Staying healthy requires daily effort. Living a healthy day-to-day life isn’t difficult, all you have to do is incorporate new habits into your life. The longer you stick with a daily routine, the easier it will become. You will have to keep yourself to a schedule as you start a new health plan, but as time goes on these habits will feel so normal that you won’t even think about them.
It’s the one everyone knows and that many people have a hard time starting. Rest assured that exercising does not need to be a chore that you dread. Just by meeting the minimum recommended amount of 150 minutes of weekly moderate aerobic activity, your body will benefit.
Try to find an exercise you enjoy, or at least don’t despise. Even taking brisk walks or hikes can help you meet the requirement as long as it gets your heart rate up. 30 minutes of vigorous activity 5 days out of the week is all it takes. If you don’t time to do a full 30 minutes in one block, you can break it up into smaller sessions of 15 or 10 minutes done 2 or 3 times throughout the day.
Get 8 Hours of Uninterrupted Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important things your body needs to stay healthy. If you’re not getting enough rest, your cardiovascular system will suffer and you’ll experience fatigue throughout the day. It will be easier for your body to stay asleep for the full eight hours if you stick to a schedule. Try to go to bed around the same time every night.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, try reducing your caffeine intake or staying away from blue screen lights before you go to bed. Talk to a doctor if you have consistent trouble falling asleep, as this could be the sign of a sleep disorder.
This can be a tough one depending on what your diet is like now. You don’t have to start a diet or keep a detailed list of everything you eat to get good nutrition. Given the convenience and prevalence of fast food and frozen processed foods, many people have worked these items into their regular diet and aren’t getting the nutrition they need from real foods.
Find some simple meals you can prepare that weren’t frozen or pre-made. Switching to fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables can significantly improve your health.
Some tips for eating better:
- Don’t use too much salt, too much sodium raises blood pressure and increases your risk for cardiovascular disease
- Cook with olive oil instead of butter. Extra virgin olive oil contains “good” cholesterol that will help your heart.
- Remember that sugar can be found in things like white bread and non-whole-grain pasta, so don’t rely on these too much.
- Include a side serving of fruit and/or vegetables with every meal.
Take Time to Relax
Stress takes a physical toll on your body. Too much stress can harm your cardiovascular system and metabolism. It can also cause cravings for fatty junk foods. If you experience stress, try downloading a meditation app, take more walks, or find a therapist. Don’t worry too much about whether you’re doing everything you “should” be doing to stay healthy. Do what you can and trust yourself to make positive decisions. You may not be able to pick up all these habits all at once. Focus on what you can do and improve from there.
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