Being healthier is on the forefront of most of our minds these days. There are lots of options out there and we all know we should be eating all organically grown, locally sourced, non-GMO foods while we are getting ready for our second workout of the day.
OK, now back to reality for most of us…
Although we may all like to think we can be as healthy as AJ Jacobs (the Author of “Drop Dead Healthy” who spent two years of his life attempting to become the healthiest man alive), for most of us life gets in the way of a total dedication to health and nothing else. We wanted to share 5 tips we have found that can help make you feel better that are easy to slide into your daily life.
1. Drink More Water
Nothing new here, but something most of us can improve on and it doesn’t take anytime out of our days, isn't hard and has a twofold benefit.
If you drink water as opposed to almost anything else, you are making a better
decision for your health. You are either consuming fewer calories or fewer chemicals. Both of those are good things
Our bodies are about 60% water and we need to drink enough of it to keep the balance of our bodily fluids that are responsible for things like digestion and circulation moving right along.
2. Move More
It would be great if we could all set aside an hour a day to go on a brisk walk or run, but again that time element creeps in for most of us. But we can do a couple easy things to move more…
-Park further away on purpose.
-Take part of your lunch break to walk for 15 minutes.
-Take the steps. On a visit for lunch with my 96 year old grandfather a while back he took the steps up to the restaurant. He was able to do that because he has always done it. Start moving more now, so you can move more later.
3. Eat Your Vegetables
According to an article by the Harvard School of Public Health, “A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check.” And our mothers have been telling us to eat our vegetables for years…I don’t know if there is much else to say on this one…
4. Get enough sleep, 7-8 hours/day for adults
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute state “Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke."
Being better rested makes us much more productive. So even if it feels like we should stay up and work a bit longer, you may very well be better off going to bed and getting up a little early to finish that last bit of work. Not only will it likely be better, but you will almost certainly be more efficient if you are well rested.
5. De-Stress Your Life
Stress has been linked to physical symptoms such as headaches, upset stomach, high blood pressure and sleep problems. Many of the first four things on this list will lead to lower stress, but here are a couple other ideas to easily lower your stress levels
Say no to things that don’t fit your life. Sure, it can be hard to say no at the moment someone asks for something, but that is over quickly. If you agree to do something that you don’t have time for, it will continue to add to your stress over a longer period of time.
Do something that is just for you like get a massage or go on a bike ride. Sometimes it feels like these things are luxuries that don't have benefit for anyone other than you, but the better you feel, the more you can do for others.
Make your own health a priority in life. While for most of us it can’t be the only priority, it can still rank up there if we make it a conscious decision.
Adding some of these simple steps into our daily routines can make us feel better without taking much (if any) extra time. Let us know what you think and give us your best suggestions for easy healthy living tips.