How To Create Healthy Habits
Creating healthy habits can be difficult, but there are a few things that you can do to make the process easier. Start small and build up. If you want to make healthy changes, start by choosing one goal such as taking natural supplements. Then break it down by starting with one supplement daily, once that becomes a habit (usually about 3-4 weeks), add more if needed.
In addition, you can create a way to track your progress. Being organized is one of the best ways to create healthy habits. Tracking your progress allows you to have a visual of the progress you are making to reinforce your goals.
Take Natural Supplements
One of the most beneficial habits of healthy people is taking natural supplements. There are things in our bodies that need to be balanced such as vitamins, minerals, and hormones. Natural supplements use all natural ingredients to stimulate these balances.
Going along with taking natural supplements, drinking water is one of the best ways to improve health. In general, if you think you drink enough water, add at least another cup per day. There are many reasons for our bodies to experience dehydration from diet to our environment. Staying hydrated will allow your body to function properly by improving digestion, reducing stress in the bloodstream that creates headaches, and hydrating the skin.
Staying active is an important part of staying healthy. As you move, your muscles circulate oxygen to all areas of the body which reduces inflammation and allows proper function. In addition, movement stimulates chemical reactions in the body that improve mental function and mood.
There are many ways to stay active without doing heavy strength training. While strength training can be greatly beneficial for your body, it can be hard for someone who is just starting to create healthy habits to stick with. Consider trying walking, swimming, yoga, pilates, active stretching, or another low-impact exercise to get started.
Eat More Plants
Similar to drinking water, even if you think you are eating enough plants, chances are you need to add more. The average adult should consume at least 2 cups of fruit per day and 3 cups of veggies or 6 cups of leafy greens per day. Aside from that, grains and beans are also plants that are beneficial for your daily health. In contrast, only 5-7 ounces of meat should be added to your diet daily.
Start Of With a Healthy Breakfast
When people say, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” they are telling the truth. Whenever you eat first in the day, you are breaking your nightly fast. When that happens, you set the baseline for your metabolism for the whole day. Having a healthy breakfast is a great way to boost energy in the morning and improve overall health throughout the day.
Go To Sleep Early
At the end of the day your brain and body need to rest in order to prepare for the following day. Without the proper amount of sleep, brain function and muscle function may suffer. Healthy people often go to bed earlier. This allows the brain to relax and begin processing effectively. If you push your brain to the point of exhaustion, it won’t be able to maintain effective functioning. Setting your bedtime for a half an hour earlier can improve your energy and cognitive function.
Reduce Screen Time
One of the lesser known habits of healthy people is to reduce screen time or “unplug” every now and then. There are a lot of great things on the internet or through mobile devices that can assist in everyday life and provide entertainment. The problem is, it is not healthy for your brain or your eyes to spend excessive amounts of time on digital devices. Spending some extra time outside, reading a book, or even playing a board game with your family can greatly elevate mood and improve your health.
Spend Time With Nature
Humans are wired to connect with nature. In fact, we all crave it. Studies have shown that incorporating natural elements into your home and work areas can elevate mood and productivity by up to 13%. In addition, research shows that being surrounded by nature can actually reduce pain in hospitalized patients. Spending time with nature allows your mind to relax.
Finally, taking some time to feel yourself is an important part of self care. Meditation is a time of quiet reflection without external distractions. It can help improve breathing and oxygen flow in the body, relax the mind, and balance the spirit. In general, meditation relieves stress which can reduce symptoms of many chronic conditions and lead to an overall healthier lifestyle.
There are a few different ways to meditate and ultimately, it is what works for you. You can meditate quietly or use vocalization or other sound to assist your meditation. Sound frequencies can actually impact the physical response in your body. In addition, you can use guided meditation to help find a flow that works for you.
With these nine habits of healthy humans, you are sure to find something that works for you! Remember to consider the impact of diet, activity, and sleep on your daily health. Small changes can make a world of difference!