We have all had inspired moments when we decide to make big lifestyle changes like lose 20 pounds, join a gym quit smoking, and so on.
Even though staying committed to these big life decisions can be very tough but trying to be more mindful about your health and wellness doesn’t have to be so complicated and demanding.
Let’s look at ten simple activities and lifestyle changes to adopt that can bring a big positive effect on your life and health.
1. Enjoy de-stressing
Whether it’s working out, playing any sport, meditation, or simply watching a movie with some comfort food, find out what helps you relax and reduce stress and enjoy doing that.
At times, even simple things like listening to music, reading a good book, or getting a bath can help you relax. Prolonged stress can end up causing bigger problems, for example, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. Hence, it is very important to give yourself some time, on regular basis, to beat some of those stressors of everyday life.
2. Go to bed earlier
A lot of people don’t know or choose to ignore the fact most adults need seven or more hours of sleep and failing to do so affects their health.
Over time, not getting enough sleep can raise the risk of heart attack or stroke, regardless of your weight, age, and fitness habits. Hence, try to establish a sleeping schedule that works for you considering your lifestyle and try to get to bed earlier so you can get a maximum of hours of sleep.
3. Check your posture
Your posture can affect your overall health as practicing correct posture throughout your life will help balance the pressure on your bones and joints. Hence, the next time you are at your work desk, using your phone, or styling your outfit with heavy handbags or heels, think about how it affects your posture.
When you are mindful about your posture, you can focus on straightening up your back, putting your feet flat on the floor, and tucking in your stomach. That said, as most of our lifestyle is inclined towards more hours sitting down in a 9 to 5 job, it is important to consult an Orthopedic doctor, or where you are from. This will help you ensure you avoid any serious health problems in the future.
4. Maintain a healthy weight
Maintaining a healthy weight will not only ensure you are mentally and physically fit but will also lower your risk for health issues like heart disease, stroke, and cholesterol.
There are many other serious concerns and issues attached to being over or underweight. That’s why is important to maintain a healthy weight based on your age, height, gender, and lifestyle.
5. Make a few dietary changes
What you eat has a big impact on your overall health and even how you feel on daily basis. Here are a few dietary substitutions that can help you improve your health and wellness.
• Use skinless chicken and turkey in your meals instead of skin-on and consume leaner cuts of other meats like beef or pork.
• Replace white bread, pasta, rice, and crackers with healthier versions like whole grain.
• Swap intake of sugary drinks like soda and juice with water and a slice of lemon.
• Instead of snacking on chips and other fried and high-calorie options snack on a handful of cashews or almonds in between meals. A piece of whole fruit and some carrots and cucumbers sticks with hummus can also be great snack options.
It is important to make these changes a part of your lifestyle to sustain them over a long time.
6. Keep the salt away
Keeping a saltshaker at the dining table can make excess use of salt very easy, which can lead to high blood pressure. It helps you taste your food before adding salt to it. You may feel like it doesn’t need much salt.
Besides, you try different options to add more flavor to your meal like lemon or lime juice, herbs, red pepper flakes, or a salt-free seasoning blend.
7. Exercise regularly
It is highly recommended to include some form of physical exercise into your routine. If you are not a fan of the gym or working out, start playing any sport, go running or swimming. You can make this as interesting for you as you like.
8. Take the stairs
The idea behind makes lifestyles to improve your health is to be mindful about things you do unintentionally and habits that can be replaced with a healthier alternative. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a perfect example of it.
Taking the stairs will get your blood pumping, work your muscles, and exercise your lungs. It is a great and easy way to add some physical activity into your day without taking any additional time out of your routine.
9. Stretch your muscles
Stretching your muscles regularly has many benefits like it helps you avoid injuries, stay limber, and enjoy great mobility even as you age.
Hence, make sure to take just a few minutes out of your day to stretch out. It is important to stretch before and after you exercise but even if you aren’t working out, it’s good to take a few breaks in the day and stretch.
10. Get your vitamins
A healthy and balanced diet is very important for your health. You must provide your body all the fuel it needs to function smoothly in form of all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and other nutrition.
However, if you aren’t able to eat the right food for your body’s needs, you take supplements to cover for it. But, make sure to consult your doctor to suggest the right supplements for your body’s needs.
Stay healthy and happy
It’s never too late or too early to change your practices and adopt healthier habits. Now, is the best time to build the right foundation for a lifetime of good health. The older you get, the more difficult it becomes to change your habits and lower your risk of developing any medical condition. So, start from today!