It can be hard to keep up with your health between taking your kids to school and work. However, there are simple things you can do to improve your daily routine. Here are 10 ways to live a healthy lifestyle this year.
Drink Plenty of Water
You may have a glass of water with meals, but remember to continue to drink it throughout the day. Men need to drink about 15.5 cups of fluids a day and women need 11.5 cups to stay healthy. Staying hydrated helps you maintain a normal body temperature and lubricates your joints. It also helps to flush out waste.
If you don’t like the taste of water, add in some fruits or vegetables to increase the flavor. Infuse in some lemon, lime, fresh berries, or cucumbers. Another simple way is to replace sodas with water. It increases your water intake and reduces the number of calories you consume. Also, if you forgot to drink because you’re so busy, set reminders on your phone.
Get Enough Rest
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential in allowing you to function the next day. If you’re sleepy, you will be less alert and more forgetful. You may also feel more easily irritated, which can negatively impact your relationships. So, you want to make sure you’re getting at least 7-9 hours of rest.
One way to sleep better is to wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends. You also want to turn your phone off before bed and do something relaxing.
Be More Active
Physical activity is important to keep your heart healthy and strengthen your bones. Regular exercise also helps with weight management, reducing the risk of diabetes. You want to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a day.
One of the easiest ways to work out is by walking. Head to your local park and walk around the trails. Getting fresh air allows you to receive vitamin C and boosts your mood. Plus, you can turn walks into family bonding time. Another quick way to get exercise is by taking the stairs. You can even multitask by running on the treadmill in front of your favorite shows.
Try Some Light Stretching
Stretching isn’t just for before a workout. It can help to loosen up your muscles and improve flexibility. Tense muscles can cause high blood pressure and stiff arteries. Starting your morning with a simple stretching session can help you relax. Consider trying the side lung stretch, which works your inner thigh.
Eat Your Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy to get through the rest of the day. Consider going for a nutritious meal with plenty of fiber and protein. Eggs are easy to make and rich in protein. It can also fill you up faster, so you’re less hungry during the afternoon.
Take Care of Your Mind
Your physical health is essential, but don’t forget about your mental wellbeing. With all the stress of life, it’s critical to take some time for yourself. This doesn’t have to be a big thing either. It can be a few minutes when you’re having your morning coffee or right after you put the kids to bed.
One way to clear your mind is through meditation. It can decrease anxiety and promote creativity. In addition, it can make you happier and help you discover your personality. Mediation also has physical benefits, such as reduced muscle tension and headaches. Yoga, journaling, and exercise can also help you clear your head.
Make Homemade Meals
Life gets busy, and sometimes cooking isn’t an option. However, when you have the time, it can encourage you to eat a more nutritious meal. Many restaurant foods are high in sodium, sugar, and fat. Plus, you can save money by staying in. For example, people in Arizona spend about $2,7095 per year dining out.
When cooking your meals, make sure you have a good mix of protein and vegetables. Consider making a chicken parm stuffed pepper for your next family dinner.
Spend Time With Loved Ones
Spending time with friends and family can improve your mood. Also, having social connections is vital for your well-being. It can lower anxiety and depression and increase your self-confidence. They also have physical health benefits, such as living longer. So, consider catching up with a friend or family member during your next lunch break.
Brush Your Teeth Gently
While most people know to brush their teeth regularly, they may not do it properly. Brushing too hard can irritate your gums and cause tooth sensitivity. Instead, brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and lukewarm water. You also want to limit your acidic food intake, which can cause tooth decay.
Be Mindful of Your Posture
Many people sit for hours to do work or watch television. The average adult sits about 6.5 hours a day. Sitting for an extended time puts strain on your back. When sitting at your desk, straighten up your back and put your feet flat on the floor.
You also want to raise your monitor to eye level to avoid neck strain. Make sure to have a comfy chair with good lumbar support as well. Then throughout the day, remember to get up and walk around during your breaks.
How to Stay Healthy
Your health should be a top priority. The good news is there are simple ways you can improve your health. So, follow these tips to live a healthy lifestyle today.
About The Author
Ava Roman (she/her) is the Managing Editor of Revivalist, a women’s lifestyle magazine that empowers women to live their most authentic life. When Ava is not writing you’ll find herin a yoga class, advocating for body positivity, whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, or smashing the patriarchy.