Forget the excuses. Focusing on yourself, your own health and your well-being (both physical and psychical) is the best thing you can do. Regardless of how you feel now, you can always find 30 minutes (or less) to improve and maintain your health and well-being. Read on and note a few things to live a healthy lifestyle with virtually no effort or investment.
1. Drink More Water
It’s a fact: drinking water is simply essential to our being. It’s important to stay hydrated during the day not only to replenish the water we lose throughout the day, but also to manage diabetes and to keep your teeth and skin healthy. If you can’t force yourself to drink plain water try drinking lemon water instead: it’s a slightly tastier version that will give you glowing skin and will improve digestion.
As we all rush around madly trying to squeeze out as much as possible out of our every day lives, good rest is undoubtedly needed, too. Your body, just like your mind, needs to rest and regain its powers. If you are a person who has a very active lifestyle, try dedicating at least half a day one a week for something you WANT (don’t have) to do: sleeping, watching TV, cooking or simply doing something what gives you and your body the biggest amount of joy and rest. Let yourself “recharge” so you can share your joy and positivity with others. Rest well to regain your energy and use it as a source of inspiration for creativity.
3. Schedule Your Workouts
Working out increases endorphins which can improve your mood significantly. Try finding a number of sports to find out what you prefer most – try running, jogging, yoga, aerobics or dancing. If you need some motivation try persuading your friend to go jogging at least once a week – it’ll be a nice beginning plus you’ll have somebody who will kick your a$$ when needed. If you don’t like working out, try doing some small things every day (or every second day) to improve your well-being: choose stairs over elevator,choose walking instead of taking a bus and an active dancing night in a nightclub with friends over an indoor party.
4. Eat Green
One of the best things you can do for your health is to simply eat more greens! Try adding more greens to your food which you’re used to eating: add some spinach to your salad, try kale for your smoothie and opt arugula in your sandwich. Your tummy will thank you.
5. Walk, Walk, Walk
Did you know that walking around 30 minutes a day will slash your risk of chronic disease? The American Diabetes Association says that walking lowers your blood sugar levels and the overall risk for diabetes. Not only that: walking every day improves your mood, strengthens your bones and muscles and improves your balance and coordination. It’s a free way to keep yourself healthy and happy – so why not give it a try? Choosing to walk to uni or work (if conditions allow) is already a first amazing choice you can do to keep yourself healthy.
6. Practice Power Naps
Adequate sleep (which is around 7-8 hours for an adult) is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. Good sleep can also benefit your heart, weight, mind and more. Scientists say that during sleep you can also strengthen memories or “practice” skills, which is the reason why people advice to take a nap after a long study period. In other words – if you happen to spend a few hours learning something new and you decide to take a break, take a nap break!
7. Improve Your Dental Health
Two simple yet underrated hygiene practices that you can improve immediately: flossing your teeth and rinsing your mouth. Keeping your gums clean will no only help you avoid bad breath, but will improve your long-term teeth and mouth health. It is recommended to both floss and rinse your mouth once per day, best in the evening.
Connecting with other people and making yourself useful is one of the best ways to feel happy. It will not only make you happy, but will (first and foremost) help others and community. Studies show that volunteering is good for your body and mind: people who donate their time feel more socially connected and feel less depressed and lonely. Researchers also claim that people who volunteer regularly have lower blood pressure and even live longer! Crazy, right?
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali