Making New Year’s Resolutions That Actually Last All Year Long

It doesn’t matter what your resolution is for the year – the trick is to make it stick.  Want to stop smoking?  Lose weight?  Start exercising?  Just eat healthy?  Whatever it is, you can do it.  Here are some tips and tricks to make your resolution work for the entire year – not just one or two months!

Think Small

If you want to quit smoking, maybe at first just cut back.  If you’re smoking a pack a day, cut back to half a pack.  Or if you want to start exercising and you haven’t been doing it at all do you really think you’re going to make it to the gym 7 days a week?  Plan to go two or three times a week.

Want to eat healthier?  You can still have dessert, but make it strawberries and whip cream rather than full fat ice cream!  And if you want to do all three things (stop smoking, start exercising and eat healthy) only change one behavior at a time.  Your body (and your mind) can’t take all that change at once.  You won’t be able to accomplish any of them if you try to accomplish all of them!

Share Your Goals

Talk to your friends and family about your hopes and goals and ask for their support too!  You cannot achieve your goals without the support of your loved ones.

Perhaps join a support group to talk about your feelings, frustrations with others that are going through the same things you are. This will help make your journey easier and more rewarding knowing that others are able to do accomplish what you are hoping to accomplish!

Perfection is Impossible

Don’t beat yourself up if you miss the gym for a few days because you were too busy, or ate a brownie at a party.  Life is about ups and downs.  The achievement is about not giving up and getting back on the horse and moving forward, not backwards.  Remember life is about a healthy balance and everything in moderation!

Schedule Your Goals

Exercising goals?  Put them on your calendar!  Or do them first thing in the morning before the rest of the day’s activities take over and you run out of time to get your workout in.  If healthy eating is your resolution, plan your meals.  Take time on Sunday to make a meal plan for the week.  If you plan all your meals – right down to your snacks – you are less likely to make poor choices!

Eliminate Your Obstacles

Are you worried, because you’ve tried these resolutions before and they haven’t worked?  Well, something got in your way and stopped you from achieving your goal.  What was that?  Figure that out and focus on how you’re going to eliminate that obstacle when it becomes a problem this time as their is always a creative solution.  You have to make yourself a priority and if you want the outcome of this resolution bad enough, then you’ll make it happen!



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While no two caretakers face the same day-to-day issues, one universal strain remains: the inherent challenge of dressing loved ones who can't dress themselves.

“Not feeling comfortable or confident helping a loved one with their care needs … can sometimes be the breaking point for families, in terms of feeling unable to care for them at home anymore,” explains Alison Lynn, the assistant director for care programs at the Penn Memory Center, a National Institute on Aging-designated Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Now more than ever, however, an increasing number of designers and retailers are solving this caregiving dilemma by offering a range of clothing options — commonly referred to as "adaptive wear" — that run the gamut from easy-on shoes and belts to dashing pajamas. “[In the past], adaptive wear was one of two things — either institutional, or completely custom and very expensive. Now, we’re moving past that … with options that people would be excited about wearing,” says Allison M. Kabel, an associate professor of health sciences at Towson University, whose research looks at the factors that shape one’s sense of dignity.

It’s a smart business move, according to the latest data from the National Health Interview Survey, given that more than 3 million people 50 and older require some form of help when dressing, explains Carrie Henning-Smith, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

So whether it's shopping for a button-free shirt so that a spouse with Parkinson’s disease can get dressed independently or finding pants with flattened seams for a wheelchair-using parent, there are now a variety of attractive choices. Here’s a guide to some of the most useful, affordable and inventive adaptive-wear resources available.

Easy Closures

Alium Adaptive ApparelLaunched last November, Alium Adaptive Apparel sells three stylish, sporty items for women, with more items coming: a wrap sweater ($59), nightshirt ($45) and pants ($79). The pants have convenient side-zippers, and closures are softer than typical Velcro. Pants and nightgowns go up to size extra-large; sweaters go up to 2XL.

