Tips for a healthier 2013


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Go ahead: Eat more chocolate and shop for a new pair of shoes. Doctor’s orders.

The experts at the Cleveland Clinic shared these tips for happier, healthier living in 2013:

• Eat more chocolate — in moderation. Research has shown it can increase blood flow to the brain, decrease the impact of heart disease and even fight depression.

• Dance. “Dancing burns calories, reduces stress, strengthens muscles and bones and can improve relationships.”

• Try something new, such as learning phrases in a foreign language, attempting a puzzle or enrolling in a class, to stimulate your brain.

• Take a timeout to combat stress. “Use a vacation or personal day when you really need it and do something you find relaxing.”

• Drink coffee. Research has shown that two or three 8-ounce cups daily can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease by as much as 40 percent and Alzheimer’s disease by up to 20 percent.

• Go shoe shopping. Replace high heels with shoes that have a thicker heel that’s 2 1/4 inches or shorter.

• Laugh. Studies have shown it has positive effects on blood flow and sleep.

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