach for complex carbs like veggies and whole-wheat breads.

Get Up: Stretching out for a nap post-meal is tempting but instead, go walking after your dinner. Light exercise is a great way to prevent heartburn.

3. Avoid Winter Holiday Cold Sores

If you find you're more prone to cold sores (also called fever blisters) during the hectic holiday season, you may be your own worst enemy. That's because lack of sleep, too much alcohol or sugar, stress, and close physical contact can all contribute to outbreaks.

So, to help keep your winter cold-sore -- or to keep from passing your cold sores to others -- try these tips:

  • Don't overdo the holiday yummy food -- maintain a healthy diet.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Don't share food or drink containers.
  • Discard used tissues.
  • Don't kiss on or near anyone's cold sore -- and don't let them near yours!

4. De-Stress With Meditation

The bad weather, the seasonal pace, work: If this time of year has your stress growing, it may be time to close your eyes, breathe ... and meditate.

Meditation gives power. The act of banishing thoughts, focusing on your breathing, and repeating a single word or phrase, fires up your body's natural relaxation response.

And meditation can do more than soothe away stress. Research shows it may help lower blood pressure, boost immunity, reduce PMS symptoms, even aid in fertility and the delivery of a new mom's milk.

5. Start a Winter Tradition: Family Workouts

Grandparents are in town, a flurry of kids is underfoot, and you're wondering where you'll find time for a quick winter workout. Here's a thought: Why not get everyone involved with these simple workouts?

Walking: It's suitable for young or old, with a pace that's sedate or speedy. Try these ideas to get the gang on their feet:

  • Do laps at the mall. If you shop, cart your own packages and then unload them in the car after every store.
  • Disguise the walk as something else. Toss a ball as you stroll, fling a Frisbee, or take the dog to the park.
  • Instead of driving, walk over to your favorite local restaurant.
  • Take part in a holiday fund-raiser, like the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Make the Living Room Your Gym

When everyone's on the couch chatting, or watching TV -- why not sneak in a little calorie burn, too?

  • Do crunches: Sit on the edge of the couch, hands gripping the edge at your side, then bend knees, lifting them toward your chest.
  • Leg lifts: Use the same position as above, but lift your legs straight up, instead of bending them.
  • Trim those triceps by doing dips off the couch edge.
  • Build your biceps: Grab a bottle of water or a can of soda and do curls.

6. Eat Locally

Organic may be today's healthy-eating watchword, but don't forget this phrase too: eat locally.
Some nutritionists think eating locally may be even more important than eating organically. That's because a vital factor in a food's nutrient profile is how long it took to get from farm to table: A head of locally grown lettuce, for example, may be more nutrient-dense than one shipped coast to coast.

Does this mean you should forgo pesticide-free foods when they're available? No, but it's a great idea to make room on your plate for locally-grown goods too, even if they haven't been grown the organic way. Better yet: Eat locally and organic, when you can.

An easy way to get local -- and often organic -- food on the table: Join a CSA (community-supported agriculture). CSAs help you form a relationship with a local farm, which then provides you with fresh, local produce, even milk, eggs, or cheese. Some also function twelve months a year. Find a CSA near you at LocalHarvest.org.

7. Try These 3 Simple Diet & Exercise Tips

Go Slow: You don't need to do a diet slash-and-burn. If you cut just 200 calories a day you'll see slow (and easy) weight loss. Skip a pat of butter here, a cookie there and you're on your way!

Start Small: Banning junk food from the cupboards or boosting fiber may be your goal, but think baby steps. Switch from potato chips to low-fat popcorn, for example, or toss a carrot into your brown bag lunch.

Just Show Up: Don't feel like working out today? Don those exercise clothes anyway. Still not in the mood? Fine. But chances are good that once you're dressed, you're also motivated and ready to go!

8. Invest in Your Health - Literally

Whichever healthy steps you take this year -- eating better, exercising more, saving -- remember they're an investment in you and your future. So follow these steps toward better health -- or take your own. Bank a little more sleep this year. Set aside stressful differences. Stock a healthier pantry. Salt away ... a little less salt. It's your body -- and your future!

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