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The Gift Of Self Care

There is more to health than regular check-ups and health screenings. Health is being able to enjoy your body and feeling comfortable with yourself.

Here are some ways to take your health and your enjoyment to the next level:

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors and take a brisk walk on your favorite trail. Hiking is a powerful cardio activity that can help lower your risk of heart disease and improve your blood pressure. Plus, you can enjoy the view!

Sign up for a heart-healthy walk or run. Make it a team event and include your family, friends, and colleagues, or you can get your heart pumping on your own.

Buy yourself flowers. An arrangement of white lilacs, hydrangeas, buttercups, or parrot tulips will calm you like nothing else.

Shop for a new pair of supportive athletic shoes so you can always look and feel your best when you’re being active.

Take a break and devote quality time to your family. Have a goofy dance party or laugh along with a spectacular comedy.

Test your cooking skills and whip up a few delicious treats. Re-create the Ornish cocoa truffles that are packed with protein. (View the recipe here: www.ornishspectrum.com/spectrum-recipes/cocoatruffles/)

Get a deep tissue massage. After 45 minutes, you will be relieved of muscle tension and walk away feeling better than you felt before.

Take a nap. A 20-minute rest will help reduce stress.

Find more inspirational recipes and tips for living well at Ornish Spectrum.