October 15—19 is National Health Education Week. In Dublin, surveys consistently show that wellness is a priority for residents. We’re fortunate to have many opportunities to stay active in Dublin, including the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 60+ parks and 130+ miles of paths.
Beyond your usual routine, here are five things you can do this week to stay healthy. Take it a step further by attending our Blue Zones community wellness presentation November 15. Work in Dublin? See how FitBiz can help your organization develop a wellness plan.
1. Sterilize your cell phone and keyboard
Think of every yucky thing you do with your hands every day. Now think of everything you touch with those hands. With flu season bearing down, now is the perfect time to clean and sterilize all those little things you touch all the time, like your keyboard, tablet, phone, and desk.
2. Let beans be a part of your diet
If you do one thing to improve your diet this fall, eat three cups of beans each week. Besides being a comfort food, beans add flavor and texture to soups, chili and casseroles. They’re also a great salad topper. Beans are rich in protein, iron, folic acid, fiber and potassium. So pick a bean, any bean — lima, black, garbanzo, pinto or others — and enjoy.
3. Keep a water bottle with you
On your nightstand, in your car, on your desk — there’s a reason you shouldn’t be without your water bottle. Drinking water is imperative for staying healthy, energized, and even losing weight. There are so many reasons to stay hydrated—hunger is often disguised as thirst, it boosts your metabolism, and water is the best energy drink available. To find out exactly how much water you should be drinking, divide your body weight (in pounds) by two and aim to drink that many ounces of water every day.
4. Say no to Halloween candy
What’s more frightening than a ghost or Frankenstein? Unofficially, Halloween is the start of the holiday feasting season and what starts with a tradition of begging for treats can lead to an overload of sugar, fat and extra weight gain by January. Here are some suggestions to help:
- Buy late and don’t open the candy bags until Halloween night, less temptation.
- Choose candy you don’t like.
- Give out more candy as the night goes on so there’s little to none leftover.
- Start the evening with a full stomach, you’ll be less interested in the sweet treats.
5. 5 every 30
When you think of something that could threaten your life, you probably don’t think about your chair at work or home. But according to many researchers, it’s one of the biggest potential threats to your health. Research is showing that sitting is more dangerous than smoking. For the average American adult who spends 10 hours a day sitting, we are seeing increased health risks and complications. The good news, however, is that standing up and moving for just five minutes every half hour can help reverse the negative health effects of prolonged sitting and keep your body powered on!