15 Beneficial Healthy Habits to Start Today
A few simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference. By making minor tweaks to your daily routine, you can slowly develop healthier habits.
Want to know how to move towards a healthier life? Here are some ideas of healthy habits to start with.
Research suggests that only 3% of Americans live a healthy lifestyle. Living well can seem complicated in our busy lives filled with commitments and convenience.
1. Get Better Sleep
The foundation of good health is a good night's rest. Having enough sleep is essential for your brain's plasticity (the ease at which you can retain information).
Sleep is also crucial for your brain to remove waste products from its cells. Your neurons reorganize themselves while you rest, and the cells in your body get a chance to repair any damage.
If you have a good night's sleep, you will have more energy, improved moods, and find it easier to concentrate and retain information.
For a healthier lifestyle, optimize your sleep routine. Try to go to bed earlier than you currently do so you can get 7-9 hours of rest each night. Turn off your tech at least an hour before bed, so your brain has the chance to wind down and switch off.
Ensure your bedroom is a comfortable temperature; the optimal temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Make your bedroom a calming environment. You could add some plants to your room as they can help you to destress.
2. Moving Your Body Is One of The Easiest Healthy Habits To Start
Getting in some daily movement is one of the easiest ways to start a healthy lifestyle.
It doesn't need to be a hardcore fitness routine or hours spent at the gym. The best way to incorporate movement into your life is to do something you enjoy! Whether that's walks with your dog or friends, a game of tennis, or an outdoor swim, the number of activities you can do are endless.
The recommended amount of exercise for adults is 150 minutes a week. If this seems like a lot at first, try to ease yourself into a routine gently. The more regularly you exercise, the more you'll want to do it as your body will crave the movement.
Not only is exercise great for your physical health, but your mental health too. Exercise can help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression and improve cognitive function.
3. Cook Your Own Meals and Meal Prep
When you eat store-bought, processed food, you consume hidden calories, additives, and too much sugar and salt. It's the same when you eat out; you don't know how many calories you are consuming and the exact ingredients.
Eating ready-made foods can be detrimental to your health and be a cause of unhealthy weight gain and chronic illness.
A simple switch you can make is taking the time to cook your own meals. You then control what goes into them, as well as portion control.
Learn how to cook a few simple, nutritious meals, and your body will thank you! Here's some inspiration for simple, healthy recipes.
A great way to ensure you eat balanced, healthy meals throughout the week is to meal prep at the start of the week. Batch cook a few healthy meals and store them in your fridge or freezer, ready to eat when you're busy and hungry later in the week.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Your body is up to 60% water. We need water to carry out most of the essential, daily processes in the body. Water helps to remove toxins from the body, cushion the joints and protect your tissues.
Not drinking enough water can lead to headaches, drowsiness, and dry skin. Drink at least half a gallon of water per day.
You should also try to drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up to flush out the toxins that accumulate while you are asleep.
If you find drinking enough water challenging, make sure you always carry a water bottle with you and take regular sips.
Don't like the taste of plain water? Try adding a slice of lemon or orange or some berries to it to improve the flavor. Or keep yourself hydrated with a nutrient-filled powder you can add to your water.
5. Eat a Healthy Breakfast Daily
Getting the right start to the day can do wonders for improving your wellbeing and taking steps towards healthy eating. Having a healthy breakfast is a pretty easy habit to get into. Once you start doing it and notice the benefits, it will become second nature!
A quick, easy breakfast full of nutrients is a breakfast smoothie. You can pack in a bunch of nutrients before you start the day; it's super fast to prepare and will keep you full if you add in some oats.
Here's a recipe for a superfood breakfast smoothie:
- Flax seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Nut butter
- Small piece of ginger
Just blend these ingredients with your favorite milk or some water. The smoothie is full of healthy fats, protein, omegas, vitamins, and the cinnamon is full of antioxidants.
