5 Instant (Easy!) Health Boosts

Didn't lose an ounce this week? You can still move your health forward with these easy steps.

Anytime is a great time for learning fresh feel-good tips and creating new healthy habits. Here are five small things you (and your family) can do right now to get your wellbeing back on track.

Wear sunscreen everyday

This might seem like a no-brainer, but in the cooler months it’s easy to forget to protect your skin from the sun. The fact is, sun damage occurs year-round, in every climate. Buying a daily moisturizer with SPF helps protect against skin cancer, keeps skin hydrated, and wards off wrinkles and other signs of aging. Well worth it, no?

Eat Indian tonight

Preliminary research suggests that components of the spice turmeric can reduce the spread of certain cancers. And it doesn’t hurt that the spice also adds delicious depth to Indian dishes. Why not whip up some Grilled Masala Salmon? It might do more than simply satisfy your appetite.

DVR your late-night shows

We all love the Jimmys – but do you love them enough to let it sabotage your weight loss? Sleep deprivation can lead to overeating. "When you don't get enough sleep, your body is in an after-stress reaction mode, and you go to eat," says Karen Miller-Kovach, MS, RD, former Chief Scientific Officer for Weight Watchers International. Another tip: turn your alarm clock around so that you can’t see it from bed. Sometimes seeing the time can cause anxiety and make you restless and unable to doze off.

Eat more often

Put another way: don’t let yourself get ravenous. When you’re starving, you’re more likely to scarf down that entire sandwich and overeat. And a recent study suggests that faster eaters actually tend to weigh more. So eat often, and eat leisurely.

Get your flu shot

This one little shot isn’t just good for you; it can also keep you from spreading viruses to your friends, family, and co-workers. And now many national drug stores offer the vaccine for as little as $20, so there’s no excuse to skip it!

Looking for more ways to boost your health? Weight Watchers offers a variety of tools to fit your lifestyle and health goals, from online and in-person meetings, to motivating weekly tips and strategy videos. Thanks to a partnership with Humana you may be eligible for six months free access! Find out if you qualify.

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