Easy ways to improve your health

As we enter the holiday season, it’s easy to come up with reasons to put off thinking about your health.

The hustle and bustle might be distracting, but focusing on how you can improve your health is the best gift you can give yourself—at Christmas or any other time of the year.

Today is a perfect day to start. No need to make a big plan or delay until the time feels right. Even if you are juggling a lot with work or family commitments right now, there are changes that you can make which will add up over time and make a difference in your health, fitness, and how you feel.

Go easy on yourself and remember that, no matter your age, there are always little changes you can make to feel stronger, support your heart, get better sleep, and even grow your endurance.

Keep reading for some specific examples of tiny steps you can take to improve your health.

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Outsmart food traps to maintain your healthy diet

Tempting-yet-unhealthy Thanksgiving pies

It takes dedication to stick to most weight-loss plans or keep up with eating a healthy diet, especially when surrounded by food traps during family gatherings and holiday celebrations.

Flamboyant former fitness instructor Richard Simmons once said that you are the only person responsible for what is on your fork and what it puts in your mouth. Though it’s true that every person controls what goes into their mouths, his quip is a little simplistic.

Consistently managing cravings and food temptations requires more than how much self-control you have. A little preparation helps make all the difference when you’re faced with food temptations.

Read on to learn more about how to outsmart food traps and reach your healthy eating goals.

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Does vaping cause lung cancer?

A woman vapes with an e-cigarette

Smoking is the leading cause of death and disease in the United States.

Some people trying to kick their smoking habits have switched to vaping, but whether or not inhaling the aerosol “vapor” from e-cigarettes is any safer than cigarette smoke is still up for debate.

Scientists are still trying to determine definitively if e-cigarettes are an effective alternative for those who want to quit smoking. Since they are so new and so much is unknown about what they do, the American Cancer Society only recommends that adults who already smoke use them as a complete substitute for tobacco products, not in addition to cigarettes.

Read on to learn more about the health problems associated with vaping.

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Starting healthy habits at age 60—and beyond

When is the last time you jogged up a staircase? Bounced to your feet after sitting on the floor? Dashed to the kitchen to pull something from the oven?

Time makes us wiser, but it also takes a toll on our bodies. As you age, you might have started to notice that some things you did with ease when you were younger now take a little more time and effort these days, better health after age 60 is possible.

All seniors experience some occasional aches, but growing older doesn’t have to come with chronic soreness and debilitating pain that keep you from doing what you love.

There are a variety of things you can do and changes you can make—even today!—that will make a difference in how you feel.

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