Saturday, November 18, 2017

Quick Ways to Get Healthier Right Now

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by Michelle Sutton-Kerchner

Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need a huge time investment. Do a few– or all—of these to make today healthier.

Eat Breakfast

Breakfast bowl, picKnown to jump start your metabolism and get you to lunch without a morning doughnut binge, breakfast is a must. Regardless of its benefits to weight-loss efforts, breakfast offers a host of perks, including improved concentration. Whole grain cereal, fruit-topped oatmeal, or cheese and yogurt are nutrient-packed, filling options. If you have to grab a protein bar on your way out the door, it is still better than nothing.

Drink More Water

Worry less about the latest recommended daily water requirements. Drink to your thirst and beyond. Have water with you all day—and drink it. Add lemons, limes, or cucumbers for flavor. Whatever it takes to down some serious hydration power.

Make a Doctor Appointment

Man, dialing cell phone, picAt any given time, we are negligent of our own health. Whether you are due for an annual physical, eye exam, or preventative screening, make the appointment today. Pick one and follow through. There will never be a time when you push the laptop aside and declare, “It’s time for my dermatologist check-up!” Just do it.

Honor Your Workout

Group Fitness fun, picRespect this commitment to your physical and mental being. Constantly work to evolve your fitness routine. Consider trying a new class or different exercise equipment today—regardless of where you are in your program. Give yourself artistic license to make every workout your own. Keep it fresh and flexible, starting now. Overall structure is helpful. However, when it comes to consistency fitness fun rules.

Enjoy Some Fresh Air

It is hard not to greet spring’s warm sunshine with a smile, especially because fresh air is full of feel-good negative ions. This woman fly fishing, picpossibly helps boost oxygen flow to the brain. Combine a trip outdoors with some physical activity and let happiness begin!

Take a Power Nap

Sleep is an essential element to our health. It boosts the immune system; gives tired muscles a chance to repair, including from all that strength training; helps regulate appetite (hello, dieters!) and mood; and gives our brain a rest (may all your dreams be pleasant). Try to get your nightly sleep requirement, usually between 7 and 9 hours. Learn what feels best for you and commit to a conducive bedtime. Regardless, a quick 20 minutes of downtime for sleep or meditation later in the day rejuvenates better than a caffeinated cup.

dark chocolate, picAnd, go ahead, indulge in a piece of dark chocolate. You know, for heart health.

 

 

 

Image Credits

Happy hydrating couple (introductory photo): pixabay.com/en/drinking-water-filter-singapore-1235578/

Breakfast: pixabay.com/en/cereal-breakfast-meal-food-bowl-898073/

Phone call: pixabay.com/en/mobile-phone-business-phone-998871/

Fly fishing: pixabay.com/en/oregon-river-stream-water-man-82818/

Dark chocolate: pixabay.com/en/chocolate-dark-coffee-confiserie-183543/

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