Seven ways to be healthier right now
People usually think that living a healthy lifestyle involves a major overhaul of your current way of living, but it doesn’t have to! Changing up your daily routine can be easier when you take it one step at a time. Before you know it, healthy habits will be second nature.
Try adding one or a combination of the tips below to live a healthier life right now:
- Drink more water. Most people don’t realize they aren’t drinking enough water throughout the day. Water does much more than keep your body hydrated. It also boosts your body’s essential functions, such as kidney filtration, regulation of blood pressure and body temperature, and production of hormones, to name just a few. Swapping water for soda and other sugary beverages can even help with weight loss. If you don’t like plain water, try adding fresh fruit, such as berries, pineapple, lemons, oranges and cucumbers to give it some zest.
- Get more sleep. Adults need between 6-8 hours of sleep per night. It’s important to take steps to help yourself unwind from the day and get a good night of sleep. Try to take warm bath or shower, listen to soothing music or use essential oils before bed. Having a set sleeping schedule can make you calmer, improve your mood, help your metabolism, and regulate your body’s production of melatonin (the hormone involved in the sleep-wake cycle).
- Enjoy the outdoors. Taking time to go outside, breathing in the fresh air, and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature is important for your well-being. Connecting with nature and taking moments for yourself throughout the day can do wonders for your emotional health. So if the sun peeks its head out from behind the clouds, take advantage and spend some time outside.
- Get exercise. Exercise helps you physically be healthier, but it also helps you mentally and emotionally. Try walking, biking, swimming or hiking if you get bored with the same old routine. Other types of exercise that may be helpful can include yoga or Pilates, dancing or even yard work. Choose something you find interesting! Many can be done right from the comfort of your own home with little to no equipment required. Exercise helps relieve stress, improve your mood and increase your energy. Physical activity releases endorphins, which help increase feelings of well-being and improve your energy level. For maximum benefits, try to get 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Make sure to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen to see what is right for you.
- Eat a balanced diet. A balanced diet can allow you to feel strong and healthy, nourishing your body and helping to prevent sickness. Try a well-rounded diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Research shows lean proteins carry amino acids and omega-3s that are a great source of energy and can help you beat fatigue.
- Be social. Connecting with others is good for your emotional health. Sometimes when we start to feel down, we want to be by ourselves. However, it’s important to take time to enjoy social activities with family and friends. They can help boost your mood, offer support and reduce your feelings of isolation. Make time to call a friend, facetime a member of your family, or catch up over a cup of coffee, if possible. You can also try joining a new club or workout class, or volunteering at a local organization. Helping others is one of the best ways to expand your social network, meet new people and gain inspiration to make positive changes from those around you.
- Stay positive. Staying positive can help you stay happy and healthy. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down by things happening in the world, so it can help to list out something you’re grateful for every day or pick a new mantra to live by every week. Repeating affirmations out loud can make you happier by raising your self-esteem and confidence. Try affirmations like, “I choose to be happy,” “I believe in myself,” and “I am confident and capable at what I do.” Did you know those who associate themselves with cheerful people often have an overall happier demeanor? Seek out positive people and if there’s somebody around you who is overly negative, simply change the conversation to something motivating and optimistic.
Start living healthier now!
Get started by gradually adding some of these tips to your daily routine to develop new healthy habits. It can take about 30 days for a new habit to form, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t notice an impact right away. Practicing healthier habits can lead you to an overall happier, healthier life.
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This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.