FIND A WORKOUT YOU ACTUALLY ENJOY
Exercise improves your mood, makes you sleep better, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and more (check out these 10 really great reasons to work out). But if you don’t like it, you’re so much less likely to do it. Need some new ideas to try? We’ve got a ton of workouts and lots of info about running, yoga, Crossfit, and more.
DRINK MORE WATER
It can help you lose weight, improve your mood, and more. Want some suggestions on how to gulp down more during the day? Check out these 10 ways to hydrate more.
You know that smoking seriously increases your odds of getting lung cancer and may even hurt your brain—and research published in 2012 indicates that women who quit before they hit 40 live at least 10 years longer than those who keep lighting up past the big 4-0. Find out how to quit smoking without gaining weight.
An increasing amount of research shows that the more time you log planted in a chair, the higher your risk of suffering from from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (which is why some people have started warning about the danger of “sitting disease”). Even scarier, this holds true whether you work out regularly or not. Add more movement to your day with these tips on how to avoid a sedentary life.
FIND THE BEST BIRTH CONTROL FOR YOU
Yes, there are very legitimate reasons to decide not to use birth control—but the fact is that it’s important to make a conscious decision on the subject one way or the other, rather than leaving yourself open to an unplanned pregnancy. And if you choose to use some form of contraception, you’ll want to pick the best one for you by learning about all of your birth control options first.
DRINK ONLY IN MODERATION
If you’re anything like most Americans, you’re probably not that concerned about blowing this one off sometimes (see: birthdays, post-breakups, the holidays, regular happy hours, etc.). But here’s why you shouldn’t exceed the U.S. dietary health guidelines to consume no more than seven drinks a week and no more than three in one day: Regularly throwing back more than that can lead to both minor health issues like low energy and blotchy skin and major problems like strokes and certain cancers.
GET HEALTH INSURANCE
Regardless of what you think about the Affordable Care Act, the fact remains that you need health insurance. Whether you get into an accident, develop a disease, or get pregnant, you will appreciate having coverage at some point. Not convinced? Read this article about how not having health insurance kills thousands of people each year, and then talk to us.