|By Nanci Hellmich, @nancihellmich, USA TODAY|
•Focus on being healthy with attitude, exercise, natural food, plenty of sleep and quality time with extended family.
•Review your income and spending planso that you limit current and future financial stress.
•Stay alert today to any person who appears to need help or assistance and place a priority taking the time to do whatever you can.
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When you are retired, you have more discretion as to when and where you get your money to live on. Your ability to manage your adjusted gross income can be a very powerful tool to save you a lot of money in retirement. You want to find a good tax professional or financial planning professional who can help you with this.
There are so many things we know that are useful for minimizing the risk of heart disease or stroke. The AHA has made it easy by providing a tool on the website mylifecheck.heart.org or the mobile app Heart360 Coach. It offers a list called Life's Simple 7: Get active, control cholesterol, eat better, manage blood pressure, lose weight, reduce blood sugar and stop smoking.
•Sit less. Many people spend hours a day sitting, which increases their risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. If you get up more — even just walking around your house or apartment — you will reduce your health risks substantially. So get up and move about at least once an hour if you are watching TV or on your computer.
•Try to do some kind of intentional physical activity, such as walking. Aim to walk at least a half an hour a day at least five days a week.
•Do some stretching exercises, lift hand weights and/or do some resistance exercise, such as modified push-ups against a wall. All of these physical activities are particularly important for older people because they lose muscle and strength over time, which makes it more difficult to do the activities of daily living.
•Enjoy regular meals and snacksto keep your energy level up throughout the day. But watch your portions.
•Pump up your protein. Consume a variety of lean protein food choices at all your meals (beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, lean chicken, fish, eggs, cheese, etc.).
•Stay hydrated. Water is your best choice. Make it fun by adding a squeeze of lemon or a fresh sprig of mint.
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