Everyone knows the healthy practices that they should make a habit in order to stay healthy and live longer. However, we get so caught up in our busy lives that this seems impossible. Building healthy habits is the same as when you learn a new skill – it will take time, but once you have it, you have it. So, despite the fact that we know these things, let’s recap the healthy practices that you should follow, especially in 2017 and beyond.
Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated keeps your skin from showing signs of ageing. It helps your digestive system work better and it also helps your blood flow. Being hydrated also helps to make your brain more sharp and well-functioning. Dehydration is serious and people die from it every year. So, keep the water close and leave the soda and other sugary drinks.
Get some exercise. It doesn’t really matter what types of exercise you do as long as you are moving. Do Pilates, do yoga, go for a run or a walk, walk the dogs, go to the gym, clean the house, etc. No matter what you do, just try and get some physical activity in your day for at least 60 minutes. Your body will be happy and you will feel great.
Eat more green. We all know that carbs are apparently evil and that sugar should be avoided at all times. No matter what your take on it, add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Fruits and vegetables are good for all systems of your body and it contains many important nutrients that your body needs. You should especially try and add more green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. These green vegetables contain iron and other very important nutrients that help fight heart disease and cancer.
Cut down on screen time. So many hours in our day is spent looking at a screen. If it’s not the computer screen, it’s a tablet or smart phone or television. It is important for both your physical and mental health that you allow yourself time away from the screen. Not only does looking at a screen the whole day devoid you of physical activity, but it also causes eye problems, depression, and muscles spasm. Step away from the screen for some reading, conversation, exercise, or social activities.
Sleep enough. So many of us don’t get enough sleep due to long working hours and a whole bunch of other activities and responsibilities. Science has proven over and over that enough sleep is important for good health. Not only does too little sleep affect cerebral processes and mood, it also affects the metabolism. If you sleep enough, your body gets time to repair damage, have some down time, and help you stay healthier for longer. Enough sleep is also important to stave off colds and other illnesses. If you rest enough, your immune system will also be stronger.
So, we mentioned that everyone knows these things already. We hope that this reminds you and inspires you to make a habit of these simple pointers. For some more interesting reading on how science has helped us live healthier and longer, go here.