Every day, what you do impacts your health. Your activity level, diet, mental health – all of these aspects profoundly impact your health and can have repercussions for years to come. There are 10 healthy habits everyone should adopt.
1.) Drink More Water
We know everyone says this, but it’s one of the healthiest habits on the planet. The Center for Disease Control recommends that adults and children stay hydrated for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to; dehydration leads to constipation, exhaustion, lack of focus, and even kidney stones.
Carry a reusable water bottle – this makes it easy to drink more water.
2.) Eat Breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast with a balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates helps to begin your body’s metabolic process of the day. If you want to have consistent energy levels throughout the day and perhaps even lose weight, eat breakfast!
3.) Get 7 Hours of Sleep
Sleep not only promotes mental health but also boosts your immune system. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults, at a bare minimum, get at least 6 hours of sleep. They want you to aim for at least 7 to 9 hours though.
If you want to be more focused and less stressed throughout the day, aim for at least 7 hours of sleep every night. This is a habit you can also pass on to your kids too!
4.) Consume Less Sugar
Experts agree that American’s consume an excessive amount of sugar. This can be hard because your body literally gets addicted to sugar. Consuming less sugar promotes heart and cardiovascular health, regulates your metabolism, stops cravings, and even stabilizes your mood.
We recommend avoiding sugary drinks like pop, energy drinks, and many even sports drinks. Also, watch out for cereals and carb-heavy meals. With little effort, you can consume less sugar and be on your way to a healthier life.
Moving your body, through rigorous exercise, on a hike, or in a fitness class plays a huge role in boosting your overall health. The American Heart Association recommends that adults get at least 75 minutes of exercise per week – this includes both aerobic and weight-training.
One of the hardest aspects of integrating exercise routines into your weekly schedule is that they can be rigid, and that doesn’t mix well when you have kids, jobs, and other obligations. Exercise can look like talking a walk with your kids, or doing a yoga tape while you study. Just aim for 75 minutes a week. Your body and mental health will thank you.
Reflection is a great way of unwinding and reducing stress. In fact, studies show that writing about stress and trauma have incredibly healing effects on a person. It is clear that there is power in releasing your emotions, and this can be done on paper but also while your exercise or even explore the outdoors.
Reflection can truly look different for everyone, but it’s ability to increase a person’s mood and enhance their coping mechanisms is undeniable.
7.) Practice Gratitude
Did you know that recognizing the people in your life is a natural mood booster? There are many ways to practice gratitude. Say thank you in sincere ways, like with a card, flowers, or a nice dinner. Call your grandparents and tell them you love them and appreciate them. Do something nice for someone and expect nothing in return. This may all sound very cliche, but practicing gratitude is proven to be good for your health. Practicing gratitude is also a great habit to pass on to those around you, especially kids.
8.) Take a Spa Day
How many times a week do you think to yourself, “I need a break.” Now, how many times a week do you actually take one?
A spa day obviously isn’t a weekly activity, but it should be something that you adopt as part of your routine. Whether you sit in a sauna, get a massage, or just enjoy the hot tub, spa days significantly reduce stress. Treat yourself and take a spa day.
9.) Spend Time Outside
You’ve probably heard this many times throughout your life. That being said, spending time outside is a healthy habit that everyone should adopt. Not only is nature beautiful but it’s scientifically proven to increase your happiness. Whether you sit outside on the porch, or go camping for a week, expect to feel rejuvenated and happy after spending time outside.
10.) Take CBD Daily
CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that has been found to have a variety of benefits. In addition to being an immune-boosting antioxidant, CBD has also been found to naturally reduce inflammation caused by stress, strains, injuries, or even medical conditions. CBD has also been found to affect mood and mental health positively. Taking CBD is a natural and easy healthy habit to adopt.
A Path to a Happier and Healthier Life
These 10 healthy habits that everyone should adopt are an amazing starting point in a new and healthy direction. We all want to live a more fulfilling, adventurous, happy and healthy life, right? Adopting these 10 healthy habits puts you well on you’re way down that path.
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