There are many easy things you can do to enhance your health that does not require money or a trip to the doctor.
Healthy people make more healthy choices each day than unhealthy people.
Simple practices, repeated consistently, can positively impact your health.
Use these simple strategies each day and reap the healthful benefits:
Incorporate simple movement routines into your day, you do not need a gym membership or equipment just some simple activities that you can do daily.
If you move well, you will also think, feel, and live well.
Healthy movement helps us:
Feel well, physically, and emotionally
Think, learn, and remember
No matter your starting point the more you move, the better your body will function.
2. Drink more water
Some healthy options, such as green tea and watery fruits like watermelon, will also keep you hydrated. Read Hydration Matters.
3. Eat real food
Real food is anything you can buy and consume in its natural state, it is unrefined and unprocessed and does not contain added ingredients, such as salt, simple carbohydrates, or fat.
Real foods are rich in nutrients, contain fewer calories and are more filling than most processed foods.
4. Get sufficient sleep
If you are eating well and have a movement routine in place, but you still do not feel or look the way you want, poor sleep may be to blame.
Everything from clear thinking to good decision making, proper digestion to high performance is heavily dependent on getting good quality sleep.
More than a third of adults get fewer than 7 hours of sleep each night, the minimum needed to keep your risk of health problems in check.
Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If you are getting less, slowly try adding a bit more - even just 30 minutes can make a difference.
5. Manage stress
Stress is one of the primary obstacles of good health.
When working correctly, the stress response helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. It can also help you meet challenges and increase your concentration when you need it most.
But beyond a certain point, stress will stop helping and start damaging your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
Find relaxation practices that work for you and use them each day.
Options include: Deep Breathing | Meditation | Yoga | Tai Chi | Walking Meditation
6. Be sociable
Social contact helps you stay emotionally healthy. How much social contact is needed varies from one person to the next.
Research shows that active social engagement is associated with a stronger immune system and better mental health. Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression
Find the right level for you and ensure that you maintain it.
7. Keep your brain active
It can be easy to fall into the trap of mindless online surfing or binge-watching TV. Practising your mental skills can make it easier to improve your life.
Improved mental skills give you the psychological capabilities necessary for focus, motivation, resilience, and change.
Without mental skills, you may feel “stuck”. The more you are aware of what you are thinking, feeling, choosing, and believing, the more able you are to change these things.
The brain loves a challenge and learning a new activity that requires concentration is a great way to strengthen your cognitive abilities.
Experiment with things that require manual dexterity as well as mental effort, such as drawing, painting, and other crafts. Word Puzzles | Reading | Chess | Sudoku
You do not have to exercise for hours, drink protein concoctions, or limit your diet to raw vegetables to be a healthy person. Do the simple and relevant things consistently and good things will happen.
Good health can be a simple matter.
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