Buck & Buck: One of the first and biggest retailers in the adaptive clothing market, Buck & Buck — which is available online and through their free by-request catalog — is a one-stop shop for everything from back-closure garments to underwear, outerwear and shoes. Most styles go up to 3XL, and some go up to 4XL or more; price range varies.

CareZipsA brilliant solution for caregivers who regularly change adult briefs, CareZips pants ($39.99) have three strategic zippers that allow pants to be frontally opened for easy changing; the pants can also accommodate needs such as catheters, dialysis and more. Sizes go up to 3XL.

Dignity PajamasMade of soft 100 percent cotton, these fashion-forward pajamas have covered Velcro back closures, making them ideal for men (from $69) and women (from $59) who are bedridden or in hospice care. Sizes go up to extra-large and are cut full.

MagnaReady: You’d never know that MagnaReady’s stylish “button-down” shirts don’t actually button down; they’re that chic and authentic looking. Same goes for the company’s flannel shirts, polos, khakis and twill pants, which all rely on washing-machine-safe magnetic closures — making wearers feel put together while offering speed and simplicity to caregivers. Prices range from $45.99 to $64.95 and are available in plus sizes.

Silvert’s: Silvert’s is a veritable emporium of adaptive clothing and footwear. The Silvert’s website makes it easy to shop for your loved one by need and condition — from Parkinson’s and incontinence to paralysis, cerebral palsy and more. Many brands are available in plus sizes; price range varies.

Seamless Denim

ABL Denim: ABL’s line of seamless, soft denim is primarily targeted at those who use wheelchairs, spend much time seated or otherwise dislike the pressure created by denim seams. The line of full-length jeans and jean shorts even has a higher (elastic) waistband in the back of the garment to avoid the inevitable slip-down that comes with wearing typical denim. Prices start at $46, and waist sizes go up to 42 inches for women and 46 for men.

TargetAs if there weren’t already enough excuses to head to Target, the nationwide chain has recently introduced a new line called Universal Thread — women’s jeans with flattened seams (to reduce pressure points), higher-rise backs, longer inseams, soft fabric and wider legs. They also sell a wide range of tag-less tops for those with sensory sensitivity. Select styles are available in plus sizes.

Wheelchair Suitable

IZ AdaptiveA beloved Canadian brand that just relaunched this month, IZ sells stunning suits, coats, capes and more, with special attention paid to wheelchair users and amputees. Prices start at $25 for a T-shirt and go up to $425 for men’s suits; sizes go up to 3XL.

Zappos Adaptive: Adored for its speedy shipping and 365-day return policy, Zappos is no longer just for shoes. Launched in April 2017, Zappos Adaptive sells a curated range of fashionable adaptive clothing, organized on its site by need — from diabetic shoes and sensory-friendly clothing to wheelchair-suitable brands. Labels for older persons include — but are not limited to — many of the ones on this list, plus NBZ Apparel, Nike, SAS, Propét, Drew, Kizik, and Care+Wear. Select styles are available in plus sizes.


Myself Belts: Belts may not be an essential part of an outfit, but seemingly simple details can go a long way in making someone feel confident and polished. And as the only line of adult belts that can be put on with the use of just one hand, they’re not only suitable for individuals who’ve lost use of a hand but are also just as convenient for caretakers who need one hand free to steady the person whom they’re dressing. Belts go up to size 48.

You can shop below for your Carezip products right here at Wholesale Point or directly at Carezips website!

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Don’t Let the Holidays Weigh You Down!

In 10 years, the Biggest Loser television show has helped contestants shed more than 30,000 pounds.  Trainer Bob Harper has been there from the beginning and has helped those men and woman accomplish that!

Ah, the holidays – a time when we all notoriously overindulge!  But not this year!  Trainer Bob Harper from “The Biggest Loser” has put together a great list of how to get through the next couple of weeks of holiday parties, family dinners and food-centered events without gaining any weight!

Just follow his 7 tips – which start before you even get to the party!

