5 Simple Things You Can Do To Improve Your Health Today
You can take a few simple steps to ensure that you feel as fit and healthy as possible, starting now. These are 5 simple changes that you can easily make to your lifestyle that will improve your overall health and wellness.
1. Get Adequate Sleep
It is no secret that sleep is important. Without adequate sleep you will have that tired feeling all day, and your ability to concentrate will be decreased. Sleep is the time for your body to rejuvenate, there are plenty of things still go on in your body’s various systems while you sleep.
If you don’t get enough sleep, it’s not only highly likely that you’ll be tired the next day, but your health can suffer too.
Being tired makes us emotional, stressed, limits our concentration, and can even make us more susceptible to illnesses. Try to get around 7-8 hours per night for the best benefits that sleep has to offer.
It may seem like an unusual suggestion, but do you ever take the chance to just sit and focus on your breath? There are a lot of breathing exercises and even with just one session of concentrating on your breathing will leave you feeling more relaxed.
Over time if you do this at least once a day, you’ll find that you feel calmer, less emotional, and just generally better. Breathing meditations are simple and a great way to relax.
3. Take Time For A Home Cooked Meal
People seem to feel that they are too busy to cook a proper meal each day. They frequently grab a quick meal on the way home from their local fast food place or they get frozen dinners that can be thrown in the oven or microwave when they get home. While these shortcuts may seem to save time, ultimately, both are very unhealthy choice to make.
Ready meals, processed food, and junk food are loaded with sugar, fat, salt and many more calories than our bodies need. Fast food also tends to be heavily processed and as it is often fried, the nutritional goodness for our bodies is practically non-existent.
Try to cut back on these unhealthy foods and instead cook from scratch. It is not difficult to prepare a healthy chicken breast with vegetables on the side for example and this is a far healthier option.
4. Walking As A Daily Habit
People often put off exercise claiming that you don’t have enough money to afford a gym, or enough time to actually go to the gym. Exercise does not have to be difficult, just take a step out of your front door. You can walk anywhere and this is completely free and not difficult to do.
You can involve the whole family and go for a walk or put on headphones and do your own thing. It can be as simple as going around the block or to the park if there is one nearby. There is absolutely no excuse for not going for a walk and you have plenty to gain from it too.
First of all, you’ll be able to enjoy gentle exercise that will still give you a good cardio workout to keep your heart pumping. You will also be able to enjoy some fresh air, which is essential for the brain and muscles.
Make it a nightly ritual that takes places right after dinner. As little as 20 minutes a day can have big health benefits.
5. Drink More
I am not suggesting that you go to the bar and get drunk – quite the opposite actually. You should really be drinking around 8 glasses of water per day. Your body is made mostly of water and it is important to stay hydrated. If you don’t do that and you suffer from headaches, you may feel hungry, suffer from fatigue and have problems with constipation. If you are not feeling well I am willing to bet that you’re dehydrated and need some more liquid in your body.
Every time you go into your kitchen, try to remember to have a glass of water. Whether you’re making breakfast, lunch or dinner or if you’re just grabbing a snack, using this as a prompt to drink a glass of water is an effective way to remember to stay hydrated.
This will improve your overall health and can even have a positive effect on your appearance by improving the quality of your skin!
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