It's one thing to hear the reminder that you only get one life. Unfortunately, a lot of people wait until they've experienced a crisis in order to get their life in order. It's often stated that an ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure. One of the best ways to exercise that "an ounce of prevention" is by taking care of your health on a daily basis. By taking small yet intentional steps in the right direction, you can lead a healthy life. In order to get started, consider the five things you can start to do each day.
Consume Nutrient-Rich Foods
The fuel you put in your car matters because it'll help to maintain the integrity and longevity of the car. The food you put in your body matters because it'll help you remain productive, healthy, and disease-free. Do your best to consume lots of nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and grains. If you don't know much about portion control and how to eat for optimal health, consider using a healthy living program that does all of the meal planning and deliveries for you.
Get Adequate Rest
A full night's rest allows your mind and body to unwind, repair, and restore. Develop a great nighttime routine that allows you to sleep peacefully. If you suffer from insomnia or another sleep issue, consider seeing a specialist. Sleep is too important for you to miss out on all of its benefits. Eight hours of sleep is typically what is recommended for getting enough sleep. However, there have been many studies to suggest that adults don’t need as much sleep and you may be able to get by on seven hours of sleep instead. In addition to the amount of sleep, the quality of sleep makes a big difference. If you get a lot of sleep but don’t feel rested, you may need to talk to a doctor about sleep apnea or update your nighttime routine to include things that will help you sleep better.
Drink Lots of Water
Studies suggest that it's best to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 pounds, you'll want to drink at least 75 ounces throughout the day. For many people, it's really simple to drink through a tumbler with a straw. You can also enhance the flavor of your water with mint leaves, cucumbers, or fruit. Just do your best to consume as the day goes by in order to remain adequately hydrated. Some people also set a timer or have a smartwatch that reminds them to drink more water. If you have a hard time drinking water, you may want to put a tracking system in place to help keep water on your mind.
Move Your Body
Do a mix of cardiovascular activity, stretching, and strength-training exercises. When you incorporate all three exercises, you'll boost your heart health, ability to burn calories, and build strong muscles. As you age, strength-training exercises help with hormone regulation. In addition to hormones, it a healthy and strong body can prevent injuries down the road. Muscle strength can help prevent falls and if you do fall, muscle strength can prevent your bones from breaking. Unfortunately, the speed at which you lose muscle is typically faster than the time it takes to build it. That means that no matter how old you are, you should start building your muscles now.
Every human being experiences some level of stress on a daily basis. Whether it's the anxious thoughts surrounding a looming deadline or the quick moment where you had to slam on your brakes, stressful situations occur. However, you have to release that stress so it doesn't build up and lead to a physical ailment. Some of the best ways to release stress include getting a hug from someone you love, meditation, or stretching.
Develop a level of consistency around these healthy activities. Sure, some of these activities will require a bit of motivation and discipline. However, when you begin to feel and see the rewards, it'll become much easier to stick with a healthy lifestyle. Your life is worth living. By prioritizing these healthy habits, you'll be doing your part to make sure you're here to experience it all.