Daily Habits You Need to Adopt
Routines are a simple and effective way to prioritize your health and can go a long way toward improving your quality of life.
Even the smallest changes can lead to big benefits, including better sleep, decreased stress, and higher energy levels. And though it takes an average of sixty-six days to develop a habit, the results will be well worth the effort. To help you in your journey toward living a healthier lifestyle, here are six habits you should incorporate into your everyday routine.
Drink water consistently
Approximately 60 percent of the human body is water, so staying hydrated throughout the day is important for your well-being. While you’ve likely heard that you’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day, the actual amount each individual needs depends on their exercise levels, environment, and overall health. In general, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends about 15½ cups daily for men and 11½ cups for women. You should also drink water before, during, and after exercising, whenever you eat, and anytime you simply feel thirsty, especially during summer. Staying hydrated can improve the health of your heart, brain, kidneys, and joints and make you feel more energized and less irritable.
From fresh air and energizing sun to beautiful scenery, Mother Nature has a lot to offer, and spending two hours a week taking it all in can make a big difference in boosting both your physical and mental health. If you can get outside a little each day, you may find that you sleep better, breathe easier, and feel more relaxed. That’s because spending time in the great outdoors decreases your cortisol levels, which can help reduce the amount of stress you experience every day.
Exercising for 150 minutes a week, or about 21 minutes a day, can have a huge impact on your health. By incorporating moderate levels of activity into your daily routine, whether that involves walking around the neighborhood, lifting weights at the gym, or working in your yard, you can improve your heart health, strengthen your muscles and bones, reduce your risk of various diseases, and increase your life span. You may even find that you have a more positive outlook as a result.
Spend a few minutes alone
Solitude may not be easily afforded to you if you work in an office, have kids, or live with several people, but stepping away from the hustle and bustle for even a few minutes is vital for your overall health. By taking this personal time, you’re giving yourself a chance to unwind and reenergize, which can in turn improve your concentration and productivity. Even just stepping outside every once in a while, shutting your office door during your lunch break, or turning your phone to “Do Not Disturb” can help you feel more rejuvenated and refreshed.
Reading is a great way to delve deeper into your favorite topics, learn more about ones you aren’t familiar with, or get lost in a fantastical world or story. But this activity isn’t just good for your mind—it’s also good for your health. Studies have shown that reading for thirty minutes a day can improve your blood pressure, sleep quality, stress levels, depression, and general quality of life. So the next time you go to turn on the TV or scroll through social media, consider cracking open a book instead.
When was the last time you got a full night’s sleep? If you can’t remember, it may be time to shift around your priorities and move sleep toward the top of the list. As mentioned earlier in this issue, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society both recommend that adults between the ages of eighteen and sixty get a minimum of seven hours each night for optimal health. When you regularly get less than this, you may experience fatigue, lowered immunity, impaired performance, and a higher risk of accidents in your daily life. Instead, try to get in the habit of going to bed at the same time each night so you can feel well rested in the morning and ready to conquer what’s ahead.
Though it may not be easy at first to incorporate these six habits into your everyday routine, it’s important that you prioritize your health so you can be your best self. It will take some time for each one to feel less like work and more like a normal part of your day, but if you stick with it, you’ll be left feeling better than you did before.
This article was prepared by ReminderMedia.
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