We often obsess over the fact of eating perfectly healthy and going 5 times per week to the gym… but it may be unrealistic for some of us and quite discouraging. Truth is, that is not mandatory to live a healthy lifestyle.
Sometimes we think that if we don’t do everything perfect nothing counts, false.
In today’s blog post we talk about 10 healthy habits we can easily do on a daily basis to promote an overall healthy lifestyle.
- Drink water
- Exercise everyday (walk/ workout)
- Cut unhealthy sugars
- Prep your meals
- Eat slow be mindful of what you eat food
- Plan your tasks
- Spend less time on your phone
- Read everyday for 30 min
- Use less plastic
No matter how many times you hear it, you’ll hear it again. If you think about it we are more than 60% water, we know it’s cliche to say that drinking water is important but it’s still something not everyone does. Research how much water should you drink in a day keeping in mind your physical activity and your environment.
To live a healthy life you don’t need to spend 2 hours at the gym every day, but be aware and move your body. Have a 30 min walk if you are not feeling like working out, walking regularly helps your mood, is very good for your brain and overall health.
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Did you know that very restrictive diets can be damaging if not followed by a professional? Instead of trying crazy crash diets we recommend to try to integrate little healthy habits in your diet too, for example cut out bad sugars. Reduce artificial sugars by 99% and improve your health. Sugars can cause heart disease, depression, constipation, obesity, diabetes, skin aging, anxiety… and the list goes on. Obviously mental health is important to so like we always say, if you are on a birthday, have a piece of cake if you feel like it, but don’t depend on sugar like a natural daily ingredient.
When trying to cut sugar out and eat a bit more healthy the biggest opponent is time. If we want to eat something quick we grab the first thing we see at a supermarket, usually processed foods. Did you know that most processed foods have sugar? Even normal non-sweet meals like rice! And they are packed with unnecessary chemicals and calories. Not to mention the temptation of anything high in sugar when we are hungry, that is why we recommend you to meal prep. If you cooked last night and have your food ready for whenever you are hungry, you won’t feel tempted by other things and you know exactly what goes into your plate.
But that doesn’t end here, the way you eat also affects your health! Did you now that eating fast can cause weight gain? Eating slow promotes better digestion, better hydration, and greater satisfaction with your meals. In fact you will feel more satisfied if eating slowly, reason is that it takes 20 minutes after you’ve eating for your brain’s satiety signals to kick in. If you eat very fast by those twenty minutes you’ll have had eaten much more food that you may need to! If you want to know more about the topic and how to control when and how to eat we recommend you to check this past blog post about the hunger scale.
Stretching is very important whether you work out or not, it improves posture by creating better alignment, reduces stress, reduces the risk of injury, lessens muscular tension, improves circulation, can reduce lower back pain by increasing flexibility in the hamstrings and hip flexors, and if you work out it helps to prepare the body for the stress of a workout, and relieves post workout soreness.
We all know stress is no good, but did you know that planning your tasks can help you have a clear realistic vision of what will you end up doing? That will reduce the pressure on your day, by realistically planning your important tasks you can lower your stress levels, you will be able to know what can and can’t be done, act with a clearer vision and work with determination and purpose.
Did you know that the average american checks his or her phone 47 times a day? We spend about four hours a day staring at our phone screens, that’s roughly a sixth of our total time alive, given these numbers it makes sense for us to try to limit and reduce our phone time. The issue is that we don’t even notice. Next time you go for a walk put your phone in airplane mode and try not to check it for at least an hour after the walk. Look around, interact with people…Constantly checking our phone also causes our ind stress by the thought of “I’m missing out on something”. Try to reduce your phone time for a week and you won’t regret it!
Instead of checking your phone before bed, do you know what can you do? Read! Yes, It’s very cliche but did you know that books and also help reduce stress? They exercise your brain, provides knowledge and information, improve writing skills, improve concentration and focus, puts you in a better mood, enriches language and vocabulary, develop creativity, pose questions to stimulate further reflection, increases your ability to empathise with others, improve memory and are a great topic of conversation!
Last but not least is to refuse the single-use plastic. Is not only important for our health but for our planet’s. Single use plastic is made from fossil fuels, has a huge carbon footprint, will still be there in hundreds of years, only a tiny percentage is recycled, leaches toxins into our food and drinks, causes hormone disruption and cancers, pollutes our oceans, kills marine animals and birds and finally enters our food chain.
We gave you 10 top health habits to do on a daily basis, which of them you already do and which of them you want to start doing? Let us know in the comments!