Congrats to Our Winners!

September 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm , by


After blogging about our six-week Younger You plan, we wanted to reward our lovely fans and followers with a giveaway. One of our favorite motivational tips from the series was to wear a pedometer. We love seeing how many steps we can rack up in a day, and we thought you might like to try them too. So we drew three names from our entries, above (that’s me on the left and LHJ‘s health director Julie on the right).

After we picked our winners, we wanted to follow up with them, too. Not just because they each got an awesome Omron pedometer, but also because their tips were inspiring. Here’s what they shared:

“My daughter has swim practice at 5:30 am. Instead of heading back home and into bed, I walk for 60 minutes. I also find myself not looking for the closest parking spot at the market, but will park farther away. It’s amazing how changing one habit in your life ends up changing so many other little ones as well.” —Tricia

“I try to drink more water and eat healthier all the time. I no longer eat meat of any kind, too…More veggies and fruit.” —Cecilia

“I joined Weight Watchers and lost 26 pounds… I need to start walking regularly, more weight to lose :) ” —Heather

Congrats to Tricia, Cecilia and Heather! You can read the rest of our fans’ health tips on our Facebook page here. Thanks for playing, and cheers to a younger you!

Six Weeks to a Younger You: Giveaway!

September 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm , by

We finished blogging our Six Weeks to a Younger You plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. To really reap the benefits, you’ve got to keep up with it—even if you fumble every once in a while.

My favorite part of the whole plan is from week one: wear a pedometer. I had never used one before, even though I’d heard “you need to aim for 10,000 steps a day” a million times. But after I finally tried it, I was surprised that on my first day I reached nearly 5,000 steps. When I told my sister, she immediately ordered two pedometers for her and her husband so they could compete with each other—and with me. So far, she’s winning because she works from home and paces around the house on conference calls. It really makes a difference!

So, to remind you to keep up with your Younger You habits, we’re going to give away three really great pedometers, courtesy of Omron. (Michael F. Roizen, M.D., chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and member of the LHJ Medical Advisory Board, once told us that he likes Omron pedometers, so we called the company and asked for a few samples. That’s me with our prizes, above.)

All you have to do is comment on this blog, below (or on our Facebook page; just hit the Like button to post) and tell us one thing you do to be healthier.

We’ll draw three random names on Monday afternoon. Cheers to a Younger You!

6 Weeks to a Younger You: Week 1

August 10, 2011 at 10:09 am , by

Me w saladOkay, ladies (and any gentlemen who want to join us), it’s week one of our six-week challenge, so let’s do this!

As I said in my intro yesterday, this plan, from the article in our September issue, is a series of small but important lifestyle changes to tune up your body, brain and spirit–in easy-to-swallow doses. It’s all based on evidence proven to make you look and feel younger. It will help you develop healthy habits you can live with. And it’s fun!

Each week we’ll meet here and talk about the four goals for our week: one each for Body, Diet, Brain and Spirit.

Today let’s start with brightening up your diet. Ban the beige and go for Roy G Biv instead, meaning fruits and veggies in every color of the rainbow. It’s so easy to do this time of year, with farmer’s markets overflowing with jewel-like produce. Go for blueberries with your Greek yogurt. Slice heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, top with fresh basil leaves, salt and pepper and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Blanch kale, chard or spinach and toss with cherry tomatoes, cooked whole-wheat pasta and freshly grated Parmesan. Rub big slices of bright yellow zucchini and red or orange bell pepper with a little olive oil and toss on the grill. Skip the drive-through and head to your DIY salad bar for lunch (as I did yesterday, above). You get the idea. Add color to all three meals for a few days and you will feel different—better. Guaranteed.

I know; you work long hours and have no extra money and it’s been really, really hot outside. It’s almost impossible to get any exercise. I hear you. All we’re asking this week is that you move more than the week before. Start with a pedometer, any basic one that counts your steps. You can buy one at a sporting goods store for around $10, sometimes less. Wear it all day long to get a baseline of how many steps you normally take. Then your goal is to increase it this week by 10 percent. So if you log 3,000 steps today, go for 3,300 tomorrow. Maintain that or go for more if you can. You’ll be amazed how much you can increase your number just by getting up and moving around more at work, parking farther away from the entrance at the store, going for a walk in the early morning while it’s relatively cool, etc. I’m lucky because I live in New York and can walk to my office. I measured it this morning and it’s 2,240 steps, which takes about 20 minutes. That’s a good start. Now the trick is to add to it. Ideally we’ll work our way up to 10,000 steps a day.

Sex is good for your overall health, but now research shows that it may help you grow more brain cells, too. (Gives new meaning to the phrase “sex on the brain,” doesn’t it?) Your new healthy habits should make you feel more sexy, too. So put sex on your calendar this week and keep that appointment! And may I say, while intimacy and sharing are important parts of the sex equation, it’s the orgasm that has the most health benefits. So keep this goal on your agenda even if you don’t have a partner!

No, I don’t mean with ice cream. Reinforce your new healthy habits with something that gives you pleasure but is calorie- and guilt-free. Maybe it’s a movie, a new book, a manicure or a good conversation with your best friend.

Keep your new habits going, and report in on the comments section below to let us know how you’re doing. Then check back next Wednesday for week two of our plan. Woo-hoo for a younger you!

Stepping It Up A Notch: My Pedometer Experiment

September 10, 2009 at 10:09 am , by

2850279479_43a619b5b0I may write words for a living, but deep down, I’m a numbers kinda girl. I like things you can count. The number of rows it takes finish off an ear of corn. Taxi meter fare. Twitter followers. So it only seemed natural that I was attracted to the notion of strapping on a pedometer to figure out how many steps I walk a day.

Popular guidelines suggest aiming for 10,000 steps a day, a goal that has its roots in Japanese walking clubs and slogans from the 1960s.  And research shows that taking 10,000 steps a day can help you lose weight and lower your blood pressure.

So how did this health editor measure up?   Read more

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