Holly Creek LiveWell Tips

Health & Wellness

Posted: October 5, 2022

Holly Creek LiveWell Tip for October

Walk Fast to Age Slow

Recent research indicates walking speed is just as (or more) important for your health as doing 10,000 steps a day. Brisk walking is linked to better memory, better health and a longer life, so increase your pace until you are slightly out of breath or perspiring. Walking outdoors adds the benefits of vitamin D and light, but treadmills are great when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

September – Get Togetherness

Good health is influenced as much by feeling part of a community as exercise and diet. So, finding strength in numbers can literally mean just that!

August – If I Cannot Fly, Let Me Sing

Whether you listen to it, play an instrument, or even sing out of tune, music has an almost miraculous effect on our overall health. It boosts energy and creativity, reduces anxiety and depression, improves sleep, brightens your mood and so much more. Put more music in your life and play on and on!


July – Shop with a Farmer

Buying fresh fruit and vegetables at local farmer’s markets is a fun, delicious way to eat well and stay healthy. Plus, you’re outdoors, getting a little exercise, and may discover other interesting things while wandering the booths. Find a farmer’s market near you and make it a weekly adventure.


June – Wander. Wonder. Repeat.

Traveling is the one thing we buy that is guaranteed to make us richer. The benefits of regular travel to your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health are well-documented. Go local or global… just go!


May – Play Dirty

Gardening is good for you. Whether in your backyard, a community garden, or a container, it stimulates all the senses, strengthens our connection with nature, and offers a variety of proven physical and emotional benefits. C’mon, get your hands dirty!


April – Healthy Oil, Healthy You

A clinical trial of 7,000 older adults at risk of heart disease found those eating an olive oil-rich Mediterranean diet had 30% fewer heart attacks and strokes, improved lipid and cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure, too. Another study uncovered that people who ingested the most olive oil-derived polyphenols lived 9.5 years longer! So oil well and stay well!


March – Smile!

When the song “When You’re Smiling” was written in 1928, who knew science would later find smiling has real-life health benefits? Smiles release endorphins and other brain chemicals that fight stress, improve mood, boost the immune system and even reduce pain. Plus, smiling is contagious!


February – Go Out on a Limb

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.” – Shirley MacLaine

In other words, never stop growing. And always eat your fruit!


January – You Are What You Read

Reading for just 3.5 hours a week (books more so than periodicals) is shown to reduce stress, enhance memory and promote better sleep. So, grab your favorite novel, and read your way to better health.


December – Shine On!

Sunshine. Just 10-15 minutes a day outdoors increases your body’s serotonin levels, which elevates mood. Safe exposure to the sun also creates Vitamin D, known to build bones, reduce inflammation, and boost immunity. This winter, make a point to get outside in the sun every day, even just a walk around the block. And shine on.


November – Talk to your Doc

Whether at a regular check-up or to address a concern, always talking honestly with your doctor is the single most important way to stay your healthiest. In fact, research shows that those who have good relationships with their doctors are more satisfied with their care—and enjoy better outcomes. Here are some tips to talk the talk with your doc.


October – Sleep Naked

Numerous studies indicate sleeping in the nude improves your health! Sleeping without clothing lowers your body temperature, which promotes falling asleep faster and better-quality sleep. It can also keep skin healthier, reduce anxiety and even prevent weight gain. That’s the naked truth!


September – Far Out!

More than just a hippie flower child activity from the 60s, meditation offers powerful health benefits. It’s very easy to do, doesn’t require much time and research shows it can enhance short- and long-term memory, aid digestion, circulation and sleep, decrease stress, anxiety and depression and much more. Help yourself from the inside-out!


August – Go Fish!

Fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that protect against heart disease (especially in combination with statins), type II diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Plus, eating this type of fish at least once a week can slow the cognitive decline associated with aging by 10 to 13 percent a year! That’s no fish story. Learn more about the power of fish from the Cleveland Clinic.


July – Think Fast!

Thanks to our ancient hunter-gatherer roots, the human body evolved to function well without reliable food sources. Today, intermittent fasting may actually improve your health and longevity, and protect against Alzheimer’s, type II diabetes and heart disease. And it’s much easier than it sounds. Talk to your health provider or a nutritionist before starting any new eating regimen. Think fast to slow the aging process. Read Healthline’s guide to intermittent fasting.


June 2021 – Brighten Up!

Being positive can influence a lot more than your mood. According to study after study, optimistic people feel healthier, actually are healthier, and live longer, too! Negativity stresses the body and elevates cortisol levels, which impacts heart health, sleep quality, weight and cognition. Always look on the sunny side of life! Learn more about positive thinking from Verywell Mind.


May 2021 – Espresso Yourself!

Whether espresso or regular Joe, enjoying 2–3 coffees a day reduces risk for several cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Coffee is loaded with healthy antioxidants. Plus, a recently identified compound phenylindane may help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease! Darker is better. Hold the sugar and milk. Learn more about the health benefits of drinking coffee from Johns Hopkins Medicine.


April 2021 – Get Your ZZZs

Sleep may be as important to the health of older adults as diet and exercise. A good, restorative night’s sleep (7–9 hours) helps improve concentration and memory, allows the body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day and refreshes the immune system. Sweet dreams! Learn more from the Harvard Health Blog.


March 2021 – Venture Forth

Research shows traveling offers a host of physical and mental health benefits. Travel’s new environments and experiences stimulate your brain, give life more meaning and help you stay in better physical shape, too. What are you waiting for? Go, and enjoy the journey. Learn more from the Global Coalition on Aging.

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