Don’t despair if your current lifestyle is a far cry from “healthy.” Reading that statement, you may feel like this article isn’t for you. But that’s not true. A better version of yourself is there, just waiting to be discovered!
You can do it with these five easy tips:
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Eating fruits and vegetables is a crucial part of being healthy. They are full of fiber, antioxidants, and other important nutrients. Fruit is naturally sweet and isn’t as unhealthy as sweets that are made from refined sugar. If you don’t like fruit, try mixing it with yogurt or use it in the best smoothie to mask the flavor.
Fruits and vegetables come in so many varieties! Each kind has unique flavors and benefits to offer: lemons are rich in vitamin C, oranges are an excellent source of folate (a B vitamin), and kale contains more iron than a serving of steak. Getting your daily servings will never get boring when there are so many different kinds to try!
Drink water. How much? It depends on the person and can be affected by their activity level, where they live, and other factors. The key is to drink enough so that you’re rarely thirsty, your urine is light yellow in color, and you’re well-hydrated—which means you have enough fluid in your body to carry out its normal functions. As a general rule of thumb, aim for eight 8-ounce cups of water a day.
Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
There’s no way around it: sleep is one of the most important parts of having a healthy body and mind. For most people, that means getting seven to eight hours of restful sleep each night. Without enough sleep, your focus will be off, your immune system will be weakened, and you’ll feel run down in general.
If you find yourself regularly sleeping less than seven hours per night, consider some strategies to get more shut-eye:
- Keep a regular bedtime schedule. Going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time every morning makes it easier for your body to regulate its internal clock.
- Limit caffeine intake after lunchtime. The effects of caffeine can linger in your system for several hours.
- Avoid screen time within an hour of bedtime. The blue light from screens can disrupt your sleep cycle by making it harder for the brain to produce melatonin, needed for sleep.
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
You can start off by walking for 30 minutes per day. This is already a step in the right direction. You can also join a running club or go to your local gym. Don’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself; consider it an investment in your health and well-being.
Make time to relax.
It’s important to find ways to de-stress and unwind, especially after a long day. Stress can take a toll on both your physical and mental health, so finding healthy ways to deal with stress is crucial for maintaining overall wellness.
It’s always possible to make small steps toward a healthier life—and those small steps can have a big impact on how you feel and how long you live!