Steve Casey
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Posted by Steve Casey on 2/11/2019

If youíre a health nut, where you live may be a big factor for you. The neighborhood that you choose could have some impact on your health and lifestyle choices. Your neighborhood will need the amenities that you crave like places for exercise, access to healthy food, and sidewalks for walking. These aspects also add to the community sense that you feel within the neighborhood. Childrenís parks, people who go on frequent strolls, and a sense of people spending time outside often are all signs of a ďhealthyĒ neighborhood. Below, weíll delve into these key factors. 


Sidewalks And Bike Trails


Being able to do daily errands on foot along with access to easy outdoor exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle. These amenities provide safety and the ability to access what you need without a car. You can even find public transportation easier to get to and from. As a bonus, youíll be doing something good for the environment, saving gas and staying out of traffic.  


Nature Is Abundant


Donít underestimate how much healthier being around nature can make you feel. From lush trees, to parks, gardens, hiking trails, even golf courses all provide access to active activities and natural beauty. Even community gardens are a part of nature that can be good for your health. Having the opportunity to grow or even be around the inspiration of people growing and caring for their own food sources is good for you. The more access you have to nature in the place that youíre living, the healthier that youíll be.  


Check Out The Social Scene


Sometimes you can get a sense of a neighborhood just by observing it. Are people making connections and out and about together, or do people seem to go off more on their own? Socializing is an important part of health and well-being. Some signs of socially friendly neighborhoods:


  • People are out walking their dogs, chatting
  • Neighbors are out together gathering in a front yard



Gyms And Healthy Food Are Readily Available


Do you see your favorite organic grocery store nearby? Having access to the type and quality of food you crave is important. Maybe there is an abundance of vegetarian and vegan restaurant options nearby. For those days that a workout outside just wonít do, having a gym close by is also a sign of a healthy neighborhood.    

 

Check Out The Traffic


A neighborhood can have all of the above, yet if it has a lot of traffic, you could have a huge issue. Lots of traffic brings two different kinds of pollution- noise and air. Not having access to quiet spaces can often increase stress levels. If you have allergies or asthma, being around a lot of traffic pollution may not help your condition much either. While traffic seems like a small detail, itís something to consider when youíre looking for a healthy neighborhood.




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Posted by Steve Casey on 4/24/2017

Pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers may air television, radio and internet commercials that encourage you to stock up on cold medicine simply because temperatures are dropping. But, you and your family donít have to get sick at home, school or work just because itís cold outside. Rather than giving into old beliefs and pricey ads, turn your home into a healthy zone this year.

Cold temperatures donít have create nagging colds and fevers

The first step toward turning your home into a good health zone begins with a decision. Simply decide that you are going to develop zero or fewer colds. Other steps toward creating a healthy home include:

  • Washing your hands after using the bathroom and before handling food and teaching your children to do the same
  • Cleaning and rinsing vegetables, fruit and meat (if you are a meat eater) before you eat them raw or prepare them as cooked dishes
  • Wiping counters and tabletops after you finish cooking or dining
  • Cooking and cutting with clean utensils
  • Vacuuming pet hairs and regularly cleaning coverings that pets sleep and play on
  • Training pets to stay off counters, tables and furniture
  • Letting everyone in your family participate in weekly house cleanings Ė you can miss a lot if you try to clean an entire house alone. Cleaning an entire house alone can also cause you to feel frustrated and overwhelmed.
  • Taking rugs outside and shaking them free of lint and other debris at least once a week

What you do in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom matters

Those are just a few steps that you could take to make your house healthier. Additional ways to create a more healthy home are also easy to implement. For example, you could:

  • Sleep on a supportive mattress. Get a good night of sleep. This includes getting sufficient deep sleep. Consider using a fitness watch to track how much deep sleep youíre getting each night.
  • Stock your kitchen with healthy foods that are loaded with natural vitamins and minerals.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Drink plenty of fresh water and eat raw vegetables and fruit daily if youíre system allows.
  • Place dumbbells, a jump rope and exercise mattress in your house. The basement and first floor of your home are good places to jump rope, lift weights, do yoga exercises and cardio. You can also climb the steps at your house, dance for exercise and jog in place.
  • Grow green plants in your home. Green plants help to keep oxygen healthy and balanced.
  • Create a meditation room at your house. Pick a quiet space as your meditation room, a space thatís further away from outdoor and indoor traffic. Meditate three to four times a week or every day, in your meditation room.
  • Hold family discussions and encourage openness and verbal, emotional, psychological and physical safety at home. Share and talk about topics, events and items that are concerning one or more members of your family. Do this in a loving and supportive manner.

By stocking your home with an assortment of liquid and pill form cold medicines each winter, you could be sending a subconscious message that you have to get sick because itís cold outside. You could also, unintentionally, send that same message to your children. If youíve given into pharmaceutical and manufacturing ads that encourage cold medicine buying in the past, consider bucking that trend starting this year. Two to three years into this mind shift, you just might find that you and your family catch fewer colds.