Living a healthy lifestyle involves making choices everyday; the first thing that comes to mind in regards to health is food or exercise. Certainly these are 2 important pieces to being healthy, although there are other things you need to work at everyday as well. Here are 4 tips for living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying your life more.
First of all, when you get up in the morning, drink some orange juice with added calcium and take your multi vitamin, this combination will help build your immune system, lower your blood pressure and help prevent cancer. Next eat a heart healthy 7 gram cereal and throw some fruit on it and if you drink coffee use milk instead of cream. Finally when you brush your teeth, drink 8 oz. of water, you’re now ready to face the day.
If you lead a hectic life you need to fill in your lack of nutrition with healthy snacks. Take an apple to work. Eat a healthy salad with vegetables and drink lots of water or decaf tea during the day. Anytime you can, eat wheat over white, for example Wheat bread and wheat crust. Eat smaller portions and more often to help keep your energy levels up.
Depending on the type of job you have, you should get up and move around, for example parking further away from the front door to work and walking to lunch if possible and even taking a short 10 minute walk after lunch. Periodically do some short breathing exercises to keep your mind clear, these are all things that can reduce your stress level during the day.
Take some “me” time and do at least one thing you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be a 2 hour movie, if you like a certain musical performer take 5 minutes and play your favorite song. Call and talk to your mom or best friend. Watch a comedy on t.v. Anything that is relaxing and meaningful to you.
Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to promote living a healthy lifestyle. Use a quality pillow and mattress. If yours are old replace them. Don’t drink water after 8:00 p.m. this lessens the urge of getting up in the middle of the night, several times, to go to the bathroom. During the day drink lots of water to keep hydrated, but not as much in the evening.
In summary start your day by eating right, move around and keep as active as possible during the daytime, take some me time throughout to keep your mind clear, and get a good nights sleep. These are 4 tips anyone can do to help live a healthy lifestyle.