03 May 11 Things You Should Go Do
It seems like everyone is trying to get healthier these days but there are a few things that seem to get forgotten when striving for a better you. You don’t always have to make a big lifestyle change to get healthy, yes for some a big change is best, but it’s not always doable. However, there are other smaller changes you can make to start your journey of getting healthier.
If you want to get healthy but you feel like you may be overlooking things or you’re not sure what lifestyle changes you could make, then these 11 tips will help you get started on your path to a healthier life.
1. Drink more water
It’s well known that you should be drinking a minimum of 2 liters of water a day, but it’s usually something that is easily overlooked. Here’s the thing, water is needed to run every organ and function in your body. You’re supposed to be 75 percent water and if you’re not drinking enough, you won’t function at your best. Drinking too little water can hurt how you feel and how your body functions throughout the day, so making sure you drink a minimum of 2 liters is important.
2. Replace your unhealthy snacks
From the acorn grows the mighty oak. Meaning, small changes, like changing your mid-afternoon snack from something sugary to protein-rich, can have a huge effect. This is one of the more obvious ones, as it’s one of the main things recommended when trying to get a bit healthier but that’s because it’s effective.
3. Assess what you eat for main meals
This is one of the larger changes you can make but even a slight change will help. Trying to eat healthier foods and replace the bad foods you may be eating will help you get healthier. One of the best ways to change this is simply planning your meals for the week ahead of time.
4. Eat more fruit and vegetables
I promise, not all of these are food-related. However, fruit is something you could also incorporate into your healthy snacks along with vegetables. It’s advised that you take in at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day for a healthy balanced diet. This is the minimum so feel free to indulge in a sweet treat of apples and oranges.
5. Check your vitamin intake
There are certain vitamins and nutrients you should be intaking to keep your body functioning at its best. If you are not taking these in through your food then it may be worth checking with your doctor if you need supplements to subsidize the ones you are not getting enough of.
6. Walk more often
Exercise doesn’t have to be onerous or painful. One of the main things you can do to get healthy is to exercise more. This isn’t so much overlooked as it’s just usually ignored. The thing that is overlooked is that you can walk more and that counts as exercise. It gets you outside and can help you get healthy. Trying walking to work or the grocery store instead of taking the bus. Or walk in place in front of the television while you’re hanging out at home.
7. Get a better sleep pattern
Getting a better sleep schedule and following it will help you to be healthier. Your body uses sleep to replenish energy stores, repair injuries, and reset, so making sure you are giving it the optimal time to do this. Sleeping at the same time each day will help your body to recover better and quicker, this will also mean that you feel less tired and more energized for your day. This also helps with brain function and keeping your hormones in balance to make sure your mental health is better and you’re more focused. The bonus is it’ll help you control your eating – sleep issues are often associated with poor eating habits. Fixing one can help fix the other.
8. Look after your teeth
This one is overlooked as people don’t always associate health with your teeth. Dental health will make your overall health better as it will reduce chances of infections and gum disease which can lead to tooth loss, so making sure your teeth and mouth are healthy is very important.
9. Take in fewer toxins
Part of a healthy lifestyle would also be reducing the toxins put in your body. These are mainly drugs and alcohol. A new global study that came out recently said that no amount of alcohol is safe. It’s wild considering the risks of consuming alcohol can range from organ damage and failure to cancer.
10. Look after your joints and muscles
Even the activity can improve their fitness if they aren’t stretching after a workout. Take care of your joints and muscles, stretch, rest appropriately, and eat protein post-workout to encourage your body to repair and recover. If you don’t do it while you’re young you could end up paying for it for the rest of your life with arthritis and injuries.
11. Look after your mind
Mental health is a major part of health. Caring for your whole body including your brain is vital to a long healthy life. Getting fresh air and sun can boost your immune system, give you vitamin D, and give your mind a break from screens and stress. Stress doesn’t just affect the mind and finding ways to cope, like meditation and yoga, can help you reset and recover.
If you’re struggling with your health or trying to get back on track, remember these tips. And finally, ask for help if you need it — whether your struggle is mental, physical, dietary, or something else — getting help could be the answer.