BEAT FAT CRAVINGS WITH AVOCADOS
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Bonus benefits include providing your body with important nutrients and potentially lowering your cholesterol.
— Bellevue Club Nutritionist Cherie Valley
GET IN THE GROOVE
Studies show that people who listen to music while working out are able to workout longer and harder. Bring headphones and choose music with a strong, catchy beat and you'll be working out to a different tune in no time. The only downside is when you accidentally find yourself singing aloud in public.
–Fitness Director Sue Matyas
Does work stress interfere with your ability to relax on Sundays? You're not alone. Many of us feel panicky and gloomy on Sunday as we anticipate the week ahead. Consider these strategies:
Schedule something fun on Monday night. A recent television commercial suggests that Monday Night Football was created to bring joy to the beginning of the week. Not a football fan? Schedule a dinner or a movie with friends. Also, try not to save all of your chores for Sunday. Instead, try to spread them throughout the week.
Here's a little known secret: Sundays are quiet at the Bellevue Club. Enjoy a meal, take a swim or join a class. For an added bonus, stop by The Spa for a facial, pedicure or massage. You will leave calm and prepared for your week ahead.
–Spa Director Katie Greenwood
HIT THE GROUND WALKING
Hands down, walking is the best activity you can do to get your daily exercise. Why? It's easy and safe for most people to add to their daily routine. It's accessible, and can be done practically anywhere and at any time of day or night. What's more, according to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate and is the single-most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health. Plus, it's social. Take a walk with friends or a loved one to make your walk more enjoyable.
— Overlake Hospital
HEART DISEASE KNOWS NO GENDER
While heart disease was once considered mostly a man's health concern, more women are now impacted by the disease. In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America each year. The risks for women increase at menopause and the course of the disease is often worse for women. Some factors that increase the risk of heart attack for women include hormone replacement therapy after menopause, smoking and high cholesterol. Here are tips for women to avoid heart disease:
- Stay active and eat good, healthy food.
- Keep a positive outlook and enjoy life.
- Don't smoke.
- Know your blood pressure, along with cholesterol and blood sugar-levels.
- If you have risk factors,
address them with a doctor.