14. Don't beg your doctor for antibiotics when you have a cold. Antibiotics kill bacteria; since colds are viral, antibiotics do not affect them. (March 1993)
15. Keep germs at bay. Don't let your gym workout land you in bed with the flu. Exercise equipment can harbor bacteria and viruses, so wipe down machines before and after use (most gyms supply spray cleaners), and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before you head home. (Feb. 2003)
16. Avoid the beige diet. A colorful variety of fruits and vegetables ensures you get your fill of powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. (Sept. 1997)
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17. Lift weights at least twice a week. Research shows that weight training is more effective for building bone strength than exercises like jogging, running or swimming. After menopause, most women experience rapid bone loss, which can lead to osteoporosis. (July 1988)
18. Get moving anytime. The secret to your best body is squeezing exercise in wherever you can. Skip the elevator and take the stairs and do squats while you brush your teeth. (Nov. 2004)
19. Don't skip the gym when you have monthly cramps. Even though all you want to do is curl up with a good movie and a Hershey's bar, exercise can actually lessen these annoying pains and boost your mood. (Feb. 1998) The Best Advice On ... Eating Better
20. Don't tempt yourself. Keep sugary treats and high-fat snacks out of your cupboards (or at least on a high shelf!). If junk food isn't easily accessible, you're less likely to eat it. (April 1982)
21. Stay hydrated. Drinking water balances your electrolytes, the minerals that keep your body functioning properly, regulating nerve impulses and muscle function. It also keeps your skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Plus, what else can you consume that's calorie-free, fat-free and tastes great? (Jan. 2001) 2006update The average woman needs the equivalent of about nine 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
22. Get an iron grip on your health. This mineral, found in red meat, chicken, salmon, beans and whole grains, helps reduce fatigue and irritability and increases resistance to disease. (Sept. 1989) 2006update Women need 18milligrams of iron daily.
23. Choose lowfat cheese. Most of the calories in regular cheese come from its fat content (primarily unhealthy saturated fats, which boost heart-disease risk). Lowfat versions have up to 6 fewer grams of fat per ounce; your waistline will thank you. (Jan. 1983) The Best Advice On ... Everyday Healthy Habits
24. Protect your skin. Apply sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 every day -- whether you're on your way to the beach or the office. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and the "healthy tan" is a myth. (June 1992)
25. Pay attention! Turn off your cell phone during your commute. Studies show that dialing and driving raises your risk for accidents. If you must make a call, pull over first. (May 2005)