1. Wear tight clothes.  If you wear tight clothes, you will feel your clothes and you will be less likely to overeat.  So pull out those skinny jeans!

2. Try to be the last person in line at the buffet or food table.  The food looks a lot less appetizing after people have picked through them, so you’ll be less likely to try every dish on the table.  Aesthetics matter!

3. Don’t stand or sit at the food table.  People tend to do a lot of mindless eating and grab things as they’re having a conversation, so stay far enough away from the food so you can't do that.

4. Of course, the best thing to do is fill up on the healthy options available, but that’s not realistic.  So instead stick to one plate.  And pick a small plate.  Once you have one plate of food stop.  Don’t go back for seconds.

5. Turn one glass of wine into two – or other mixed drinks - by turning it into a spritzer.  Club soda is your friend at a party because it stretches out your cocktails.

6. If you put something on a cocktail napkin and it leaves a stain, toss it. If it stains a napkin, imagine what it will do to your intestines.

7. Drink a glass of water between every cocktail.  This will not only help keep you full, but also help reduce the amount of alcohol you consume as well.

So, enjoy the holidays.  Eat what you want, but if you remember to follow Bob’s tips you won’t be making that New Year’s resolution to lose the holiday weight!

If you need any guidance on your weight control, please see some of our Biggest Loser scales we carry @ Wholesale Point.

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October is breast cancer awareness month, and there is certainly good reason for the amount of attention breast cancer should get – as 250,000 women in America are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.


1. Share a story
Cancer survivors, family members, caregivers and medical professionals have a chance to share their perspectives on how cancer impacts their lives.  Do an online search of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you'll discover various organizations that have links to social media blogs, video platforms and more.  Upload your story and feel proud that you are one more voice of victory against this disease.

2. Think pink
Pink is the color du jour for October's campaign.  Some people change their website's background colors to pink for the month. Others rummage through their closets and pull out pink everything — sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, entire outfits — even wigs! Many workplaces hold Pink Days to encourage coworkers to get involved in the fight against breast cancer.


A. It promotes self-care
Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds women (and men ) that monthly breast cancer exams should be a regular part of one's self care.  If you have never performed a self-exam, ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to guide you through.  Look for changes within and surrounding your breast including dimpling, redness, scaliness or nipple discharge.  Granted, some breasts are a little more "lumpy" than others but changes in size or in the tissue should send up a red alert to make an appointment to see your physician.

B. It focuses on treatment
There are several different types of breast cancer.  Treatment options depend on various patient factors: the stage and specific type of cancer, age and overall health at the time of diagnosis, and the patient's personal and family history.  After the diagnosis, a patient should consult with family to choose a physician who can go over treatment options like surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiation,

C. It shouts the good news
The National Cancer Institute recently declared that the U.S. cancer rate fell for diagnosed women between 2006 - 2015.  Also, the FDA approved an at-home genetic testing kit for women to assess whether they carry any of the three gene mutations associated with breast cancer. Oncoplastic surgery, another positive option, is a surgical "two-fer" allowing the removal of cancerous breast tissue immediately followed by the re-sculpting of the breast's remaining tissue, restoring symmetry and a more natural appearance.

However, breast cancer is not the only serious health issue women should be concerned about.


Eight million women in American have osteoporosis.  During osteoporosis bones become brittle and fragile, which could lead to hip fractures (especially in the elderly) and can cost them their independence and mobility.

The aids for daily living section on our website are perfect for those patients that require a little extra assistance in their day-to-day lives.

Sleep Disorders

According to the National Sleep Foundation sleep disorders more common among women include restless legs syndrome and insomnia.

Women report the most sleeping problems from peri-menopause to post-menopause because of the hormonal changes and stress related to such changes.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, 61% of post-menopausal women report insomnia symptoms and are less satisfied with their sleep.

There are some tricks and tools you can use to help you get a good night’s sleep.  Wholesale Point has several sound machines to help you sleep, leg spacers to relieve pressure on your spine for a better night’s sleep, and mouthguards to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.

