Living a healthy lifestyle does not need to be huge changes in the way you live. Some small habits can make sure you get to old age a much healthier person who does not have to take medication for all sorts of conditions. Most of the suggestions are modifications rather than total changes, although of course, that does depend on how you live now.
Wash Your Hands Often
It would be impossible to know how many times a day you touch something that someone else has left germs on, and these germs could make you ill. Wash your hands often throughout the day especially after visiting the bathroom or before you eat a meal.
Start Stretching Your Muscles
When your job means that you are sitting in an office all day, your muscles can start to weaken through a lack of use. Start to make stretching your muscles part of your daily routine and then they will stay stronger and cause you less pain.
Breathe In The Correct Way
Breathing from your diaphragm rather than your chest can improve your blood circulation and other body functions. The change in breathing technique is not difficult and although you may have to think about doing it to start with, it will eventually become the normal way for you to breath.
Have Lots Of Showers Or Baths
Of course, you already know that a bath or shower will clean your body and get rid of any nasty body odors. However, did you also know that they would revitalize your skin, as well as being a great way to relax your mind? Make them a time to pamper yourself too for the most benefit of some ’you time’.
Don’t Let Your Nails Grow Too Long
Long nails are the perfect place for germs to hide and this could result in all sorts of infections. Short nails are easier to keep clean and to get rid of any germs from underneath them. The problem is that is there is a virus or germs under your nails you could easily ingest them when you are eating.
Shorter nails can still look good and you should keep them that way unless you need to have long nails to model a nail varnish or some jewelry. Even then, if that is the sort of job you have, false nails could be used for the task.
Cut The Sugar
There is a huge proportion of the population in the US that suffer from type 2 diabetes as they get older and this is totally preventable. Keeping the intake of sugars very low in your diet will go a long way to lowering your risk of developing this condition.
Apart from the obvious things, such as candies, that have high sugar content, you should also avoid soda drinks and processed foods. It is processed sugars that are the problems and the natural ones found in fresh fruits and vegetables are plenty for our bodies needs.
If you do not want to end up injecting yourself with insulin every day, cut the processed sugars from your diet now.
Sleep More, Stress Less
Getting enough sleep is important to help stave off all sorts of health problems, and one that a lack of it will cause is stress and anxiety. When you get depressed, you are more prone to heart problems and various other medical conditions. One of the biggest factors in coping with the stresses of everyday life is having enough sleep.
To help promote a good nights sleep make sure your bed is comfortable, never eat a heavy meal late at night and turn off computers, TV’s and digital devices at least one hour before retiring.
Some people do not like taking supplements as it can feel like taking medication. The difference is that by taking supplements you are trying to prevent some medical conditions rather than trying to treat the symptoms, which is what most medications are for. The same can be said of a low dose aspirin as this can help to keep your blood flowing freely. However, aspirin can also upset your stomach unless you use one with a specially formulated coating such as Cartia. The benefits make it so worthwhile, but do speak to your physician first.
Supplements for vitamins and various nutrients can be a huge help in keeping your body healthy. In most cases, if you have too much because you have changed your diet as well, your body will just expel the excess it does not need.
Put 30 Minutes Aside For Exercise
No matter how busy you are, put 30 minutes to one side each day for exercise. You can vary what you do, but that half hour a day will make a huge difference to your well being now and for the future. It does not even have to be very strenuous. If you have a dog, take it for a walk. If you have kids run around in the garden with them. Take up dancing, swimming, playing a sport or anything else that you think you might enjoy.
Exercise is not only good for your physical well being but it will also help you mentally too. If the exercise you do is in the fresh air that is even better. You will find that your brain becomes more alert, and this is why taking a walk in your lunch hour is good because then you are ready for the afternoon’s work, just as fresh as you were when you first arrived to start the day.
Drink Plenty Of Water
You should try to drink plenty of water every day. It will not only keep you hydrated but will also help to flush any toxins from your body and help to rejuvenate your cells. If you do not have enough fluid you will start to dehydrate and then will very soon start to feel unwell and exhausted.
However, not everyone likes plain water. You can flavor it yourself with a few slices of lemon or orange, or drink it as infusions such as green tea, which is also very good for your body. There are also ways of ‘eating’ water. Melons and cucumber are just two examples of foods with a very high water content.
Say Hi To Fruits And Vegetables And Goodbye To Carbs
Fresh fruits and vegetables have lots of fiber, vitamins and nutrients that are crucial for a healthy body. Eat more of these and replace the carbohydrates with them. Carbs will slow you down and make you sluggish and although they may give you an energy boost it will be very short-lived. The natural ingredients of fruit and vegetables are a much better way to get the energy you need, with the bad side effects of too many carbs.
It does not matter if the fruit and vegetables are frozen. They will have been put in this state as soon as they were picked and so retain much more of their goodness than ones that have been sitting on the supermarket shelves for more than a few days. Even tinned ones are OK, as long as the fruits are not in syrup and the vegetables are not in salted water.
Eat Good Fats And Avoid Bad Fats
Fats need to be part of everyone’s diet, but only the good fats that you will find in oily fish, nuts, olive oil, and seeds to name just a few examples. Avoid sauces made with cream, margarine and full-fat milk to keep bad fats out of your diet. Of course, there are many more of both of these, but the problem with the bad fats is they are likely to cause cholesterol problems, which in turn can create problems with your heart.
Some of the worst offenders for bad fats, sugars, and artificial preservatives are junk food. Hence you should say no to them as often as you can. If you really must have burger and chips, make them yourself at home. Then you can use the leanest of meats for the burgers and use a deep fat fryer that works with a fine spray of fat for the chips.
That way you can still enjoy your treat without having the excesses of all the bad things, although a really occasional treat of junk food will not do too much harm as long as you are avoiding them most of the time.
Most smokers know that their habit is bad for them but it is not always easy to stop. If you want to be healthy though you really do need to quit smoking. If you cannot do it on your own, speak with the pharmacist about some of the over the counter preparations that can help. You could also chat with your healthcare provider as they usually have support groups to help you with this problem. They may also be able to recommend other methods that may help you to quit smoking.
This is one thing that can affect other peoples health too as second-hand smoke can also cause a lot of damage.
Making these things part of your normal life will soon become a habit and they are ones that will help to make you healthier now and put in in good stead for a healthier life in the future.