Making changes to your regular routine can have great benefits
Are you taking care of your health? If you are young and healthy now, it’s a good idea to establish healthy habits that can last you a lifetime. Or if you are older, it’s never too late to adopt healthy choices! Here are 5 tips that can help improve your health and wellness.
Tip 1: Evaluate your exercise
Everyone knows that exercise is important for your health. It helps to maintain heart health, a healthy metabolism, lower blood pressure, and even to improve your mood. How good is your exercise routine? Do you think you are you getting enough exercise? If you feel that your days are too busy to fit in exercise, try these ideas:
- Schedule your exercise ahead of time. Mark it into your calendar just like you would schedule a doctor’s appointment, and stick with it!
- Find a friend to exercise with you
- Get off the couch! Do pushups or jumping jacks during commercials
- Talk a walk every evening after dinner
- Exercise first thing in the morning, to avoid procrastinating it away
- Try a new sport that you’ve never tried before
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Try a fitness app to set targets and track your progress
Tip 2: Improve your diet
Eating right can be hard when there are so many unhealthy temptations around every corner, from mocha frappes at the coffee shop to drive-through double-decker hamburgers and supersized French fries. But you have the power to improve your diet! See if you can make a few of these modifications every week:
- Try for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day
- When you are craving sweets, try eating fruit instead of candy
- Choose fish and lean meats instead of fattier meats
- Limit your carbohydrates and choose whole grain options
- Choose zero-calorie drinks like seltzer water or regular water
- Control your portions and avoid going back for seconds
- Re-balance your dinner plate, aiming for ¼ protein, ¼ grain, and ½ vegetables
- Instead of socializing around drinking and eating, try meeting a friend for a walk or a run
- Avoid nighttime snacking. Try not to eat after 8pm
- Stay hydrated. Sometimes you might think you are hungry, when really you are just thirsty.
Tip 3. Manage your stress
Stress may be invisible, but it can cause real effects on your health. Too much stress can lead to high blood pressure, stomach problems, headaches, depression, anxiety, and other health problems. Here are some suggestions on how to get your stress level under control:
- Organize your priorities. Managing your stress is a lot easier if you stay organized. At the beginning of each week, look at your calendar to see what is scheduled for the upcoming week. Each morning, look at your to-do list and plan how you will fit in all your activities. With a proactive approach where you plan ahead, you will find that your tasks are less overwhelming.
- The art of saying no. You do not have to be a superhero and accept every responsibility that comes your way. If you are feeling overcommitted, look at what is most important and focus on that first. See if others can help you with your workload. And don’t be afraid to say no if you need to.
- Get good sleep. Shortchanging yourself on your sleep will catch up to you quickly, and it can make you feel even more stressed. Try to get to bed at a reasonable hour and follow good sleep hygiene habits. If you work at night, make sure you have a quiet and dark room where you can catch some sleep during the day. Room darkening blinds and white noise machines might help if you need to sleep in the afternoon.
- Find some “me” time. Everyone needs to unwind. Make sure your days include some free time where you can exercise or just relax. This is a great way to “recharge your batteries” and feel less stressed.
Tip 4. See your doctor annually
Many of us do not remember to get annual checkups, especially if we generally feel healthy. However, a general checkup is important because it can uncover silent diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and other medical conditions that you may not realize you have. If you haven’t seen a doctor recently, make your appointment today!
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