Here's the scoop on how to make your good habits great, courtesy of Woman's Day magazine:
Healthy habit #1: Eating breakfast every day. Fueling up in the morning raises your energy level and helps you keep the weight off. And research finds that people who skip breakfast have higher levels of bad LDL cholesterol. But to make your good habit of eating breakfast even better, make sure you avoid muffins and sugary cereals. According to registered dietician Cindy Moore, foods loaded with sugar cause your blood sugar to spike, which mean you'll crash an hour or two after you eat. But a small meal that contains protein, complex carbohydrates and a little fat, like a piece of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, will keep you going well past noon.
Healthy habit #2: Taking a walk around the block. Surveys show that walking is most people's favorite form of exercise. Which is great, because it offers big aerobic benefits, and it isn't hard on your joints the way jogging is. But if you want to kick it up a notch, increase your speed and head for the hills. According to Fitness instructor Stacy Lei Krauss, walking quickly up hills whether they're small inclines around your neighborhood or serious uphill hikes can double your calorie burn.
And one last way to make a good habit better: Let's say you always slather on the sunscreen. Good for you! SPF is essential for preventing sunburn, wrinkles and other forms of sun damage that can lead to skin cancer. That's the scoop from dermatologist Dr. Karyn Grossman. So here's how to improve on this good habit: make sure you cover body parts that most people forget, like the ankles, feet, neck, ears and the tops of your hands. Leaving even small patches of skin bare all day makes you more vulnerable. So, cover yourself with at least an SPF 15, rain or shine.