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How to start living a healthier lifestyle - Howdini

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We all want to live a healthier lifestyle, but how? Trisha Calvo of Shape Magazine has advice that will keep you moving in the right direction.

JENNIFER: I’m Jennifer Morris for howdini we’d all like to live a healthier lifestyle, right. Whether that means getting more exercise, or kicking a nasty habit, or losing weight. But how do you get started, what do you do? We’re back here with Trisha Calvo, executive editor of Shape Magazine with some more helpful hints. Hi.

TRISHA: Hi.

JENNIFER: How are you?

TRISHA: Good.

JENNIFER: So you have a half plate rule, can you tell me about what that is?

TRISHA: Yes. I think for health or weight loss one of the most important things you can do is fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal. What that odes is help keep your calories under control. And it also ensures that you are getting plenty of fiber, photochemicals, vitamins, and minerals in your diet. Which help control all your risk factors for diseases like heart disease, cancer, and it can even keep your skin looking wrinkle free and smooth and glowing.

JENNIFER: So what about the medical piece, a lot of people don’t go to the doctor enough, or they make appointments and they break it. What do you think about that?

TRISHA: I think that, pick a day, whether it’s your birthday, and I think that’s a great day to sort of take stock of their health. Your year older, and I think what you can do is sit down and you can say, ok, this week I’m going to make all of my doctors appointments. I’m going to schedule a screening with the dermatologist for my skin cancer check-up. I’m going to get a mammogram if I’m a woman. I’m going to schedule my gynecology appointment so I can get my Pap Smear and check-up. I’m going to schedule my physical, now you obviously don’t have to go to the doctor on that week. Take an hour one day, and you just sit down and make all the appointments over the next couple of months, you’ll have it in your calendar. And you will make sure you are getting the preventative care that you need to catch a problem before it becomes a real problem.

JENNIFER: And lastly what about down time, we live such busy lives it’s hard to find down time?

TRISHA: We are so busy and stress increasingly researchers shown that stress has become a factor in a lot of diseases. Everything from catching a cold, to developing cancer, to developing heart disease, and even depression. So it’s very important to take time for yourself during the day. It can be anything that you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be, oh I need to get a massage, I need to officially relax. It could just be I love my dog. I’m going to play with my dog for ten minutes; I’m going to make that my coming home ritual. Or, I love historical fiction; I’m just going to carve out fifteen minutes a day to read something that I really enjoy. I personally, I am not happy if I am not reading a novel that I’m really engrossed in. And I just make sure that I have one in my bag at all times. And whenever I have a couple of minutes I pull it open and it makes me happy. And it relieves the stress. And I think that everyone has something special like that that they-

JENNIFER: I mean its nice to think of it in small increments because I think we get overwhelmed looking at the whole picture when there are small things that you can do throughout the day. So what about exercise is-

TRISHA: Walking is one of the best exercises and you can do it anywhere, and it’s easy to do. You don’t have to be a super athlete to be able to do it. Ten minutes, just take ten minutes.

JENNIFER: How many calories do you burn in ten minutes?

TRISHA: A hundred forty-five pound woman walking briskly will be about a hundred.

JENNIFER: Amazing.

TRISHA: Though you got to kick it up a little bit to burn that many but brisk walking is great for your heart. Even slow walking is good for you, its good for your health, its good for your weight control. You know, obviously the more you can walk; you can take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to appointments, get off, park your car a little further away from the entrance to your office, the mall. Walk, even those little things during the day add up.

JENNIFER: Thanks, more great advice from Trisha Calvo, executive editor of Shape Magazine. I’m Jennifer Morris for howdini.

Howdini is life’s little instruction manual, in HD. We’re all about bringing together the top, most respected experts in their fields to help us be the best we can be at all of the little and not-so-little challenges of our complicated lives. Howdini is the place to be for the know-how you want, when you need it. Or maybe it’s the know-how you need, when you want it. Whatever. We’re here to help. So come in and look around, won’t you?

We think you’ll love finding everything you want to learn about in one convenient place, and as we grow and add more categories and more Howdinis, you’ll be doing less surfing and more learning right here. And unlike television, Howdinis aren’t limited by time—we don’t have to break for commercials, and we’re always on.

Who is Howdini?

People often ask us, is there an actual person who is Howdini? And the answer is, it’s kind of like Lassie. Just as there were many Lassies, there are many individuals who are called Howdini. In fact, each of our experts is a Howdini, and, like all those Lassies, they really know their tricks. (Although so far there is no ‘How to tell your master that Timmy is trapped in the old abandoned mine’ segment)

Our gurus are people you know and trust because you’ve been getting advice from them for years, at places like Good Morning America, The Today Show, Money, Prevention, and Food and Wine (to name just a few). Many are best-selling authors. Others, like our medical experts, are respected leaders in their fields.

Howdini History

The first Howdini was Joanna Breen, who left a comfortable career at ABC’s 20/20 to create a how to video website after one too many frustrating experiences with handymen who weren’t that handy. Joanna had traveled the world reporting with Barbara Walters and others on injustice, outrage, and tragedy, but now it was time to turn her talents to dealing with crises closer to home, like what do you do if you drop your diamond ring down the drain. Joanna is the quintessential can-do girl, so she didn’t find the prospect of launching a gigantic website the least bit daunting. (Ok, that last part isn’t entirely true.)

Joanna convinced an old ABC News buddy, Shelley Lewis, to join her. Shelley had supervised roughly 9.7 million helpful how to segments during a long career executive producing television shows like Good Morning America and CNN’s American Morning. A self-described “info-pig” who loves all kinds of information programming, she is never happier than when she’s learning an amazing new tip that she can annoy share with everyone she knows. Needless to say, Howdini was a dream gig for her. A career woman, a wife, a mother, and author of two books, Shelley considers herself equally challenged by all the facets of her life.

Joanna and Shelley were introduced to marketing executive Alison Provost by a mutual friend who knew that Alison had what they needed - entrepreneurial experience, patience, and a checkbook that still had checks in it. Joanna and Shelley could see right away that Alison should join Howdini. They figured that they would take care of the programming, and Alison would bring trustworthy sponsors to help pay the bills. It took Alison significantly longer to be convinced, maybe because she was crazy busy running a marketing firm called PowerPact, which she continues to oversee while serving as the biggest of big cheeses at Howdini. But whether it’s playing Suduko or launching a new business in a field she knows little about, Alison loves the challenge of a good puzzle, It wasn’t long before she began dropping obscure internet terms like “user-interface” and “googlebot” into casual conversation.

What’s Next for Howdini?

Our goals are modest. Complete and total domination of the internet, crushing Google, Microsoft, and any other punks who get in our way. (Hey, it’s a just a goal.) But until then, we will content ourselves making the best, most professional, most credible how to videos you can find anywhere. We want to help you solve your career issues, your parenting problems, your money troubles. We want you to be more glamorous, healthier, and less stressed out. We want you to check Howdini every day for fun, interesting, useful advice from experts you know and trust.

We want to make Howdini the community you love to be part of every day, To do that, we need to hear from you. Please share your suggestions, rate and comment on the Howdini videos, and the blog, (The Howdini blog). Tell us what you’d like us to create for you.

And then, when we’ve achieved that, it’s back to working on complete and total domination of the internet.

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