Interstitial Cystitis

This chronic condition is a painful bladder syndrome affects 3.3 million women.  The symptoms are similar to a urinary tract infection – frequent urination and discomfort and pain in the bladder and pelvic area – and it is often mistaken for such.  IC can be managed by avoiding spicy and acidic foods, coffee and tea.

Clean, sanitary, absorbent and discreet Adult Diapers and Briefs are always available at Wholesale Point.  Patients can live productive lives without fear or embarrassment through the effective and safe use of these incontinence products, including adult diapers if necessary.

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Your heart rate is actually your pulse – it’s how many times your heart beats per minute.  That number is going to be different at different times of the day.  It will be faster when you are active or exercising, are under stress or are sick with a fever.  It will be slower when you are resting.

Your resting pulse is best checked as soon as you wake up in the morning – before you even get out of bed.

Many things can affect what your normal resting heart rate is, including your age, activity level and the time of day.

Most resting heart rates are between 60 and 100.  If your heart rate is below 60, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem.  It could be because of prescription medicines like beta blockers, or if you are very athletic and get a lot of exercise.

High Resting Heart Rate

If you are an adult with a resting heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute, you have a physical condition called tachycardia and should seek medical help to be properly diagnosed.

There are three types of tachycardia:

  • Atrial or Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a fast heart rate that starts in the upper chambers of the heart. Most common in woman, anxious young people, people who drink a lot of caffeine and alcohol and who are heavy smokers.  Symptoms include dizziness, lightheadedness, chest pain, shortness of breath and rapid heartbeat. Simply cutting down on caffeine and alcohol, quitting tobacco use, getting more rest, and meditation can cut down on the episodes.
  • Sinus tachycardia is a fast, but steady heart rate caused by anxiety, fever, emotional distress, fright or strenuous exercise.  Rather than treating the condition, your physician should treat the cause of the sinus tachycardia.
  • Ventricular tachycardia is a fast heart rate that starts in the ventricles, or heart's lower chambers.  It can be a life-threatening and requires a fast diagnosis and treatment. Ventricular tachycardia is usually associated with a heart disorder such as cardiomyopathy, sarcoidosis, or the lack of oxygen to the heart.  Symptoms include dizziness, unconsciousness, lightheadedness and heart attack.  Treatment may include electrical defibrillation, medication, surgery, or radiofrequency ablation.

Wholesale Point has plenty of pulse oximeters to help monitor your heart rate.  With brands such as Omron, Ekho, Veridian, HoMedics, and ADC, prices range from $42.50 to $148.95.

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Anyone who meditates regularly will tell you that they receive profound physical, emotional and spiritual benefits.

Some are initially drawn to meditation because of a physician’s recommendation, seeking the health benefits of lowered blood pressure, restful sleep and stress reduction.  Others begin to meditate looking for relief from angry, scared or painful thoughts that constantly flood their mind.  Still others come to meditation to find a greater self-understanding and improve their ability to concentrate.

Benefits of Meditation

  • Slow the Aging Process
    • Studies have proven that regular practice of meditation can actually slow the aging process.  Meditation helps to reduce the body’s production of free radicals, which are organic molecules in your body responsible for aging.
  • Emotional Stability, Positive Thinking and Happiness
    • Meditation is “natural prescription” for people who suffer from anxiety, depression and anger issues.  However, you do not need to be diagnosed with a condition for meditation to benefit you!  Every-day people who meditate simply enjoy life more! People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, better sleepers, and simply put – happier!
  • Stress Reduction
    • Meditation is the best stress reducer available.  It gives you some “down times” to rest physically and mentally, and it also has a direct effect on your nervous system by reducing your body’s production of cortisol, a stress related chemical, and increasing the production of serotonin, a mood enhancing chemical.
  • Improved Health
    • Meditation improves your health by reducing your blood pressure, strengthening your immune system, and lowering cholesterol levels.  If you have come down with the flu or a cold, meditation will enhance the function of your immune system and help to you to rest more deeply, leading to a speedier recovery.  Meditation also helps alleviate headaches and prevents them from recurring.
  • Improved Sleep
    • Sleep is a totally natural human function, and it’s something we need every day. Meditation dramatically improves the quality of your sleep, helps calm your busy mind, reduces your stress to help you sleep, and is one of the more powerful treatments for insomnia.

