Health…. We often take it for granted until it’s too late. Although we know there’s more we can do to take care of ourselves, it can be hard to know where to begin. The good news is, simple everyday actions go a long way. Here are 10 things you can start doing today to be a healthier, happier you…
1. Drink more water.
Our bodies need a lot of quality water to operate well and most of us aren’t getting enough. Drink a full glass when you wake up, drink only water with meals, and drink water throughout the day, as well as another glass before bedtime.
2. Take a brisk 15 minute walk.
It may not sound like much, but a short walk every day makes a big difference – it helps with circulation, exercises your muscles and joints, and gives your lungs and heart a workout.
3. Go to sleep one hour earlier.
Sleep is extremely important for your immune system and general health. Start turning the light out one hour earlier and you’ll be giving your body and brain a great gift.
4. Pray for 10 minutes.
Whether it’s first thing in the morning, or right before you hit the hay, set aside 10 minutes every day for prayer and reflection. Our body, mind, and soul are connected and daily prayer calms us, bring order to our lives, and connects us to God.
5. Take stretch breaks.
Many of us spend too much time sitting every day, and sitting has been shown to contribute to poor health outcomes. Every 20 minutes be sure to stand up, stretch your arms and legs, arch your back, and move your body.
6. Listen to classical music.
Music can lift our mood, inspire us, and calm us down. Classical music, in particular, helps to bring blood pressure and heart rate down, and relieves anxiety. Since stress is a major cause of poor health, having tools on hand to manage it promotes better health.
7. Connect with a friend.
Studies show that, especially for women, time spent connecting with good friends lowers blood pressure and promotes overall well-being. It’s true for us all. Friendship provides an outlet to share our joys and sorrows, which keeps us emotionally healthier.
8. Stop drinking soda.
Soda includes toxic ingredients and can increase your blood pressure and destroy your teeth. It’s been linked to diabetics, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Do yourself a favor and reach for a tall glass of water instead.
9. Cut out the sugar.
It’s not just about cutting out sweets; refined sugar is in many of the foods we eat every day, like tomato sauce and peanut butter, bread and canned beans. Start reading labels and substitute with more natural sweeteners like honey or stevia.
10. Put more colors on your plate.
Every nutritionist agrees that more veggies and fruit equals better health because they pack so many nutrients. One way to make sure you’re getting what you need is to make sure you eat the rainbow everyday – red, purple, orange, yellow, green, red, white and blue. You won’t just have a prettier plate, you’ll have a much healthier one, too!
Follow these simple tips and you’ll be on your way to a better health.