If you want to be healthier, you can google "how to be healthy" and find millions of things you can do to maintain your health. But how do you know where to start?
Here are 5 easy things you can start doing NOW, EVERY DAY, to get healthier.
1. Stretch: Before you start the day, set aside 10 minutes for a good stretch and core exercise. This serves as a warmup for your
body and mind. Stretching helps you transform your body from a sedative state to one of awareness. It stimulates your senses, gets your blood flowing, and prepares you for the day ahead. While you stretch, think about your day and plan it out. What are your goals? How will you accomplish them? Who do you need to help you? Thinking about your day will prepare your mind for success.
Finally, do one or two strength exercises, such as push-ups or sit-ups, to boost your
endorphins and send you off into the world feeling positive.
2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day: Drink water, as soon as you wake up in the
morning. Your body is likely dehydrated after sleeping, so drinking water soon after waking will help revive it and provide a boost of energy. There are many benefits to drinking water throughout the day. Water will prevent dehydration, can help facilitate weight loss, and boosts energy levels in your body and brain. The golden rule is to drink about ½ - 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh per day.
3. Have a routine sleep schedule: Wake up the same time, and go to bed the same time, every day. Build consistency in your sleep schedule, and your body will create an internal clock. It will know when it is time to begin resting, and when to start the vital functions. This will help you sleep better, and be more reactive for the day's activities.
4. Cut trans and saturated fat out of your diet: Eliminate all foods with trans fat from your diet. You don't need them, and you can often find alternate products that contain no trans fat. Foods that still contain artificial trans fat include vegetable shortening, some microwave popcorn, certain margarines and vegetable oils, fried fast foods, bakery products, and some
varieties of chips, pies, pizza, and crackers. As for saturated fat, if you can't avoid foods with it, limit your intake to less than 10% of calories a day. Saturated fats are most common in animal sources of food.
Remember: check the nutritional labels before eating anything so you can make informed choices about what you put into your body.
5. Break a sweat: Sweating is not only a bi-product of physical exertion that helps your body stay cool. It detoxifies your body, eliminating heavy metals from your system. It also helps remove harmful chemicals and bacteria from the body. It doesn't matter what you do to make yourself sweat. Exercise, do yard work, participate in a sport... choose something that you enjoy and have fun. Your body will thank you with a boost of energy and improved mood.
If you aren't able to make all 5 of the activities above habits in your life, start with a few and work your way up. Remember, the key to good health is good habits. You can't be healthy by doing something once, or infrequently. If you want to improve in any aspect of your life, you must commit to it every day. The commitment to good health is not hard, and it doesn't have to take much time. But it requires consistency.
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