Guide to Aging Well 2021

Most of us probably think we should eat better and exercise more, but with so many responsibilities vying for our attention every day, it can be easy to fall into bad habits. Here we share expert tips for everything from drinking more water to reducing your risk for breast cancer in hopes of making this year your healthiest yet.

Your Hydration Questions Answered, Plus 7 Tips to Help You Drink More Water

Your Hydration Questions Answered, Plus 7 Tips to Help You Drink More Water

“Drink more water!” is advice for healthy living you’ve heard plenty of times before, but staying adequately hydrated is never as simple as it sounds. Here, we slake your thirst for guidance with some expert answers to all of your burning hydrations questions.

The Best Workouts for Your Heart, According to the Experts

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Exercise is one of the very best things you can do to keep your heart healthy and functioning. But, as you develop an exercise regime with your heart health in mind, you may be curious: Is it better to jump on the treadmill for a cardio workout or pick up some weights for a strength training routine? And what role does your yoga or stretching routine play in all of this? 

The good news, according to fitness and medical experts: There’s room for all of your favorite workouts in heart-healthy exercise routines. While cardio is often touted as, well, the exercise of choice for your cardiovascular system, strength training has many benefits, too.

12 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Mood Right Now

12 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Mood Right Now

Whatever the reason — or combination of reasons — you’re in a bad mood. Don’t you wish there was a quick way to just snap out of it already? As it turns out, there are several ways you can trick yourself into having a better day and improving your mood on the spot.

Alzheimer’s and Money Management: 4 Tips for Caregivers

Alzheimer’s and Money Management: 4 Tips for Caregivers

According to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.6 million Americans 65 and older living with the disease, a number that is expected to reach 7.1 million by the year 2025. Furthermore, a staggering 16.2 million family members and other unpaid caregivers across the country provided an estimated $233.9 billion in care to those afflicted with Alzheimer’s in 2018.

10 Ways to Get Healthy, Be Mindful and Feel Younger in 2021

With so much out-of-our-control-ness in the world today, Make It Better National Editorial Director Mimi Towle sat down with coach and life stage expert Barbara Waxman and meditation and well-being guru, Laura Sage, founder of Chill Anywhere, to talk about skills to cope as well as thrive in a very uncertain and changing world. Here are 10 take-aways on what we can do in 2021 to make our own lives — and consequently the lives of those around us — feel more positive, upward and centered.

11 Best Physical and Mental Health Apps

11 Best Physical and Mental Health Apps for 2019: Sleep Cycle

According to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. — 43.8 million, or 18.5 percent — experiences mental illness in a given year.” Left untreated, mental illness can lead to chronic medical conditions. Take a break from social media and emails for some important self-care. Here are some apps that will help you do just that.

5 Surprising Habits of People Who Age Well

Surprising Habits of People Who Age Well

“Small steps can definitely add up to healthier aging,” says Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of the AARP and National Geographic book “Love Your Age: The Small-Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life.” “You don’t have to go from zero exercise to running a marathon, or from eating burgers and fries to being a vegan. Relatively easy tweaks to existing habits can and will help, and one healthy habit will lead to another.” Here are five surprising habits of people who age well.

28 Simple Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

28 Simple Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

We’ve turned to health experts and research to discover 28 strategies to improve your heart health. These science-backed, small — yet specific — changes and goals can help strengthen your heart year-round.

9 Foods You Should Be Eating to Boost Brain Power

9 Foods You Should Be Eating to Boost Brain Power

A diet filled with nutrient-rich foods can be a game-changer for your brain, improving your decision-making and problem-solving skills, as well as sharpening your focus and boosting your memory, explains Matthew Kuchan, Ph.D., lead scientist and resident nutrition and brain health expert at Abbott, a global healthcare company located in North Chicago.

4 Bad Health Habits You Need to Quit, and 4 Good Ones to Adopt Instead

4 Bad Health Habits You Need to Quit, and 4 Good Ones to Adopt Instead

Knowing that something is bad or good for you is one thing. Actually doing or not doing it is another. Chances are you’re aware of some bad habits you really need to kick, and some healthy ones you should finally start adopting. We’re here to tell you the time is now.

15 Foods and Diet Choices That Can Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

15 Foods and Diet Choices That Can Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. However, there are some lifestyle factors, including diet, that can reduce breast cancer risk — in some cases substantially.

8 Sleep Myths — Busted!

8 Sleep Myths — Busted!

Getting enough sleep is crucial for good health. But what if you’ve been making decisions about your sleep routine based on outdated information? We’re debunking some pervasive sleep myths. Hint: You may want to stop stressing if you’re not getting exactly eight hours of shut-eye each night.