How to Meditate?

When you start meditating, you will notice how disruptive your mind is.  You may not be able to stop thinking about your to do list, but that’s okay.  It’s natural and in time you will find the peacefulness and calm.

Here are some simple tips on how to start meditating.

1. Posture

You can either sit in a chair or on the floor, but just make sure your spine is upright with your head up.  If you are slumped over your mind will drift.  If your body is well-balanced, your mind will also be in balance.  Relax your arms naturally to the sides with your wrists resting on your knees and bring your index fingers and thumbs to touch.  This will help generate knowledge, wisdom, receptivity and calmness.

2. Eyes

Try and keep your eyes open to make yourself more present. You can lower your eyes and have your gaze be soft.  If you close your eyes your thought will more likely drift away, but do what’s comfortable for you.  Some people find closing their eyes much more relaxing.

3. Focus using your breath

Use your breath to focus.  Don’t regulate your breathing; just let it be natural but pay attention to it.  It’s a great way to be in the present moment.  Count your breath if you are having difficulty settling.  When you notice thoughts coming into your mind again, come back and turn your focus on your breathing.

4. Silence

Don’t put on any music.  Silence is best.  Then you can actually experience what your mind is doing and it helps bring calmness to your body.

8. Length

Start with 10 minutes and only sit longer if you feel that that is too short.  In time you can extend it to 25 minutes.  Some enjoy sitting for an hour, others can’t do more than 10 minutes.  Do what feels right for you.

9. Place

It’s nice to create a special place to meditate if you can.  You could even make a shrine or an altar that you can face with special objects that have meaning to you.

Some people prefer to use a yoga mat for their meditation.  Wholesale Point has plenty to choose from, ranging in price from $16 to $75.

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You’ve tried everything, but you still can’t fall asleep.  It’s 2 a.m., the alarm is set to go off in 3 hours and you cannot for the life of you get yourself to fall asleep even though you’re exhausted.

Insomnia is very common in the United States.  Thirty to forty percent of adults experience some type each year.  But not getting the recommended amount of sleep (average of 7 hours for adults) harms your body.  Your immune system gets compromised and you have a better chance of becoming sick.

Here are some tips to help you get to sleep next time you’re staring at your ceiling counting sheep:

  • Keep a sleep diary.  Record how much sleep you get and when you fall asleep, when you’re tired during the day and other sleep symptoms.  This can help identify activities that are helping or hurting your good night’s sleep.
  • Try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which has been shown to improve sleep quality.
  • Only use your bed for sleep and sex.  Nothing else.
  • Got to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning – even on the weekends.
  • Don’t smoke.  Smokers usually go into nicotine withdrawal at night, casing insomnia.
  • Get a new mattress.  A good, comfortable mattress can help you get a good night’s sleep.
  • Exercise – and do it early in the day, at least 3-4 hours before bed.
  • Start keeping a journal to write down all your problems and stressors.  Take time each day to let out your feelings in your journal so that you’re not thinking about them when you go to bed.
  • Are you a napper?  Only take a 20-30 minute nap.  Any more than that will disrupt your nighttime routine.
  • Limit your caffeine.  Enough said.
  • Eat healthy.  The better you eat, the better you sleep.
  • Get some fresh air.  The natural light during the day balances your melatonin which helps us sleep better at night.
  • Try meditation, yoga or deep breathing.  Any of these will help with sleep quality and total sleep time.
  • Turn off the televisions, computers, smartphones and tablets at least one hour before bed.
  • Sleep in a cool, dark room will help give you a restful night’s sleep.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before bed.  It actually disrupts sleep cycles.
  • Put on a fan or white noise machine to block outside noises.
  • Drink a cup of chamomile tea.  The herb has been shown to reduce anxieties and help us get a better’s night sleep.
  • Count sheep.  Seriously.  Focusing on one thing may help the brain calm down.  Focus on your breathing if nothing else.
  • Still not sleeping?  Maybe it’s time to see a sleep specialist.

