Simple Solutions for Body and Mind


A 100 things to do before dinnertime – but can’t seem to find your focus? Use these simple solutions any time to help soothe and strengthen your body, and to calm and re-energize your mind.

Wondering if sit ups will trim your stomach ?

A recent study showed that even men who did 5,000 sit-ups over the course of 27 days had no significant loss of fat in the abdominal area. If a smaller waist or a trimmer tummy is your goal, concentrate on calorie-burning exercise such as jogging, bicycling, swimming, or aerobics classes, and make sit-ups an adjunct to that program.

Want to get a better treadmill workout ?

Then swing your arms. This is one of the best calorie-burners around. One study found that treadmill walkers, by adding vigorous arm motion, could boost their caloric expenditures by about 50%–from 10 calories per minute up to 15. Swinging your arms will also improve your upper-body strength

Trying to cut down on salt ?

Add a few drops of lemon juice to foods. This not only perks up flavor, but also gives even a little salt more bounce. Just why a sour taste should work as an enhancer of (or substitute for) a salty one has never been explained.

Are too many swirling thoughts keeping you awake? feeling upset?

If so, when you hop into bed, decide to think about only one thing rather than repeatedly reviewing the day’s laundry list of problems. As other thoughts start to intrude, bring yourself back to your selected subject. Practiced regularly, this form of focused “meditation” should quickly lead you into dreamland.

To keep goal in Mind, keep in it sight

Write a goal on a sticky note and put it in a place where you’ll see it often. For example, if you want to shorten your phone conversations to save time, put a reminder on the wall near the phone that says, “Am I talking on the phone too long?”

Remember: A thought-about goal is a wish; a written-down goal becomes a commitment.

Do you make excuses when you’re late?

If you are usually the cause of your own tardiness, it’s time to fess up rather than blaming others, or things, for your own poor planning. When you’re tardy, admit your mistake and make a plan to live up to your commitments the next time. You’ll feel better about yourself and others will appreciate your honesty.