Do you live a healthy lifestyle? Do you practice healthy living? If you’re reading this article, probably not. We all want to be healthy, but actually practicing healthy living and living a healthy lifestyle can often seem a lofty goal. Planning major healthy lifestyle changes can be a daunting task, but adopting new healthy habits really doesn’t need to be intimidating. It’s simply about making easy to manage healthy choices in your day to day living.
There are lots of small changes you can make to your lifestyle that can make a huge difference during the course of your life. So instead of trying to change your life with a huge makeover, try implementing these sixteen small changes for long-lasting results.
Tips For Healthy Living
Do aerobic exercise
Aerobic exercise strengthens your heart and helps it pump blood more efficiently throughout the body. It can also help lower blood pressure, and keep your arteries clear by raising the “good” cholesterol and lowering the “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood. Aerobic exercise also helps regulate blood sugar levels, regulates weight, helps promote restful sleep and strengthens the immune system.
Do resistance training
Health benefits of resistance training include (and this is going to be a long list!) improved muscle strength and tone, greater stamina, improved posture, increased bone density, improved sleep, weight management and increased muscle-to-fat ratio, improved balance and mobility, easier performance of everyday tasks.
Drink more water
Water makes up around 60% of your body weight and your body needs water daily to function correctly and survive. Dehydration is the enemy!
Practice good dental hygiene
Your mouth reflects your general health and well-being. Dental care should be an integral part of your day. Brush your teeth twice a day and if possible, floss after every meal.
Eat healthy snacks
Do you get hungry mid-afternoon? Instead of reaching for a cookie or a bar of chocolate, try eating a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Studies have shown that those who consume fruit and vegetables as a large part of their diet have a lower risk of heart attack, stroke cancer, high blood pressure, and other serious diseases.
Consume less refined sugar
Excessive sugar consumption is linked to numerous health conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, tooth decay and obesity. Cut down or even better eliminate sugary food and drinks from your diet to help reduce the risks for these conditions.
Get enough sleep
Sleeping services almost every part of our body. It affects our mental health, mood, stress and growth hormones, blood pressure, our immune system, breathing, appetite, and cardiovascular health. Try to achieve 7-8 hours of restful sleep each night for peak health benefits. Have problems falling asleep? Read my article on how to fall asleep fast.
Stop drinking alcohol or reduce your consumption
The more alcohol you drink the higher the overall risk of developing health problems including liver cirrhosis, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, and strokes. Reducing your alcohol consumption or even better, stopping completely can help reduce the risks for these conditions.
Eat less chemically processed food
Processed foods are altered during preparation to make them more convenient, have a longer shelf life, and have more flavour. Unfortunately, processed foods are bad for your health. They are usually loaded with added sugar and contain artificial chemicals such as preservatives, colorants, flavors, and texturants. They are often high in refined carbohydrates and salt, low in nutrients, low in fiber and high in trans fats.
Eat less meat
Switching to a reduced meat, flexitarian or vegetarian diet can help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, lower cancer and heart disease risk and make you look and feel healthier.
I’m presuming just about everybody knows the benefits of quitting smoking! Stopping smoking dramatically increases your chances of living a longer and healthier life and you’ll feel the benefits from the first day you quit smoking.
Meditation is a process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts and the health benefits are impressive. They include reducing stress, helps to control anxiety, enhances self-esteem and self-awareness. Meditation can also improve resilience against adversity and pain, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, improve emotional intelligence and strengthen your immune system.
Studies have shown that adults who sit less throughout the day have a lower risk of early death. Excessive sitting is associated with an increased risk of being overweight, type 2 diabetes, blood clots, cancer, and heart disease. Sitting for long periods is believed to slow the metabolism, which then affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.
There are many benefits to practicing a regular stretching routine. Increased flexibility of course, but stretching can also improve posture, increase blood flow to muscles, help to prevent back pain, reduce stress and can calm your mind.
Remove negative and toxic people from your life
You deserve more from life than filling it with people who make you miserable and bring you down. By removing negative influences from your life you’ll make room for positive things to enter. Discover 9 reasons to stay away from negative people here.
Breathing deeply is good for our physical and mental well-being. Benefits include increased energy, strengthening of the lymphatic system, improvement of the cardiovascular system and calming the mind. Read my article on breathing better here.
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