If you’re serious about living your best life, you need to take charge of your health and well-being. This doesn’t just apply to physical health it also applies to your psychological health as well. Leading a healthy lifestyle needn’t be as difficult as some people tend to believe. It doesn’t necessarily have to include multiple gym sessions each week, nor does it necessarily need to entail eating foods like steamed cod with broccoli. If you enjoy those things then that’s awesome, but if not, there are still endless ways to take charge of your health without making yourself miserable in the process. To help you live your best life, here’s a look at 4 healthy habits to follow every day.
Go to sleep at a reasonable time and wake up early – Assuming there are no outside factors influencing your sleeping schedule (young children, shift work, needy pets etc) one of the best things you can do when it comes to physical and psychological health and wellness is to go to sleep at a reasonable time and to wake up early. Aim to get around 8 hours of sleep each night, and if possible, try to get to sleep before 12. Sleep will help improve your energy levels and your mental health, and it will help you to perform better athletically. Basically, everything’s better after a good night’s sleep.
Eat more vegetables – We know that vegetables aren’t to everybody’s taste, and obviously they don’t taste anywhere near as great as a large pizza or bacon double cheeseburger. However, vegetables are loaded full of fibber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and they will literally add years to your life. Find veggies you like the taste of and find ways of using them in healthy meals. Bulk out meals with diced veggies, blend them in sauces, or even use them in juices or smoothies.
Become more active – More and more people are now leading an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, and slowly that is taking its toll. It’s no coincidence that people are much heavier than they were years ago, with shorter life expectancies in the process. Exercise is beneficial for the heart, for your mental health, for the lungs, for your weight, your fitness, and even your sanity in some cases. Try to become more physically active each day. Do more walking, visit the gym if you enjoy gyms, find a sport that you enjoy, do more physically demanding tasks around the home, walk the dog, walk the kids, walk yourself, just get moving! Experts recommend at least 3 moderately strenuous exercise sessions each week, although if you can do more then that’s even better.
Drink more water – Stop drinking sugary beverages, and definitely stop drinking chemical-laced diet sodas. Hydration is essential for optimal physiological function, yet our hydration should come from fresh water. Water improves circulation, it helps flush toxins from the body, it’s essential for cognitive health, it helps regulate the metabolism, it hydrates you, and it quenches your thirst. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.