How many times have you said to yourself “I really should exercise more” or “I should drink more water”? If you’re like most people, you want to make changes to your health but don’t know where to start. The good news is that small changes can have big impacts on your health and wellbeing. Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to do everything at once. Here are 5 healthy habits you can begin any time to start living a healthy lifestyle.
1. Drinking More Water
Be honest: how much water do you really drink each day? There are lots of different calculations out there for figuring out how much you need to drink and you’ve probably heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day.
This might be plenty of water for some people but not enough for others. Drink when you are thirsty and consider drinking more water if it is hot and humid, you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you are exercising or out in the heat, etc. To know if you are drinking enough, evaluate your thirst levels and urine. If you are rarely thirsty and your urine is light yellow to clear, you’re probably well hydrated.
A good way to start your day is with a glass of water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice. This helps get your digestive tract moving, encourages detoxification, and alkalizes your body.
2. Moving Every Day
Even if it’s just a walk, make it a goal to move your body for 30 minutes every day. While you can and should incorporate more intense exercise sessions (if you are cleared to do so by your doctor), low impact exercise such as walking, cycling, yoga, or swimming are all great ways to move your body to help your circulation, cardiovascular health, and respiratory health.
3. Cutting Back on Sugar
You might be shocked to learn how many foods have sugar in them. From pasta sauce to ketchup to premade soups, hidden sugars are lurking in many foods that you might not expect.
Excessive sugar contributes to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, tooth decay, and other health problems. While it might be hard to cut out all sugar, try to pay attention to the amount of sugar that you are eating and start slowly reducing it.
4. Incorporating Vitamins
A daily multivitamin is an effective way to make sure you are getting all of the necessary vitamins and minerals. If you are lacking something and not getting it from fruits, veggies, or other foods, a multivitamin can make up for that deficiency.
There are many options, such as ones geared towards men or women, those for older people, and options such as chewable gummy vitamins or ones that you swallow. Check out these multivitamin tablets from Vitabiotics for some options.
5. Eating More Fruits and Veggies
We could all use more fruits and veggies in our diets. Try to eat one green thing every day and also incorporate veggies in every meal. Fruit can be used as a snack or even dessert if you have a sweet tooth after your lunch or dinner. You could even designate one night of the week to be meatless, such as “Meatless Monday” and use veggies as the main component of your meals.
Start Small With Your Healthy Habits
If you start incorporating these healthy habits into your life one by one, then you won’t feel overwhelmed and you’ll be on your way to health and wellness in no time. Pick one to start today and once that becomes like second nature, choose another to build into your lifestyle.
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