Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the best strategies for supporting your physical and mental well-being. Not only does making health-conscious decisions help us feel good on a day-to-day basis, but it also maintains stamina, mobility, and quality of life as we age. The following are a few habits that will help you live a healthy, balanced life.
1. Stay Hydrated
Want a straightforward way to improve your overall wellness? Drink more water. It’s one of the most vital substances that your body needs. Staying hydrated keeps your joints lubricated, helps your organs function correctly, allows your cells to receive and use nutrients, and even promotes mood and sleep quality.
Try for a minimum of eight cups per day. Keeping a water bottle with you is an uncomplicated way to encourage yourself to stay hydrated.
2. Fill Your Diet With Fruits & Vegetables
What you eat has a major impact on your health and wellness. And a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will ensure that the impact is positive. Fresh produce is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support your body from head to toe, including cardiovascular health, blood sugar, and blood pressure.
Keep fruit on hand for snacks and include a side or two of vegetables with every meal to make sure that you and your family get your fill.
3. Sleep Tight Every Night
We’ve always known it, but in recent years, research has found that getting enough sleep every night doesn’t just keep you from being tired during the day. It’s also extremely important for your health, especially your brain. And not getting enough sleep is a risk factor for heart disease and other ailments.
Adults need seven to nine hours per night and kids a bit more. So hit the lights and go to bed!
4. Wash Your Hands Often
We all touch an incalculable number of surfaces every day. Regularly washing your hands is an effective means to keep them clean and free of germs. Not only can that keep you from getting sick, but it also prevents us from spreading germs to others.
Wash your hands throughout the day, especially before eating or preparing food. Use soap and warm water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds.
5. Engage in Regular Physical Activity
Few things promote our health as much as being physically active. It’s good for the brain, helps control body weight, strengthens muscles and bones, reduces the risk of diseases, and a lot more. People of all ages — kids and adults — can all benefit from a lifestyle that includes physical activity.
Aim to be active at least five days a week. Choose activities that get your blood flowing, and, for the best results, add strength training to your routine.
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