10 Easy Healthy Habits You Can Start Right Away
Let’s face it, we all tell ourselves we are going to be healthier, but then a few weeks (or even days) later, we simply cave into temptation and utter the phrase “I’ll start next week”. You might be oddly comforted in how not alone you are in this feeling.
That’s why, I wanted to share with you guys some of the absolute easiest ways to be healthy, all of which are habits that you can start adding to your daily routine right now.
- Carry a water bottle around with you everywhere you go
It’s no secret that water is amazing for your health. It clears your skin, gives you energy, regulates your bowel movements, and the list goes on. So, while you may already know that you should be drinking more water, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you actually are drinking more water.
By carrying around a water bottle (filled, of course) with you everywhere you go, you are constantly reminding yourself to drink water, effectively increasing your likelihood of drinking it. If you are sitting on the computer, scrolling through Facebook when you notice that water bottle right beside you, the chances of you turning down a gulp are a lot slimmer, then if you had to actually get up and go to the kitchen for a glass. Try it!
- Eat breakfast every morning
This may sound like a given, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to skip breakfast when you’re running late and have somewhere to be. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and kick-starts your entire metabolism.
It’s so incredibly important that you set yourself enough time in the morning to eat a fulfilling breakfast before heading out the door. If time is of the essence (aka you love to sleep in), try preparing your breakfast the night before, that way all you have to do is eat the food – no preparing required.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
This habit requires little instruction beyond me saying DO IT! Sleep is when your body repairs itself, fights sickness, grows, and countless other things that simply need to be done for your survival.
7-8 hours is how many hours a night a teenager/adult is recommended to receive.
- Stretch at least once a day
Stretching your body after a long day or even before what you anticipate will be a long day, is extremely great for your body and muscles.
Not only will you increase your flexibility in no time, but stretching will elongate your muscles, making them more elastic and less prone to strain. If you sit at a desk all day, get up every hour and stretch your back, arms, and legs for at least 1 minute. You will feel so much better at night, and you’re also helping your body in the long run.
Okay, so this habit doesn’t seem quite as easy as the previous ones, but I assure you it is one of the best for your health. Whether you go to the gym or workout at home, getting your blood pumping and your muscles working at least 3 times a week is a necessity for good health and a long life.
If you plan to work out in the comfort of your own home (no judgment here) and want to spice things up with some actual gym equipment, some gym equipment names that are great for beginners are upright bike, treadmill and elliptical.
By far the easiest on the list is simply going outside and getting some fresh air in your lungs. Take a break and get outside! Not only will the fresh air clear your lungs and get you feeling fresh and awake, but it’s also refreshing to leave the confinements of the indoors and remember what else exists in the world.
Some simple ways to get outside is to eat your lunch outdoors, go for a walk after work, take your kids/pets to the park, or even simply just take 5 minutes and stand outside of your home and breath!
Before bed, pull out a good book, magazine, newspaper, or anything other than an electronic device, and read. Reading before bed will relax your mind and put your body to ease, essentially granting you a deeper sleep.
Even if you hate reading, even just 5 minutes of it before bed will do the trick.
- Call your friend or a parent on the phone
Silly in theory, but talking to someone you’re close to on the phone and hearing their familiar voice will grant you much ease and relaxation. This is great for your mental health since humans are meant to interact with other humans!
Simply pick up the phone right now, and call your mom or dad or a friend and have a chat with them. You’ll feel better, guaranteed.
Takes less than 30 seconds a day, and you will be giving yourself better health for the rest of your life. Taking a daily vitamin or supplement gives your body those extra nutrients that it needs to feel great and work at its best.
Ah yes, laughing, the best medicine out there! Laughing is great for your body in countless ways, and I needn’t say more other than: go laugh. Watch a comedy show, talk to your friends, whatever it takes to get your giggling.
There it is! Our 10 easy healthy habits you can start right now! Hopefully, you got something out of this that you can incorporate into your own life.
Guest post by Evelyn Kail.