In addition to exercise, here are two effective natural ways to relax, get your anxiety, food cravings, and blood pressure down, fight insomnia, and generally improve well-being. Using the second hand on a watch, count four to six breaths a minute, making your abdomen rise. Do this, sitting or lying in a relaxed posture, eyes closed, for about 15 minutes a day.
A second technique is a bit trickier. It is really possible to learn to warm up your fingers or feet. Envision relaxing all the ligaments that wrap around the capillaries, so they open up and let the warm blood go coursing through. In about 15 minutes, you can raise the temperature of your fingers or toes about twenty degrees! When the mind feels stress, ligaments in the extremities tighten, sending blood into the trunk and long leg muscles so you can run away from danger or threat. Sending blood BACK to the hands and feet tells the brain, "No danger here; relax," and it does.
Women age 40 and older should get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. Women who have a history of breast cancer or other breast problems, or who have a family history of breast cancer may need to get them earlier or more often. Consult your doctor for appropriate intervals of testing.
Bone density tests are extremely important for woman at high risk for developing osteoporosis and those within menopausal or post-menopausal stages, as lower estrogen levels can lead to lower calcium levels.
Men age 40 and older should be screened for prostate cancer, which is the most common and second deadliest cancer among men, but can be easily treated if detected early.
Men and women age 50 and older, as well as those who have a history of colon conditions such as polyps and inflammatory bowel disease, should be screened for colorectal cancer, the most common form of non-skin cancers among men and women.