Staying healthy is an important part of living a long and happy life. Although it can seem like staying healthy can be more difficult than ever, it is still a goal that is very much in reach.
It is important to remember that living healthy is a lifelong journey, so you should view it as a marathon rather than a sprint. Let’s talk about ten healthy behaviors that you can incorporate into your life now!
Things to Keep in Mind
Each of these healthy behaviors by themselves may not make a drastic change, but when combined, they will be able to guide you onto a much more healthy life. Here are some tips to get the most out of these healthy behaviors.
It might be tempting to jump in headfirst by trying to make tons of lifestyle changes at once, but that can increase the risk of you going back to your unhealthy habits. Instead of tackling the tough changes or multiple changes at once, start with small, gradual changes that will improve your overall health.
Track Your Progress
Tracking your progress is a great way to keep yourself accountable and motivated but make sure you track your progress constructively. Try not to focus purely on your daily weight since factors such as water weight can cause you to fluctuate between two to five pounds daily, leading you to feel discouraged if you suddenly gain weight overnight.
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Instead of tracking your daily weight, try limiting yourself to a weigh-in every two weeks or even monthly. This will give you a better idea of how well your healthy habit changes are going than a daily number that fluctuates and discourages you.
Surround Yourself With a Solid Support System
Talk to your close friends and family about your desire to change to a healthier lifestyle. They will be your support system, and some may even join you on your health improvement journey. Having a strong support system that encourages you to be healthier will keep you accountable, offer support, and motivate you to reach your goals.
Consistency is Key
Humans are creatures of habit, so if you turn your healthy behaviors into a part of your daily routine, it will be much easier to stick to them. If you miss out on one of your healthy behaviors, just continue it the next day. Don’t sweat too much about a missed day here and there since as long as you get right back to your routine, it will not harm your progress.
Ten Healthy Behaviors You Can Start Today
Here are ten of the best healthy behaviors that you can start doing right away.
1. Stay Hydrated
Our bodies are made up of mostly water, and we use water for just about every bodily function. Everything from transporting nutrients through our body, eliminating waste, digestion, and more needs our bodies to be hydrated to function properly.
Dehydration occurs when your body uses up more water than you are taking in, causing you to feel thirsty, tired, and dizzy during mild cases. These can quickly turn into much more severe symptoms such as seizures or heatstroke. Dehydration is a bigger risk during physical exertion, in hot and humid environments, and if you have a health condition that increases your water needs, such as diabetes.
We should aim to drink at least 64 oz of water a day and up to 128 oz of water a day for those that are extremely active, working in hot and humid environments, or are experiencing illness. Do not rely on thirst to remind you to drink water since that is a sign that you are already dehydrated. Make sure to sip on water throughout the day to keep your body from dealing with dehydration and to keep feeling your best.
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The reason why IV hydration therapy is more effective than drinking water is that the fluid and electrolytes are delivered directly into your bloodstream, where they can be absorbed by your body immediately. This is much faster and more effective than water which takes time to digest and lacks the nutrients that IV fluids can deliver.
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2. Peptide Therapy
Peptide therapy involves the use of chained amino acids to stimulate the body’s natural healing and recovery ability. This allows the body to recover from injuries much faster as well as accelerate muscle recovery after strenuous exercise.
Peptides such as sermorelin can have an anti-aging effect on the skin, significantly increasing the thickness of the skin in both men and women in as quickly as four months. Sermorelin does this by stimulating the production and release of human growth hormone, which can also help increase bone density.
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3. Exercise Regularly
Sticking to a regular exercise routine is an essential healthy behavior that will improve your quality of life through the years. Not only does exercise improve your physical health, but it also has a significant effect on your mood, making it an important part of taking care of your mental health as well.
Regular exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of suffering from chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which can significantly impact your health as you get older. It can also raise your metabolic rate, which means that your body will burn calories and fat more efficiently.
Studies have shown that exercise can ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety. This might be due to the fact that when we participate in strenuous activities, our bodies produce a chemical called endorphins that act as a natural painkiller and promotes a positive mood.
4. Have Good Sleep Hygiene
We spend about a third of our entire lifetimes sleeping or trying to sleep. Since we spend so much of our time sleeping, it is important to maintain good sleep hygiene. One of the best ways to improve your sleep hygiene is to set and stick to a nightly routine that gets you prepared for bed.
This also involves aiming to go to bed and wake up at around the same time every day. This will help to regulate your body’s circadian rhythm and train your body to wind down for bed every night. It also helps to have something calming to do before bed, such as reading or having a cup of caffeine-free tea.
Make sure that your bedroom is comfortable and that it encourages a good night’s sleep. Try to keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool to promote good quality sleep. Avoid spending time looking at your phone or watching TV since the light that these devices emit can keep you awake.
You will also want to avoid stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine about four hours before bed since these can make it difficult to fall asleep. Also, avoid any kind of strenuous activity, such as exercise before bed. If you want to get some physical activity before bed, consider stretching or yoga.
Meditation is a form of mental relaxation that allows you to reduce stress and refresh your mind. This allows you to refocus on what’s important and allows you to improve your physical, emotional, and mental health.
Regular meditation is a great healthy habit because it can reduce stress and help you relax in just about any situation. Many find that meditation can help them manage their pain and even reduce their inflammation.
6. Try to Learn Something New Everyday
Studies have shown that people that continue to engage their brains to learn new things enjoy greater overall well-being well into adulthood. This may be due to the cognitive benefits of keeping your mind engaged but also due to the sense of well-deserved achievement that comes along with learning how to do something challenging or difficult.
Aiming to learn something new every day also gives you a sense of purpose and something to focus your mental energy on. Don’t feel that you have to master something on the first day. Instead, try to make a little progress each day on something you want to learn.
7. Express Gratitude
Expressing gratitude has been found to increase feelings of happiness and encourage a positive mindset. People have a tendency to think about the things that they lack rather than the things that they can be grateful for. Taking the time to express gratitude for all the positive things in your life can do wonders for your mental health since it can be a healthy reminder of the good things in your life.
Expressing gratitude does not have to be complicated. Try to take the time before bed to note all the positive and good things that happened that day. These positive events do not have to be major and can be as simple as a delicious meal.
8. Have a Way to Deal With Stress
It is important to have a healthy outlet for your stress since it can become a heavy burden on your mind and your spirits when left unchecked. While stress is not always a bad thing, such as the stress you feel before a test that pushes you to perform better, constantly experiencing stress can quickly damage your mental and even your physical health. This is why it is incredibly important to have an effective way to manage your stress.
There are many methods that people can use to mitigate their stress but exercise, relaxation techniques, and meditation are some of the most popular options used. Although there are many ways to relieve stress, the most important thing is that you use a method that works for you.
9. Cook at Home
Cooking at home will not only save you tons of money, but it will also allow you to make much healthier choices about food. When we go out to eat, the portions we get are often massive, with tons of sauces that are loaded with sugar and sodium. Cooking at home will give you control over what you eat, and you can load your meals up with lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex, slow-burning carbohydrates.
10. Give Yourself a Digital Detox Every Now and Then
We live in amazing times where technology allows us to be connected to the entire world almost 24 hours a day. While staying connected can provide a ton of work and social benefits, it can be the cause of anxiety, stress, and burnout.
That is why giving yourself a bit of time to disconnect can help you become more mindful and may make you enjoy the present a little bit more. Start small by switching off your phone when you are eating or spending time with your family and friends.
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Making a change to live a healthier lifestyle does not have to be difficult. Slowly adopt these ten healthy behaviors to set yourself up for a happy and healthy life well into the future.