10 Things to Do to Stay Healthy: Tips and Tricks

With the start of a new year, many people are setting goals for themselves. One goal that many people have is to stay healthy.

It may sound like an easy task at first, but there are plenty of ways to make it more difficult than anticipated. Here are 10 things you can do to help you stick to your resolution and keep yourself healthy in the process!

10 Things to Do to Stay Healthy:

Drink lots of water

The first thing you should do to keep healthy is to drink lots of water.

This can help with many issues, such as helping your body digest food better and giving your skin a healthier appearance.

The recommended amount for women is roughly 91 ounces per day, while the recommendation for men is 125 ounces or more, depending on activity level.

Eat breakfast every morning.

Eating breakfast each morning has been shown to improve memory function in adults (source), reduce hunger throughout the day, which reduces cravings overall, and boost energy levels throughout the day because it gives you fuel that lasts longer than simple sugars found in candy bars or other snacks.

Make sure that when you do eat breakfast that you are not sugary cereal or pastries but instead oatmeal or a healthier alternative.

Stop eating fast food and processed foods.

Not only is it unhealthy to eat at these restaurants (even if you do not consume any sugar) because of the high levels of sodium, but even cooking your meals from scratch has been shown to improve overall health.

It can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol and increase vitamin intake, which will make the skin glow and give you more energy throughout the day.

You will also follow serving sizes better than when buying pre-made items that often come in larger quantities than needed.

Limit sugary treats such as candy bars, cakes, cookies Etc.

Sugar contains empty calories meaning they do not benefit from what takes up space in your body. Sugary foods can lead to obesity, cavities, and other health issues over time if consumed in excess.

Not only that, but sugar often contains high fructose corn syrup which has been shown to increase inflammation throughout the entire body.

Increase your fruit/veggie intake

Adding more fruits or vegetables into your diet will help you lose weight and provide essential vitamins for optimal health, such as vitamin A, C & K, and potassium, among others.

It would help if you tried to eat at least five servings of fruit and veggies each day, emphasising greens because they contain fiber and nutrients that improve digestion while reducing blood pressure levels.

Exercise

Exercise

If you don’t exercise already, the best thing you can do for yourself is the start.

From reducing your risk of diseases such as cancer and diabetes to improving blood pressure, heart health, mental wellness, and more, many benefits come from exercising regularly.

Because everyone has a different activity level, the recommended amount varies based on age and other factors.

However, even 30 minutes three times per week or 20-30 minutes five times per week would be beneficial in helping lose weight and improve overall wellness over time.

Cut back on caffeine intake.

Caffeine may give you an energy boost right after drinking it, but once the effect starts to wear off, this leads to fatigue which forces people into mid-afternoon slumps when they need another pick me up – often in sugary form.

This can lead to an overall increase in blood pressure which is something you don’t want overtime.

Limit your alcohol intake

Like caffeine, having a couple of drinks here and there may seem harmless, but it adds up quickly, especially if consumed daily or multiple days per week.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than one drink for women and two drinks for men each day, with some health experts even suggesting abstaining altogether (source).

Because of how much damage excess drinking does to our bodies, this should be avoided unless you are doing so responsibly at that level.

Stop smoking cigarettes/tobacco products.

Stop smoking cigarettes

Smoking increases the risk of cancer, heart issues, lung disease Etc.

There is no reason to smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products because of all their damage. If you are trying to quit smoking, try going cold turkey, using an inhaler that mimics a cigarette, vaping Etc.

There are many different alternatives out there, and it is easier than you may think.

Limit your salt intake

Many people overeat sodium in their diet without realizing how high levels can increase blood pressure over time, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Health experts recommend that we limit our daily sodium intake even further, with some saying only 3400mg per day would be beneficial.

In comparison, others recommend less than 2300mg/day – this also varies based on age, sex and activity level, among other factors, so pay attention to your body and make sure you are keeping track of how much salt or sodium is in the food products that you eat (source).

Conclusion

In these ten simple steps, we hope you found a few helpful tips to take on your way to healthier living. Remember that this is not an exhaustive list, and there are many other ways to improve health in the body.

If you have any questions about how best to maintain good health, or if you want more information about what else can be done for better wellness, comment below! We’re here for all of your needs when it comes to staying healthy day-to-day.

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