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Improve your life, in 10 minutes or less
By Liz Neporent
EXERCISE AND DIET are important steps in
pursuing good health, but there’s more to
achieving true peace of mind and body.
Experts say that you can fulfill many self-improvement goals in 10 minutes or less per
day. Here are five that don’t require huge
Go green. If it takes less than 10 minutes to
walk to a destination, leave your car at home
and hoof it. Not only will you spew out less
air-choking carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, you’ll burn 50 to 80 calories and save
some green by cutting back on gas.
Resources: Bookmark www.goinggreen
blog.com. It has hundreds of tips for living an
environmentally responsible lifestyle.
Get organized. Rather than doing a major
organizational overhaul, leave everything just
a little better than you find it: Straighten each
drawer you open, hang up one item from your
closet floor when you get dressed, delete useless computer files as you come across them.
Resources: Check out “The Savvy Organizer” podcast series on i Tunes.com for more
practical organization tips.
Save money. Home is where the savings
are. Want to find an additional $1,200 a year?
Take 10 minutes to pack a lunch instead
of eating out. Save an additional $1,000 a
year (and 10 minutes a day) by forgoing your
daily gourmet coffee run and home-brewing
Resources: Busycooks.about.com has tons
of yummy brown-bag ideas.
Be socially responsible. Schedule a
mere 10 minutes a month to do something
that contributes to society, whether it’s writing a letter to elected officials about an important issue or making a few calls on behalf of
your favorite charity. A little commitment
goes a long way.
Resources: Google Alert (at www.google.
com/alerts) any topic that is important to
you so that updates are automatically e-mailed
to you. C
Liz Neporent is president of Wellness 360, a
New York–based wellness consulting company,
and co-author of Fitness for Dummies.
Stay in touch. Stay connected by setting
aside just 10 minutes twice a week to jot a note
or dash off an e-mail to someone you love. It’s
also a good habit to cultivate for reaching out
to business colleagues.
Resources: New social-networking Web
sites such as Twitter.com, LinkedIn.com and
Flickr.com make reaching out even easier.
Most Costco warehouses and
Costco.com carry a variety of items
to help members stick to their resolutions, including healthy foods, cookbooks and exercise DVDs.
Costco members will find CoQ10
soft-gel capsules by TruNature and
Nature Made, plus the new Qunol
liquid version in all warehouses.
Costco.com also carries CoQ10 soft-gel
COENZYME Q10 (CoQ10), a compound that
occurs naturally in every cell of the human
body, plays an important role in producing
energy and driving numerous body processes, including muscle contraction and
protein production. It also works as an antioxidant, protecting body cells.
Because CoQ10 levels decline with age
and from taking any of the statin drugs for
heart disease, supplemental doses might be
beneficial in easing several health issues.
As a nutritional supplement, CoQ10
boosts energy and
enhances the immune
system. Research findings point to the positive
effects of using this supplement in the
treatment and prevention of several diseases, most notably heart disease, high
blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes
and gum disease. New studies are under
way to evaluate its effect on immune
deficiencies and damage from stroke.
Consult a doctor before you try
CoQ10—especially if you have heart disease, kidney failure or cancer—to determine if it will mix safely with other