By Interl, Jeneen; I
Newsweek , Vol. 156, No. 01
Byline: Jeneen Interlandi
And other secrets to healthy living from doctors at Harvard Medical School.
TRICK YOURSELF INTO EXERCISING--THOMAS LEE
Like most people, I don't love exercise. When I started to gain weight and my wife bought a rowing machine, I barely used it at first. But then I figured out that if I put a TV by it, and exercised while doing something else I wanted to do, I could go on a good long while. In fact, I would even forget how much time was passing.
I can on a treadmill run for a full 90 minutes when the Patriots or Red Sox are playing. And there are certain movies that enable me to run as long as the action is sustained, like Avatar, or the opening of Saving Private Ryan. I'm so time-conscious that I would be very aware I was doing nothing if I were just watching these things; likewise, if I didn't have something to distract me from how boring it is to run on a treadmill, I would quit in five or 10 minutes.
Psychologically, I always have the escape clause of "I really need to get back to work."
LEARN TO COOK--NANCY KEATING
I feel pretty strongly that weight problems that many folks have are related to lots of carry-out food or eating out, where one can't control what is in the food or the size of the portion. I've always enjoyed cooking, but I used to cook mostly on weekends for friends. Now that I have a family, I really focus on good, fresh food that can be cooked quickly (especially on weeknights). I keep a selection of chicken, fish, pork, and shrimp in the freezer, and try to have fresh and/or frozen vegetables on hand, as well as fresh or frozen herbs and spices, spice rubs, etc. And I have a binder with a bunch of recipes that take 20 minutes or less to put together.
Cooking is very intimidating for many folks, but if one starts with a few simple recipes and then starts reading magazines and cookbooks that focus on fast, easy, and fresh food, it really can be pretty easy.
MAKE MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY--LORI TISHLER
I pay close attention to my mental health. I try not to read work e-mail on the weekend. I love weekend naps. I aim for true downtime with my husband and daughter; sometimes we just snuggle on the couch, sometimes we ride bikes or go to the park. I make an effort to be involved with my daughter's school and her activities. …