6. Always Take the Stairs
A simple but effective step towards healthy living is to take the stairs over the elevator every time you have the chance to.
Getting in steps at every opportunity throughout your day is important for your long-term wellbeing.
7. Try Meditation
Slowing down and taking some time to destress and concentrate on your breathing is a crucial element of a healthy lifestyle. Even if it's just 10 minutes a day, you will notice the difference.
There are numerous benefits of meditation, from being less stressed to improving your cognitive function and ability to concentrate. Meditation is one of the most life-changing habits you can incorporate into your lifestyle.
8. Eat Your Greens
Without trying to sound like your parents, try to remember to eat your vegetables. Eating processed, fried foods and processed carbohydrates every day are bad for your health.
Try to eat a rainbow-colored spectrum of fruits and vegetables to get the complete variety of nutrients your body needs.
The darker the fruit or vegetable, the healthier it is! Try to incorporate dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli into your weekly diet. Eat dark purple foods such as cabbage and blueberries.
9. Do Some Strength Exercises
As we age, we lose muscle density, and our muscle mass starts to decrease, which can cause reduced mobility and weakness.
One of the best ways to counteract muscle loss is to do some strengthening exercise every week. It could be lifting weights, bodyweight exercises, or training with resistance bands.
Pilates and yoga are also great ways to build muscle tone.
10. Spend Time Outdoors
Spending time outdoors is an easy way to destress, breath some fresh air and get perspective.
Time in nature is known to be healing and a fantastic way to improve our wellbeing. Even if you take a half an hour walk each day, try to take some time outside.
11. Take Supplements
Your diet may not have all the nutrients you require to stay healthy. There are some vitamins such as vitamin D, for example, that we need to supplement during the winter months. Many women have low iron levels.
Have a health check to find out which vitamins and minerals you lack. You can then put together a plan of supplements to complement your lifestyle.
12. Spend Time With Loved Ones
Spending time with others is important for our health. We are social creatures, after all. Spending quality time with those we care about will increase the dopamine levels in your brain and make you feel happier.
Try to schedule time at least once a week to hang out with those most important to you.
13. Do Some Mindful Activities
We all spend too much time staring at screens these days. Try scheduling some off-screen time and do something where your full presence is required.
Whether reading, drawing, crafting, or cooking, the concentration required will bring you to the present moment and help you feel calmer and more focused.
14. Cut Back On Sugar
Too much sugar can cause long-term problems to our health. Refined sugar can cause spikes in our blood sugar levels and even lead to diabetes.
Try cutting back on the amount of processed sugary snacks and drinks you consume. You'll find that the longer you go without them, the less you will crave them anymore!
15. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol plays havoc with our health. There's nothing good about drinking too much, from unnecessary calories to poor sleep and the potential of developing chronic diseases.
Have some alcohol-free days each week and try to stick within the weekly recommended units. Better yet, eliminate alcohol entirely.
Kick Start Your Healthy Lifestyle
Some habits are hard to kick but don't overwhelm yourself with implementing new healthy practices all at once.
The above are some of the healthy habits to start with; you can slowly introduce more as time goes on.
Want more help and support with holding yourself accountable to your new commitments? Try the Supplement Relief online education course; you will receive the tools to make meaningful long-term healthy changes.
Jay Todtenbier is an original founder of SupplementRelief.com in 2010 and has operated the business ever since. He is also a tennis instructor and gospel musician. Formerly he spent 25 years in business development, technology and marketing with startups and major corporations having gone through the tech boom in Silicon Valley in the 90s. He became passionate about, and began studying and practicing Wellness as a Lifestyle after experiencing chronic, personal health challenges including depression, auto-immune disorders, and being overweight that impacted his ability to live a healthy, vibrant life. Since then, he has been an advocate for healthier living encouraging others to live better through making small, gradual changes to lifestyle behaviors relating to whole-foods nutrition, stress management, reasonable exercise, proper sleep, and the use of targeted, high-quality supplements.
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