Following these healthy living tips can mean the difference between leading a healthy, vital life – or a life full of disease, both physically and mentally. Start practicing them now, and you’ll see the difference they can make.
I wish I had started a lot younger practicing how to keep healthy, but it is never too late to start. Being my age (I was born in 1959), I am rather healthy. I have no health issues, and I don’t take any medications, which I think is great!
But you never know when you will be struck by illness. My husband Michael was diagnosed with rectal cancer at the age of 50, but other than that he is quite healthy (drives me crazy sometimes though!).
I know so many other people my age and even younger who have so many health issues. I don’t know why I’ve remained so healthy all of these years. I must have been doing something right!
Follow These Healthy Living Tips Starting Now!
You may already be practicing some of these good health habits. If not, start to incorporate them into to your life A.S.A.P.! There is nothing really complicated about them, and some may even seem strange to you. Whatever the case, it’s never too late to start. Get rid of some old habits and bring in the new!
1. Wake Up Early
I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. It turns out there is truth to this saying. They were right!
A study from the University of Toronto found that early risers are both happier and healthier than those who stay up late and wake up late. Previous studies have also found early risers to have more stable personalities and their mods are typically more cheerful.
For me if I wake up late, I feel like my day is half gone and I don’t seem to get too much accomplished. Next thing you know it’s dinnertime!
2. Exercise In The Morning
Why should you exercise first thing in the morning? In addition to a feeling of accomplishment, morning exercise can also help you feel more accomplished and it can boost your metabolism.
Regular exercise includes many benefits and researchers are regularly discovering new reasons why it is so important.
I do my exercising in the morning because if I don’t, I’ll keep putting it off and may not end up doing it at all. And you know what? I do feel more energetic throughout the day (instead of feeling like a slug!).
3. Take Cold Showers
OMG! Take a cold shower? Even though this sounds crazy, research has shown that the drop in temperature can bring an extremely great number of benefits for keeping healthy.
Some of the many benefits included are a faster workout recovery, increased fat burning, and it might also ease symptoms of depression (Plus save on your electric bill. YES!).
4. Stay Socially Active
Our social lives, when compared to diet and exercise, are often overlooked when it comes to keeping healthy. Take the time now to make sure your friends remain a priority in your life. I know I’ve overlooked keeping my friends in my life due to trying to balance a job and a family. I didn’t realize how important it was.
Research indicates that their role is just as important. An analysis of almost 150 studies published in PLoS Medicine found that people with stronger personal relationships were far more likely to outlive their lonely counterparts. Researchers looked at information on more than 300,000 individuals and they said the health risk that comes with being socially disconnected was as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even more dangerous than being obese.
5. Drink More Water
Athletes know how important it is to stay hydrated, and most of us theoretically know that drinking plenty of water is vital to keeping healthy.
Water is necessary for life, plus it keeps you energized and it keeps the immune system strong. Water helps every organ in the body function, along with helping keep joints and muscles in good shape.
Make sure you only drink purified or distilled water. Tap water, and even spring water – are loaded with contaminants. Our bodies do not need fluoride! The best water filtration system is The Berkey Filters. The Berkey water filter systems can be classified as a water purifier because the elements actually remove 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria (log 9 reduction) and 99.999% of viruses which greatly exceeds the standards. It requires no electricity – plus it’s economical. I love mine!
6. Get Moving Throughout the Day
I’m sure that you’ve probably heard that a sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health. Stop being a couch potato! I work on the computer a lot (I am a blogger), and I get up quite frequently and move around.
Sitting too much has been shown to increase your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression, in addition to increasing your risk of becoming obese.
7. Get A Little Sunshine
Although you have been told to stay out of the sun because of the harmful effects, small amounts are important to your health (Like anything else, don’t overdue it!). We do need some sunlight though, because that causes our bodies to produce vitamin D, which more and more Americans are lacking today.
Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, can be produced in the body with mild sun exposure or consumed in food or supplements. Adequate vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
It is estimated that sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per week allows the body the ability to produce sufficient vitamin D.
Read more about the benefits of vitamin D:
8. Take Naps
I love this good health habit! Taking a nap can improve your memory, alertness, and ability to retain information. These short periods of resting have been shown to provide several benefits, including stress relief, which can ultimately lower your risk for health issues like heart disease.
Try to take three naps a week – 30 minute each – but if that’s not possible, sneak at least one in. In my younger days I never took a nap. I just kept going on and on and on, no matter how tired I was. But the older I got I started feeling the need to take a nap, and I felt guilty about it! I realize now that it is important to rejuvenate myself.
9. Eat Well
Healthy eating habits are vital for many reasons. Dark leafy greens, fruits, and nuts are are all a part of keeping healthy. When consumed regularly and over a long period of time, a healthy diet can help protect against health problems like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer and many other ailments.
After Michael developed cancer, we changed our eating habits completely. Sure, it’s more expensive, but how important is your life to you? Read The Best Immune Boosting Foods That Fight Cancer here.
Another note – cut out all the crap! I’m talking about unhealthy processed foods, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, nitrates, pesticides, and all of the other additives that are being put into our foods.
Try to eat as much organic food as you possibly can. For a list of fruits and vegetables that you should eat organic, and for those that are OK to eat without being organic, you can read more about it here: Food that’s safe to eat! — Waterworks Valley
10. Lift Weights
Exercise is definitely a good health habit, but strength training in particular has many benefits of it’s own. To ensure healthy muscles and bones later in life, you should start lifting now.
Researchers at Tufts University reported that weight lifting could help prevent and reverse muscle and bone loss. A regular strength training regimen could also help relieve arthritis pain, improve sleep quality and reduce the number of general injuries.
After puberty, whether you are a man or a woman, you begin to lose about 1 percent of your bone and muscle strength every year. “One of the best ways to stop, prevent, and even reverse bone and muscle loss is to add strength training to your workouts,” advises Troy Tuttle, MS, an exercise physiologist at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.” More on strength training here: 7 Reasons to Add Strength Training to Your Workout Routine | Everyday Health
11. Read Books
Most of us probably don’t realize how important reading is for keeping healthy. A love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease, slash stress levels, encourage positive thinking, and fortify friendships.
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that older people who read regularly are two and a half times less likely to have Alzheimer’s. A 2009 study found that reading for just six minutes can reduce stress levels up to 68%.
I used to read all the time before I got married and had kids. Then I stopped – I just seemed to be too busy. Now that I’m older I realize the benefits, and I enjoy it! You can find the time – read on your lunch break at work, at the doctors or dentist office, read to your kids (I did do that), before bed – whatever way you can squeeze a few moments in to read.
More about the benefits of reading:
“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.”
~Deepak Chopra: is an authority in the field of mind healing
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