Winter wellness tips

January 21, 2009 4:29:50 PM PST
For many, a popular goal in 2009 is pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, nearly 70 percent of Americans will give up on their goals in no time. Wellness and lifestyle expert Terra Wellington has the essential winter wellness tips to starting the New Year out right.

Healthy Living Goal # 1: Be In Tune With Your Body
Homeopathic Medication: Take advantage of homeopathics for health; they are good at re-balancing and healing your body.

  • Oscillo - also known as Oscillococcinum by Boiron is a great example of this for colds and flu. It act's quick, it's economical and it's also kid friendly.

    Healthy Living Goal # 2: Create a Personalized Fitness Plan

  • Using the Nintendo Wii - there is a game called "My Fitness Coach" from Ubisoft that creates a fitness plan for you with a virtual trainer. It has 500 unique exercises including Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing and Cardio Fitness that you can customize to your weight loss goals.

    Healthy Living Goal # 3: Quit Smoking For Good

  • Also from Ubisoft for the Nintendo DS, is a game called "My Stop Smoking Coach with Allen Car". This game is based on what is called the Allen Carr method - a popular method with celebrities and in Europe that has a 90 percent success rate. It works by focusing on the reasons WHY people smoke, rather than the reasons they SHOULDN'T smoke. So by drawing attention to popular myths about smoking, it allows smokers to tackle their fears and dispel these myths, helping them to quit. It has 15 interactive games and a reward system to help smokers track their progress.

    Healthy Living Goal # 4: Take Care of Your Skin

  • Triniti Skin Treatment by Syneron: a new laser treatment that can reverse the sun damage that causes those sun spots and wrinkles and takes a wellness approach to repairing skin. Each session requires three steps: skin rejuvenation to clear up and even out skin color; ReFirme to tighten the skin; and Matrix to stimulate your body's own collagen to fill in those fine lines

  • Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment: keep your lips moisturized - especially in the winter - the dry air & cold wind causes moisture loss in our lips. Have a good lip balm on hand - it has advanced moisture system for hydration to protect lips from dryness, but also medicated to soothe and comfort sore, cracked and chapped lips.

    Healthy Living Goal # 5: Protect Your Teeth

  • With all the snacking and eating you've done- you need to take care of your oral hygiene so that 2009's dentist appointment isn't depressing ... and this means brushing and flossing twice a day. Oral B's Advantage Floss Picks has dual-action floss - and you can take them in your purse or wallet - to work, to the party. They've got a cool mint flavor and are what I call convenient prevention.

    About Terra Wellington
    Terra Wellington is a national wellness and lifestyle expert who reports on consumer tips and information for healthy living and the environment. She regularly appears on television and radio news programs across the U.S. Currently, she is a trusted health and wellness expert for, which was co-founded by Meredith Vieira (anchor on NBC's Today). And she also writes healthy living content for Healthnotes, an organization that provides wellness information on the Web and in kiosks at your local supermarket.