Forget a New Year’s resolution; the best time to start improving your health is now. So many of us put off taking better care of ourselves. We say we will start our diet tomorrow, or when we have a big event, or on January first. The only way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and diet is to practice a healthy lifestyle.
To get the results you want, you have to be consistent in your habits. You can build your wellness skills with these tips and guidelines from Hopkins Medicine, but if you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local healthcare professional.
Get Good Sleep
A healthy lifestyle isn’t just about diet and exercise. In order for your body to function well and to feel your best, you’ve got to have healthy sleep habits. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and sugary snacks in the evening. Keep any screens off for an hour or two before bedtime; opt for some light reading or meditation instead for entertainment. Take a warm, relaxing bath. Do what works best for you to get enough hours of quality sleep at night, and you will feel more energized throughout the day.
Go for a Walk
Exercise doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or boring. Going for a 30-minute walk every day can get your body moving, lower stress levels, and boost endorphins. Walking outdoors (as opposed to on a treadmill) is best because you also reap the benefits of fresh air. Build a walk into your daily routine; walk with a friend to get coffee in the morning, walk your dog in the park, or use some of your lunch break to walk and listen to music.
Most people eat at least one meal in front of the television or on the go. You may not be aware of the quality or quantity of the food you’re consuming if you’re distracted while eating. Take the tie to chew your food slowly and thoughtfully. This will improve your digestion and allow you to appreciate what you’re putting into your body.
Look for Fitness Opportunities
Little changes to your lifestyle can add up. Challenge yourself to find creative ways to improve your fitness while going about your daily routine. Going to the grocery store? Park at a further spot in the parking lot so you have to walk farther. Taking the elevator at work? Try the stairs instead. Not only will you improve your health with these minor changes, you will change your mentality to look for and enjoy fitness opportunities