10 WAYS TO LIVE LONGER at WORK!!!



Green Tea1. Drink a cup of green tea in the morning!

Green Tea has a substantial amount of benefits for your health including:

  • Reduces the risk of cancer and disease
  • Aids depression, and headaches
  • Lowers cholesterol levels

2. Keep yourself hydrated by always having a glass of water on your desk.

A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink at least 100 ounces of water per day.

3. Every 20-25 minutes, take a 2-5 minute break and move around, invest in an adjustable workstation.

By moving around and standing up you will spark blood flow throughout your system, burn more calories, and revamp your body. Give your eyes a break from the monitor, and you will not get fatigue so frequently. When sitting on your computer all day be sure to use ergonomic products for proper posture.

4. Stretch during breaks.

  • Improve circulation
  • Improve range of motion
  • Improve posture
  • Decrease joint stiffness
  • Decrease muscle tension
  • Improve performance (there is limited evidence to support this)
  • Improve your ability to relax
  • Allow time for mental training, such as visualization

5. Challenge your brain!

Alzheimer's disease is far less common in college graduates. Why? Scientists suppose it's because people with higher education are more likely to read and pursue other intellectually challenging activities, which stimulate regeneration of nerve endings in the brain. So, whether you've got a Ph.D. or are barely finished high school, keep reading or listen to intellectually stimulating books on tape instead of pop music when you drive. Do crosswords or other brainteasers. Anything that challenges your brain will help keep it young.

6. Just say ummmm!!!

In 1992, The International Journal of Neuroscience reported that daily meditation added a full twelve years, on average, to the life span of senior citizens. A study of 2,000 seniors found that those who did relaxation exercises daily had 87% fewer heart attacks than is normal for their age group, 55% fewer cancerous tumors and 87% fewer nervous disorders. To relax, try tai chi, meditation or yoga.

7. Tell a Joke!

A good laugh is like a mini-workout - 100 to 200 laughs are equivalent to ten minutes of jogging or rowing, says US cardiologist, Dr William Fry. Research also shows that it lowers levels of stress hormones, and heightens the activity of the body's natural defensive killer cells and antibodies.

8. Eat the right snacks.

Stay away from processed food, and eat natural foods like apples, oranges, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, lemons, wheat, and oats. This will keep your body energized and healthy.

9. Be optimistic!

Researchers have found that optimistic people had a 50% decreased risk of early death compared with those who leaned more toward pessimism. The results, published in the August 2002 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, make sense: Those with a positive outlook on life are probably less stressed, better equipped to deal with adversity and, consequently, healthier. Optimists also tend to have lower blood pressure than pessimists, which, again, is most likely related to how positive thinkers respond to stress.

10. When you leave work, have a glass of wine!

Drinking either red wine or white wine will increase the HDL, or good, cholesterol. Red Wine contains more resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. Don’t drink more than one glass, heavy drinking will increase your risk of several chronic disease

RESOURCES:
Stretching Basics. http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/flexibility/a/aa040703a.htm
The Miracle of Green Tea. http://chinesefood.about.com/library/weekly/aa011400a.htm
Drinking Water to Maintain Good Health. http://nutrition.about.com/od/hydrationwater/a/waterarticle.htm
Tips for living longer. http://www.askmen.com/sports/health/23b_mens_health.html
25 ways to live longer http://www.ivillage.co.uk/health/hlive/style/articles/0,,181167_583851,00.html

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