By Harry Papas, certified dietician specializing in obesity issues and author of the book: Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight
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Move Often. These days most of us sit at a desk all day. We ride in the car to and from work, and then at night we attempt to relax by plopping on the couch in front of the TV.
Sometimes we get on the treadmill at home or go to a gym and exercise with fellow stressed professionals. The easiest way to improve this situation is by walking. Walking is probably the best exercise that you can add to your life today.
Every time you need to get from point A to point B, consider if there is a way to get there on your own two feet. Try walking outside through a park full of birds, flowers, and sunshine. You will feel so rejuvenated (much more so than if you had stared at a TV while walking on a treadmill).
Try to add a 20-30 minute pleasure walk each day and make it a point to move more often throughout the day, whether it be taking the stairs or walking from room to room in your office.
Slower, more productive living. The result of instant access to everything through smart phones and the internet exposes us to high levels of stress daily. Everything is expected to be faster and we are supposed to always be keeping up.
Try disconnecting for a while and see what happens to your mood and stress level. Take a few moments to go outside, close your eyes, relax, and bask in the sun.
Turn off your cell phone and put it away. Finding moments to escape from everyday pressures is an important part of creating a fulfilling and happy life, as well as contributing to your health and longevity.
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Quality connections. Making quality time for family and friends is one of the many ways to feel connected to the world around you. Find ways to bond with nature, your environment, and your community.
It will result in a sense of history and belonging that provides a healthy psychological and emotional balance to your life. You can create a solid sense of community through extended family, friends, and people who live nearby.