How can I become healthier?
But being healthier for 2018 doesn’t have to mean revamping your entire routine. Sometimes, all it takes are a few simple changes. It’s all about the small moves you make that reap huge health benefits down the road.
If you’re starting out on your journey to a new healthier you, then here are some simple steps to help you.
#1: Move Your Body More Often
Our lifestyles are primarily sedentary and many of the top deadly diseases stem from us not moving enough or in the best ways.
Get out of your chair every 40 – 50 minutes and walk or move for 5-10 minutes. Make and take the opportunity to use the stairs, park farther from the door, or take the “scenic” route.
#2: Create a Sleep Routine
Improve your health by creating a sound sleep routine with consistent times included. At night it should signal to your body that it’s time to relax.
Consider wind-down activities such as reading a book for 30 minutes, taking a warm bath or shower, and/or listening to soft music or white “noise.”
#3: Eat more Fruit & Veg
Vegetables and fruits have nutrients in them that fight disease, boost immunity, and help you live longer and feel better.
Most of us consume only two or three servings a day when we need nine or more. Sneak in veggies and fruit as much as possible.
Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and increase longevity. People that meditate are happier and they don’t get sick as often.
Sit down every day to meditate for five minutes. Focus on your breathing. Be patient and continue to practice, adding one minute each week.
#5: Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands is one of the best strategies to inhibit spreading germs.
Optimum times are before every meal after you use the bathroom, and after you’ve touched something that is handled by the general public and/or is infrequently cleaned.
#6: Kick Your Bad Habits
Smoking is deadly and it causes health problems for both the smoker and those who breathe the second-hand smoke. Also, cut back on drinking alcohol.
Limit your intake to two drinks a week and watch how your sleep improves
#7: Limit Processed Foods
Many foods that come in cans, boxes, and bags are processed. Processed foods have chemicals, fats, and sugars added to them.
Whole foods come as they are from nature.
#8: Reduce Sugar
There is no nutritional value to sugar so read labels and avoid anything with added sugar.
Reduce sugar in your diet to no more than 6 teaspoons for women and 9 for me. This can have a significant impact on your health.
#9: Cook More Meals at Home
Home cooked meals offer many health benefits including portion, ingredient, and cooking method control, among other things.
Sharing a meal reduces stress and boosts positive hormones that create a sense of well-being and social/emotional bonds.
Laughter is a tremendous stress buster and can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So smile, laugh, and live longer!
Laughter really is the best medicine. Read a funny website, call a friend, or watch a funny show, exercise that funny-bone.
Hugging Relaxes the Body – After a few seconds, most huggers allow their bodies to relax into the hug. This can allow the muscles to relax, having a therapeutic effect.
Hugging can also increase the production of dopamine levels in your brain, boosting your mood. Low dopamine is related to depression, self-doubt and lack of enthusiasm. The release of oxytocin may also play a part in helping to relieve depression.
So what are you waiting for?! Go grab the ones you love, laugh a little, hug a lot and start feeding your body with gorgeous top notch fuel, just like a fine motor car!