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The Cheaters Guide to Healthy Living

May 17, 2006

I get tons of emails everyday from readers of my daily rants telling me they know they should be eating healthier and exercising more. But they just don’t have the time.

Personally I can relate – and I’m sure you can too. For me it took getting slapped in the face by 3 heart attacks (3rd one almost killed me) before I started getting serious about my health.

Even though I knew I’d look and feel a lot better if I just did a few things differently. I was just too caught up in the daily grind…

So if you’re like I was and you’re living wrong and you know it – but you just don’t have enough hours in the day to do anything about it. Then my little “Cheaters Guide to Healthy Living” is just for you…

You are what you eat!

Everyone knows we need to eat at least 3 serving of fresh fruits and veggies a day for optimum health. Preferably 5 serving – but if you’re one of those people that’s constantly on the go - then getting your daily dose of fruit and veggies can be a real challenge.

But instead of throwing caution to the wind and having a candy bar or a bag of chips for lunch. Try a fruit smoothie or a V8 instead. There are even a few fast food joints now that serve salads and fruit cups.

Personally, I always have a canister of cashews or raisins hanging around. I keep one at home…one in my car…and one at the office. So I always have a healthy snack handy.

Beats the hell out of French fries and a soda! And it’s still fast food.

Stay Sharp!

Reading a book, doing a cross word puzzle and reciting poetry are the perfect exercises for keeping your mind sharp and your thoughts clear. But if you can’t manage to squeeze a couple chapters of a good book into your busy schedule – try my cheaters approach.

Pick up the local paper for 5 minutes – even if you just look at the sports section. If you’re stuck at your desk and the boss isn’t looking try looking at an interesting website or playing a quick trivia game.

I’ve recently become addicted to online poker – Texas Hold’em. It’s better than just watching T.V and letting your mind go to mush.

It only takes 30 minutes a day!

That’s even too much for some people – even though they know that regular exercise is probably the single most important factor to having long lasting good health. Personally I recommend at least 15 – 30 minutes a day 5 times a week.

But if that’s too much time away from the office – then try becoming an exercise opportunist. You could take the stairs instead of the elevator – instead of using a cart at the grocery store carry your groceries in one of those little baskets.

And if you have your own office at work you could even drop down and do a few push ups when nobody’s watching. Every little bit helps!

Don’t forget to brush!

Sorry guys – there’s no short cut for this one. Just make sure you have a spare tooth brush and roll of floss in your car. So you can brush and floss whenever it’s convenient for you.

Good hygiene is critical to a balanced healthy lifestyle.

I know you’re busy but you still have to try to make the smartest decisions for your health that you possibly can.

It’s a busy world out there for everybody – but we still have to take care of #1 first. No one else is going to take care of you but you. And without your health what do you have?

So give it a shot and maybe we’ll all get to live to 100.

Stay Healthy!

Doc Darville

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