Living a healthy lifestyle seems like a great idea in theory, but in practice, it can become too time consuming – especially when you already have a busy schedule. But not all healthy habits take time to implement. According to health experts, here are 7 practical and actionable everyday habits that can make you feel fabulous and more energized.
Increase Your Daily Steps
Sitting around at your desk all day and then on the couch all evening can’t be good for your health. Martha Gulati, MD from College of Cardiology says that one of the leading causes of heart diseases and high cholesterol is the fact that we like to sit a lot. Experts recommend taking at least 10,000 steps every day to keep your heart healthy and reduce your chances of becoming overweight.
There are several small tweaks you can make to your daily routine to make sure you’re meeting your daily steps, such a taking the stairs instead of the elevator or the escalator, parking your car at the farthest end of the parking lot so that you have to walk more to get to the office. If you take a bus to work, get off one stop earlier and cover the remaining distance on foot. Every extra step you take counts towards maintaining good health.
Take Some Time for Yourself
Technology can be a blessing and a curse. While most of us can’t even imagine a day without our smartphones and computers, too much information can become white noise for our brains.
Alison O’Connor, a yoga and meditation instructor, says that with the busy lives we lead, it is crucial to take a few minutes out of your daily routine to simply sit in silence and find your inner peace. Shut down all electronic devices and take yourself away from the hustle and bustle of life to focus on mental health.
We need eight hours of sleep every night to be fully alert and productive throughout the day, but most Americans tend to get a little over six hours of shut-eye time, an unhealthy habit that has an adverse effect on mind and body.
People who don’t get enough sleep are more prone to depression and chronic stress which can lead to other bad habits such as overeating and making unhealthy food choices.
Drink More Water
If you’re thinking that wine and coffee counts as water, you’re wrong. Alcohol and caffeine contain diuretic elements that cause even more dehydration by overproduction of urine.
Drinking fresh water is a healthy habit that flushes out all the toxins from your blood, making your skin look fresh and healthy. Water also prevents constipation and reduces bloating and curbs your hunger to make sure that you’re not overeating.
Cook Your Own Meals
Cooking your own food isn’t just good for wallet, but also for your waistline since takeout and restaurant meals are often loaded with calories and other unwanted ingredients.
The only way you can have full control over your diet and make sure that you’re eating good quality whole foods is by taking charge in the kitchen. Make sure to stock up your pantry with fresh ingredients like whole grains, legumes, eggs, lean meats, olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Listen to Your Body
Ellen Friedrichs, a health instructor in Brooklyn says that sometimes our body tries to give us hints if we’re not eating well, resting well or taking too much stress. It is important to pay attention to these mental and physical cues and do whatever you can to make yourself feel better.
Maybe you need to take a day off from work to catch up on your sleep, take a vacation to de-stress your mind or start exercising to get in better shape. Make your mental and physical health a priority in life.
Make an Effort to Look Good
Looking good can actually make you more self-confident and happier from the inside which is why it is recommended to put a little more effort while getting ready in the morning to make sure you’re dressed to your absolute best.
Work on wardrobe over the weekend to add colors and styles that you like to wear and make a point to add one statement piece to your outfit every day.