Posted: 26 January 2018
We know the standard daily health habits: eat your fruits and vegetables, brush your teeth, relax each day. But there are more daily techniques that you could be doing to ensure optimal health.
Keep reading to learn about ten overlooked daily health habits that will lead you to your best self.
Drinking enough water each day is one of the best and simplest things you can do for your health.
Water is important to maintain energy levels and healthy weight, flush out toxins, keep us regular, fight off infection and disease, and keep our brains functioning.
It’s also nature’s remedy for healthy and youthful looking skin.
To get the optimal benefits from water, drink at least 60% of your body weight in ounces each day. Healthy people will carry a bottle of water everywhere they go.
Spending 10 minutes a day in the sun has tons of health benefits. Vitamin D from sun exposure is associated with better mental health, better heart health, increased immunity, improved sleep, and lowered blood pressure.
The healthiest of people spend short amounts of time outside. Try adding outdoor lunches, going for a daily walk, walking to work, or exercising outside to improve your daily health habits.
Of course, be careful not to overdo it. Too much sun is harmful to the skin.
3. Take Your Vitamins
Yes, there was a reason why your parents forced you to take those vitamins every day. They really are important and have substantial health benefits.
We typically get enough macro-vitamins (sugar, fat, and protein) from our food, even if we don’t eat the healthiest. However, it is harder to get the daily recommended amount of micro-vitamins and minerals.
Taking a daily vitamin supplement can help prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. It also improves our immune system decreasing the likelihood of getting sick.
Vitamins are also beneficial to the health of skin, eyes, hair, nails, and cell growth. There are also vitamins for vein health support.
Taking a multi-vitamin every day is one of the easiest daily health habits. Make it part of your morning or bedtime routine.
4. Personal Development
Spending 10 minutes a day reflecting on yourself will increase your concentration and productivity, lower stress and anxiety, and help you stay positive and happy.
Make a short daily meditation part of your routine. Another option is to listen or to read self-development books for ten minutes each day.
5. Choose to Walk
Add more walking to your daily health habits and the benefits will quickly show.
First, walking is a great form of exercise. Walking on a daily basis will prevent injuries, build immunity, prevent chronic diseases, increase regularity, help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, expose you to vitamin D, and relieve stress.
Walking is also a great form of “me time”. It can be a time to think and reflect, listen to a book or music, and increase creativity.
Basically, walking can provide an escape from the world if you let it. And it can bring out a happier you.
Laughing on a daily basis can improve immunity, boost mental health, help you sleep better, and prevent noncommunicable disorders such as hypertension and heart disease.
Laughing and smiling have also been shown to lead to more positivity. Laugh more and you’ll be happier, more positive, and others will enjoy spending time with you.
7. Snack Healthily
The healthiest of people snack (on healthy foods). That means, they eat multiple times a day and eat between standard meals.
Our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, which meant they spent the majority of their day finding food. They also “grazed” throughout this habit in which they would eat as they searched to make sure they kept good energy levels.
Thus, humans are evolved to eat small amounts of food multiple times a day. As long as snacks are healthy, like fruits and vegetables, your body will also be healthy.
Snacking between meals keeps our energy levels up and prevents us from overeating at main meals.
8. Early to Bed, Early to Rise
Give yourself a bedtime and stick with it. Your biological clock will thank you.
Getting enough sleep is extremely important to health. It increases immunity, helps heal and fight illness quicker, leads to reduced stress, increases productivity and creativity, and boosts our mood and mental health.
Trust me– its a lot easier to feel grumpy when you’re tired.
Getting enough sleep also reduces stress because stress and fatigue are syndemic–meaning they make the other worse. When you are rested, both your physical and mental health have had time to rejuvenate. You are also more productive throughout the day which will decrease stress.
Now for bedtimes and early rising. It is true that people are more productive when they get up early than when they stay up late. It is easier to stay up and watch TV at night than it is to do so in the morning.
9. Positive Social Support
Those who surround themselves with successful and positive people are not only more successful, goal oriented, and positive themselves, but also healthier.
For example, studies show that people who have strong social support and more hugs are less stressed and have fewer colds per year.
You should consider who you share your quality time with just as you would consider what food to put in your body.
Negative people will cause you to also feel negative and unhappy, which will lead to poor mental and physical health (mental and physical health are extremely connected and influence each other).
Having positive people in your life will lower your stress and allow you to enjoy life more.
10. Don’t Restrict Yourself
Giving into cravings and having a good relationship with food will lead to healthier dietary behaviors and a healthier you.
Restricting yourself with dieting or “food rules” will only leave you miserable. What generally happens when you tell yourself no to foods? You end up overindulging.
Discover ways to fit in food cravings in moderation. Also, find healthy foods that you love. Having a relationship with food that’s enjoyable will make your happier and lead to daily healthy food habits.
Now, let’s talk about restricting when it comes to the amount of food. Not eating enough food throughout the day is really harmful to your health.
Having enough food for energy and nutrition allows our bodies to work. It enables our immune system to protect against harmful disease and infection. It keeps our brain and other organs functioning properly, too.
When you don’t have enough energy (aka food), your mind and health will suffer. You will also likely gain weight or maintain the weight that you have as your body tries to hold on to and use the energy it does have.
Which Daily Health Habits Will You Start?
Which healthy habits will you choose to put into your daily routine?
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