Who doesn’t want to be healthier? With all the diseases and illnesses out there, everyone has started to make changes for the better. The main problem that some have, however, is knowing what to do and sticking to it. When you’re used to doing as you please, making changes (even if they are for your own good) can be hard. The best way to overcome these obstacles would be to start with the basics, set goals, and stick to them.
Below is some advice for those who are new to healthy living or simply struggle with staying on task:
Get Some Sleep
As simple as this step may sound sleep is crucial to your overall well-being. If you’re not getting at least eight hours, you need to make some changes. Consider trying the following:
- Go to bed every night at the same hour
- Start winding down an hour before bed
- Remove distractions like the television
- Don’t drink caffeine or alcohol before bed
- Get some darkening shades or curtains to keep natural light out longer
- Upgrade your bed and pillows if necessary.
The human body is made up of more than 50% water. In order to keep the body hydrated, it’s recommended that you drink at least 8 cups of water per day. Water has benefits including improved brain function, increased energy levels, prevent headaches, helps manage weight, and more. For those who don’t drink enough water, here are some suggestions on how to increase your intake:
- Add natural water flavoring to give it taste
- Drink a glass before every meal
- Dilute other drinks with more water or lots of ice
- Drink sparkling water
- Start eating water-based foods like watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, and grapefruit.
Exercising regularly greatly improves your quality of life. Great for weight management, exercising at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week has a plethora of benefits including an improved mood, high self-esteem, higher energy levels, and it significantly reduces the risk of diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. Here are some tips for beginners on working out:
- Choose a physical activity that interests you. Exercising doesn’t have to mean going to the gym so mix it up to make it more fun. As long as it gets your heart rate up, you’ll reap the benefits.
- Ask friends to work out with you for support and accountability
- Work with a fitness trainer
- Start 15 minutes a day at least 3 days a week and work your way up
- Reward yourself for reaching milestones such as losing 3 lbs or walking for 15 minutes all week.
You are what you eat. A very true statement indeed. Food is the fuel your body uses to function on a regular basis. When you’re eating foods high in fat, salt, and sugar content or food that is processed, you’re fueling your body with junk that will only weigh it down and cause a multitude of health problems. Here are some ways to introduce healthy eating
into your life:
- Start introducing new foods weekly. Try to opt for more fruits, veggies, and lean meats.
- Learn new recipes to expand your palate
- Find healthy alternatives for your ultimate crave foods like sweet potato chips instead of potato chips or pizza with wheat crust and veggies.
- Create meal plans and prep food where you can to cut down on time and make healthy eating more convenient
- Make sure you’re eating at least 3 times a day with a few snacks in between
- Keep snacks with you wherever you go and pack meals for lunch during the week to avoid eating out.
Healthy living helps to heal the body from the inside out. It improves your overall quality of life and reduces the risk of potential life-altering diseases and illnesses. If getting healthier has been something you wanted to do, but you weren’t sure how or perhaps you simply can’t remain motivated, these tips should help. Ultimately, the goal is to start small, create a routine or habit, and then continue adding on new things. Eventually, these healthy lifestyle tips and others
will become second nature to you.