From SELF Magazine
1. INCREASE YOUR FLU -FIGHTING POWERS
Two and a half hours of vigorous exercise per week can lower your flu risk by around 10 percent, finds a new study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Exercise may boost the circulation of white blood cells, strengthening immunity. For bonus health insurance, wipe down your cardio machine before and after each use.
2. JUST ADD OATS
SPRINKLING 1/3 -cups oat bran into your next smoothie can help you feel fuller longer. When people drank juice enriched with 4 grams of beta-glucan, a fiber found in oat bran, they felt significantly more satiated than those who drank regular juice. Researchers credit fiber’s ability to absorb water, which slows digestion.
3. KNOW WHEN TO STAY OFFLINE
Resist the urge to hit facebook to dig up info on someone before a job interview or date. You could end up comparing yourself to others and stressing, suggests a report in
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
4. GET UP AND AT ‘EM
People who soak up moderately bright light before noon have significantly lower BMIs than those who get their exposure later in the day, a Northwestern Medicine study finds. Experts say light synchronizes circadian rhythms, a crucial factor in regulating energy levels – it can affect BMI by up to 20 percent. If you can’t squeeze in a morning walk, get some sunlight by parking farther away from the office or making a coffee run down the block. Outdoor light is best. But you could also sit or work next to a window.