In today’s society with fast food restaurants on every corner, processed foods lining the shelves of the grocery stores, pollution in the air and stress at work and at home health is hardly anyone’s number one priority. But it should be. Better health should be the most important part of anyone’s lifestyle because without our health, we will get sick, weak and immobile. Unfortunately our fast pace world has lead us down a road of neglect when it comes to our health and such has caused the rise of lifestyle diseases and obesity. Change is hard especially when it comes to our lifestyles, but there are small changes that you can make to lead you down the road to better health. Make these simple, quick changes to achieve a better quality of life.
Diet & Fitness
Eating healthy and exercising are two of the most important aspects of obtaining better health. But changing your eating habits and sticking to a workout routine are very difficult. So instead make small adjustments that you can stick to. Continue with these small changes and they will become part of your daily routine.
For many it’s hard to eat raw vegetables especially 5-7 servings a day. But when we cook them, they lose much of their nutrient value. By juicing vegetables you will get all the nutrients from the vegetables in an easy to consume form. Plus you can take them with you on the go. You will be able to consume your recommended daily servings of vegetables with all their nutrients intact without having to eat the raw counterparts.
Exercise doesn’t have to be time consuming, boring or difficult. For beginners who are unfit, start by doing one exercise for the minimal amount of time. You don’t have to go to the gym. Choose an exercise that you can do in the privacy of your own home. If you have a treadmill or stationary bike you can use them, but if you don’t you can still walk in place without any equipment needed. Do this for 5 minutes a day, for 2 weeks. Then increase the time to 10 minutes, 15 minutes until you reach 30 minutes of exercise a day. This is the minimum amount of exercise any one person should do on a daily basis for better health.
Drink More Water
Most people don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. Our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water and we lose water through perspiration, respiration, and aspiration. It is vital that the body’s water is replaced daily, to function at an optimal level. To remedy this situation drink 1 glass of water every ½ hour to 1 hour. This equals out to 10-12 glasses of water a day. When you take in the appropriate amount of water your body will function better and your health will be restored.
With stress in both work and home lives it’s hard to find time to relax. But if you don’t minimize your stress your mind and body will suffer. Stress can cause both emotional and physical symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, headaches, etc. To manage your stress, start by giving yourself 5 minutes a day of quiet time. It doesn’t matter where you do it or when you do it just take 5 minutes and get in tune with yourself. Then you can find other ways to relax such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or any activity that you like to do and makes you happy.
Social interaction is an important part of our emotional health. What’s even better is taking time to laugh. Laughter releases tension and relaxes the mind and body. Laugh everyday whether it is at a joke, with some friends, or at a picture. By taking time out to laugh you will live a happier, more peaceful life.
It’s not hard to obtain better health. Start with these simple changes, until they become a permanent part of your daily routine. Make these small, easy changes in your daily life and you will achieve better health.