We have some amazing products from our brands; Transfer Master, Gotcha Covered, Maddak, Core Products and Homedics which can help improve your sleep.

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How to do Yoga Without Ever Leaving Your Office

Sitting at a desk all day can literally be a pain.  You may experience pain in the wrist or hands from typing, the head, neck and back from working at a desk all day, or pain in the back, legs and feet from standing.  Working starves your body of blood, oxygen and other fluids, resulting in stiff joints and tight muscles.  Before you reach for the meds, try incorporating yoga into your workday instead.  Just three minutes every two hours will help relieve the tension.

Your pain: Back
The cause:
Sitting, which is actually harder on your back than standing because it causes spinal fluid to escape, making your spine more brittle than it is flexible.
The yoga fix: Chair twist which will strengthen and lengthen your spine to create more space and relieve compression.  Sit tall in the middle of the chair with your feet flat on the floor.  Put your right hand on your left knee and twist gently to the left, which placing your left hand on the edge of the chair and look into the right corners of your eyes as you twist.  Inhale back to center and repeat with your right side.

Your pain: Shoulders and neck
The cause:
Slouching.  Your neck and shoulders bear a lot of weight with the bowling ball (otherwise known as your head) sitting on top!
The yoga fix: Sit tall in a chair with feet flat on the floor.  Drop your chin to chest to stretch the back of neck; roll your head right ear to right shoulder – repeat with left side.  Hold each position for five seconds.  Then do shoulder rolls. Don’t forget to breath!

Your pain: Feet and ankles (mostly in women)
The cause:
High heels!  They are such a bad fashion statement.  Not only do they push your body weight to the front of the foot, but they throw off your entire skeletal system because your feet – which are the foundation for your body – don’t have a solid connection with the ground.
The yoga fix: Sit in a chair and remove your shoes.  Cross your right ankle over your left thigh and weave the fingers of your left hand with the toes of your foot from the bottom, almost as if you were holding hands with your foot.  Rotate your circle into circles, 10 circles in each direction. Then remove your hand and hold the top of your foot and bend your toes towards your shins, then towards your heel.  Repeat five times, then massage the arch of your foot.  Switch sides and do the same steps with the other foot.

Your pain: Face and eyes
The cause:
While staring at a computer monitor, spreadsheets or marketing plans all day, you are tensing up your face and tiring the eyes.
The yoga fix: Turn away from what you’re working on a focus on a different object.  By only moving your eyes, look up to 12 o’clock, down to 6 o’clock, over to 3 o’clock and over to 9 o’clock.  Repeat that five times.  You can also do a temple rub.  Place your palms on your temples and rub them clockwise, then counterclockwise while you take 10-15 deep breaths.

Your pain: Hands and wrists
The cause:
Typing.  Think of the awkward position your hands and wrists are in while they type on a keyboard all day.
The yoga fix: Do circles with your wrists.  Then sit with your feet flat on the floor.  Bring your hand together, fingers laced and stretch your arms out straight in front of you, pushing your palms out.  Then raise your arms above your head without scrunching your shoulders.  Hold and take ten deep breaths.  Repeat two times.

Although it’s important to have a yoga mat and make time for traditional yoga, sprinkling these small stretches into each day can work wonders to wipe away fatigue, tension and body pain, as well as increase muscle strength and flexibility, keeping you fresh and revitalized throughout each day.

