“You can have all the riches and success in the world, but if you don’t have your health, you have nothing”– Steven Adler
People are always looking for ways to get healthy, whether physically or mentally. The diet and mental health industry are billion dollar cash cows because people want to buy into the next health craze. But the best way to get (and remain) healthy is to incorporate small changes. Change your daily habits one at a time and you’ll find yourself healthier and happier within a matter of months. You’re more likely to stick with a regimen if it’s introduced slowly and on a consistent, daily basis.
Here are the 5 best daily habits you can incorporate into your day to boost your mental and physical health.
1.) Get Moving
If you have a desk job, or you’re just a couch potato, try to get up and move around some more. If you incorporate as little as 30 minutes of mild exercise into your day, it’ll be a huge boost to your health. You’ll want to raise your heart rate, at least a little bit, to get the most benefit. An accelerated heart rate is what releases endorphins (to make you happy) and gets your body set to calorie burning mode (to make you fit.)
Although it sounds unusual, meditating has been receiving rave reviews for thousands of years and for good reason. It has been proven to help calm anxiety, re-wire your brain for better concentration and preserve the brain! It only takes a few minutes a day to start and there are a number of free meditation apps, guides and how-to’s available online.
3.) Get to sleep earlier
As everyone has heard for most of their lives, people never get enough sleep. Humans are just chronically sleep deprived and that takes its toll on the body. Getting to sleep earlier will help you not only feel younger, but it can help increase your immune system, combat depression and reduce your stroke risk.
4.) Eat the rainbow
Fruits and vegetables are lacking big-time in today’s diet. The average adult should be eating 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables daily . Fruits and veggies are transporters of vital nutrients and vitamins, so they shouldn’t be ignored. Try to add a serving of colorful produce to each meal to reap the benefits these powerhouses can provide.
5.) Drink more
You can improve your health simply by replacing your next drink with a tall glass of water. You’ll cut calories, reduce your sugar intake and help hydrate your body as naturally as possible. Current guidelines suggest drinking half of your weight in ounces of water daily.
Keeping on top of your physical and mental health should be a priority for everyone. Follow these steps at a time and you’ll be feeling like a whole new you in no time!