5 Simple Habits to Improve Overall Health

5 Simple Habits to Improve Overall Health

Simple changes daily create long term results

We are busy. We have jobs, school, families, friends, fitness, and more. You may be thinking it is near impossible to live a healthy lifestyle while being incredibly busy. I am here to tell you, that is not true. Sure, it may be difficult, but it is far from impossible. These five simple tips can help improve your overall health greatly if done on a regular basis. Try to make a goal for yourself to do these tasks for 30 days straight, then 60 days, a lifetime? 

Wake up at a consistent time each morning

Waking up early. It. Gets. Easier. Most of us work or are students, or we just simply have things going on in our lives. Waking up at an earlier time allows us to fully wake up and get ready to take on the day. Personally, I think working out in the morning is easier because it’s one less thing you have to take care of during your day. If you consistently wake up at the same time each morning, your body will start to get used to it and it will get easier and easier. I am not saying waking up at 5am would ever be enjoyable, just easier. 

Drink at least 100 oz of water

64 ounces is a rough estimate. Moral of the story, you should be drinking plenty of water. This keeps you hydrated, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, improves skin complexion, relieves fatigue, and so much more! According to research from The Institute of Medicine (IOM), men should drink on average 101 ounces of water while women should drink at least 74 ounces. This is all on a case-by-case basis, though. If you are more active, you will be intaking more water since your body will sweat it out. 

Snack on fruits instead of candy

Eating fruits instead of candy is a simple yet effective trick. If you are like me, you occasionally have a sweet tooth, but it is strong. Instead of reaching for gummy worms, try to eat an apple or clementine. If you are craving something salty, try plantain chips instead of potato chips. Small changes daily will turn into a healthy habit and overall improve your health and well-being. 

Go to sleep at a consistent time each night

This directly correlates to healthy tip number one. Going to sleep at the same time every night sets your body up on a schedule. This, in turn, allows you to wake up at a set time. Getting on a consistent sleep schedule does not only make it easier to fall asleep and wake up, but it allows your body to feel more refreshed and energized. This time to sleep regenerates your body and allows it to function at it is best. Lack of sleep, especially consistently, can be harmful to your overall health. 

Take time to breath

Learn to take time for yourself and prioritize your time. You are first in life. Your health and well being comes before your job, your schooling, anything. Without a healthy mind and body, your other activities will most likely suffer. Take time to do the things you enjoy. Read a book, journal nightly, listen to some music or podcasts. 

Try to continuously incorporate these activities into your schedule, especially if you know they are enjoyable for you or will help you to progress your goals. You deserve to put yourself first. 

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