The average life expectancy of an American is 78.7 years, but that can largely depend on your genes.  But there are certainly things you can do to increase your longevity that are totally within your control.  Some are obvious like eating healthy, exercising, stop smoking and maintaining a healthy weight.  Others are a little less obvious.

1. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier
You will gain an extra night of sleep (7.5 hours) over the course of a month by doing this every night.  Sleep is the most important thing for your body.  It’s the time when your body restores itself and gets ready to take on a new day.  People who get less than 7 hours of sleep a night will start to see a negative impact on their health.

2. Floss daily
A healthy smile leads to a healthy heart.  Studies prove that periodontal and cardiovascular diseases are linked.  Plus, it removes the bacteria before it has a chance to harden into plaque - something your toothbrush can’t do.  Ideally, you should floss twice a day.

3. Have more sex
Studies show there is a link between organisms and longevity.  Not only does it feel good, but it’s good for the soul, and it’s great exercise.  Sex has also been known to reduce stress and boost the body’s immune system.

4. Be happy
Happy people simply live longer than unhappy people.  Pessimism, stress and depression can weaken the immune system and prevent a shorter lifespan.  Take time to experience gratitude every day.  It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to live longer.

5. Eat nuts
Any type of nuts will do.  People who eat 20 nuts several times a week had a reduced mortality rate than those who ate less or no nuts.  They are high in fiber, unsaturated fatty acids, and antioxidants, and they help lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

6. Skip the soda
Studies have proven a link between regular soda and the shortening of telomeres, which are parts of the chromosomes directly linked to aging.  The study did not find the same link with diet soda, but other research has shown that it is linked to type 2 diabetes, depression and weight gain – any three could shorten your life.

7. Make friends
Don’t stay home alone.  Go out with friends, be social.  People with strong friendships have a 50% greater chance of living longer than those without.  Loneliness compromises your immune system.  So find some friends and go out and have a good time every once in a while!

8. Volunteer
Not only does it make you feel good, but it may help you live longer too! Studies show that those who volunteer are less depressed and live longer (20% longer) than those who don’t volunteer.  Another study found that retirees who volunteered 200 hours or more every year after retirement were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers, lowering their risk of heart disease.  Get out there and volunteer!  It’s a win-win situation!

Yes, they are a huge time commitment; and you can’t just stay out all night or plan a week’s vacation at the last minute – you have to take care of your pet.  But pets actually do a body good when it comes to your health.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pet owners tend to have lower cholesterol, triglyceride levels and blood pressure than non-pet owners.

But there’s even more!  Humans would be healthier if they imitated some of these healthy behaviors that pets do every day, according to dog trainers and vets:

1. They focus on what matters most

Your pet never gets grumpy after a bad day.  They care about food, shelter and love and that’s all.  As long as they have that, they don’t care about anything else.  Humans would be healthier and happier if we modeled this behavior.

2. They practice portion control

Your pets never get to eat straight out of the bag, so why should you?  Your pets get reasonably sizes helpings of nutritionally balanced food – so you should do the same.

3. They know how to de-stress

When your dog is stressed they start actively seeking healthy activities – rather than the glass of wine or beer a human may reach for.  Getting that healthy activity in functions as a de-stressor and helps reset people (and pets) and brings us back to normal.  More so than alcohol would.

4. They hit the hay

Humans clearly don’t get enough sleep.  Squeeze in that cat nap or spend a lazy afternoon in bed every once in a while.  It will recharge you and keep you from being impaired in your activities.

5. They stretch

Dogs and cats stretch all the time.  It reduces your risk of injury and improves flexibility.  The yoga move is called downward dog for a reason!

6. They’re open to new things

Animals are curious.  They investigate new things when they see it.  It may drive you crazy, but seeking out new experiences can keep people feeling healthy and young so why not follow suit?

7. They’re comfortable getting zen

Studies have proved that meditation reduces stress.  So if you have a pet take a few minutes each day to just sit with your dog or cat, pet them and enjoy the quiet time and relaxation.  They do this multiple times during the day – why don’t you join them?

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