Is 2018 the year that is finally going to be about you?
Are you committed to living a healthier lifestyle and feeling better each and every day? If so, you are in luck. It is not as hard as you might think to live better, and it doesn’t cost a lot of money either.
The last decade has been a series of ups and downs for me. Through trial and error, I’ve learned a few ways to improve my lifestyle, and they can work for you, too.
1. Drink More Water Than You Think You Should
Drink a lot of water. Drink every day. Drink more than you think is necessary. Water is so important to your body.
Your skin benefits from proper hydration, as does your digestive system.
In addition, you have more energy to get through the day when you drink enough water.
So, ditch the soda and start carrying a water bottle around with you everywhere. You won’t look back.
2. Adopt A Plant Based Diet
Have you read “In Defense of Food”?
If not, put it on your reading list. You can thank me later. The author talks about how important real food is.
Pre-packaged items are to be avoided. Instead, opt for vegetables, grains and fruits. No matter what, you still have to watch your calories.
You aren’t going to be healthy if you chow down on 3,000 calories, regardless of what food you are eating.
However, you want to put foods in your body that provide you with nutritional value. Of course, you can eat some meat if you would like.
Try, though, to include as many vegetables as possible.
Fruits are good for you, too.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is important!
Yes, I know you have a million things to do.
But, if you aren’t going to take care of yourself, who will?
Everyone knows that food and water is essential to life. But sleep is high up there as well, so work out a system that enables you to get enough rest each night. You aren’t any good to anyone when you are tired.
That project can wait until the morning.
Get at least seven hours of sleep every night, and if you need a power nap, take it.
4. Be Social
Your mental health factors in heavily to your overall health.
Life can’t just be about work, working out and eating right. You also need to connect socially with others as well. When you do, you feel better and have less stress.
5. Quit your Vices
Alcohol and cigarettes are terrible vices that can really impact on your health – quitting both or limiting exposure to them can make a notable difference.
6. Get Moving
You don’t have to run four miles every day to be healthy.
But, you do need to get moving, so find something that you enjoy.
For example, take a walk on your lunch break or join a kickboxing class.
Moving makes you feel happy. Your body responds to movement in a positive way because it wants you to keep it up.
If you try and engage in activities that you dread, you won’t continue with them for very long.
That is why it is so important to find something you like so that you will stick with it.