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How to adjust to a healthier diet

Change often requires an adjustment period. Men and women who switch jobs may need a few weeks before they feel fully comfortable in a new office, while students changing schools may also need some time to adapt to their new surroundings.
An adjustment period is also common when people decide to adopt healthier diets. Diet is often habit-forming, and men and women will need some time to adjust as they kick some bad dietary habits in favor of healthier fare. The following are some simple ways to make that adjustment period a little easier to swallow.


How to make exercise more enjoyable

Sedentary lifestyles can be dangerous to human health. Numerous studies have linked sedentary lifestyles to various diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. But in spite of those connections, sedentary lifestyles are on the rise.


Preparing for your mammography visit

Annual mammograms are widely recommended for women beginning at age 40. Some estimates suggest that more than 48 million mammography screenings are performed in the United States every year.
Whether it is a woman's first mammography or her twentieth, preparing for the appointment can ease anxiety and make the experience go more smoothly. The following are some guidelines to consider when preparing for a mammography visit.


Quickly recover from exercise aches and pains

The old saying, "no pain, no gain," is not without its grains of truth. Moderate soreness in the muscles may indicate that time spent in the gym is working, but sharp pains may be indicative of injury.
Workout soreness that persists can derail workout plans and may turn some people off from exercise. As the body becomes acclimated to certain exercises, soreness may be less prevalent, and there are ways for people to speed up their rates of recovery.


Health boosters you have at home

Many people desire to be healthier, and sales of nutritional supplements reflect such desires. A report by Packaged Facts titled "Nutritional Supplements in the U.S," says supplement sales reached $11.5 billion in 2012 and have been climbing ever since.
In addition to an increase in supplement use, gym memberships also have increased. IBIS World's "Gym, Health & Fitness Clubs" market research report indicates the number of gym memberships have increased in the last several years as consumers have become more health-conscious.