1. Empty your wallet
Carrying a heavy wallet in your back pocket can press on the sciatic nerve causing numbness, burning, tingling, pins and needles, aching and muscle pain.
2. Stand up
Reducing and regularly interrupting prolonged sitting time improves blood sugar control – vital to prevent and better manage type 2 diabetes. So says a November 2016 study.
Two minutes an hour to better health
3. Wake up and smell the coffee
Higher caffeine intake is linked with fewer and less severe symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which effects one person in every 500.
Tea vs coffee: which one is better for your health?
4. Take a deep breath
A recent Belgian study found that a spontaneous sigh instantly relieves anxiety and alleviates bodily tension.
5. Choose the veggie option
High-protein diets are bang on trend but, say US researchers, in women aged 50-79 they could do more harm than good. Why? They may raise their risk of heart failure, especially if most of the protein comes from meaty dishes.
Do vegetarians have a lower risk of cancer?
6. Open the curtains
Blue light, part of the light spectrum, can boost brain sharpness. What’s more, effects last for up to 40 minutes.
7. Snap a selfie
Taking pictures of yourself and sharing them with friends can reduce stress, according to a University of California study.
8. But avoid online food
American researchers found that constantly exposing yourself to tempting virtual images of dishes on social media can cause you to eat too much and pile on all-too-real pounds.
9. Sit up straight
An upright posture can make someone with negative thoughts, and all the effects on health that can cause, feel much more positive, according to recent Dutch research in Cognition and Emotion journal.
10. Sniff a stick
A few inhalations of an aromatherapy stick dramatically reduce blood pressure and heart rate, according to a new study.
For more on the latest health research that could boost your wellbeing in 2017, see the January issue of Saga Magazine.
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