Being solid is a wide term healthier. It can identify with what you eat, the amount you work out, in case you’re overweight or underweight if your mind is sharp, how much pressure is a major part of your life, and even your degree of satisfaction. These things cooperate to make an individual’s degree of wellbeing.
I don’t want to be “healthy enough. Ways to be Healthier getting” I don’t want to settle for feeling okay or pretty good. I want to be my healthiest. Yes, it is hard to maintain healthy habits over a long period of time. It’s much easier to be unhealthy. That’s why I’m here, in this online space, talking about health. I hope to keep myself on track while motivating others to be their healthiest, too.
So let’s revisit this list together and see what we can do to improve our health in the next year. Some things on the list are rather predictable (see #1-3), some are simple (see #21), and others are more complex (see #14). All of them, if adopted, will make you healthier to some extent. You can be an over-achiever and work on all 35 this year. Or simply pick a few to be your focus. Small changes can yield great results. Some of these have been my habits for years, others I’m still working on. Go through the list and see what you can work on to be healthier. Let’s do this together!
1. get the sleep your body needs.
Most adults need 7-9 hours a night. Sleep is when your body restores itself and heals itself. If you aren’t sleeping enough, your body isn’t getting the chance to perform these vital tasks.
2. work on your posture.
Whether you are sitting or standing, straighten that back. You will feel better about yourself, look better, and your breathing will be better.
3. drink more water.
Water is essential for life. It carries oxygen to your cells, can help flush out toxins, and keep you from getting fatigued. Aim for at least 64 ounces a day.
4. eat less processed foods.
Whenever someone asks me what’s the one thing I can do to eat healthier. This is it. If you eat less (or totally eliminate) processed foods, you will automatically be eating healthier. Do it!
5. smile more.
Do it now. Don’t you feel better already?
6. be more organized.
Being more organized will mean you will likely be more productive and be late less. That will lead to less stress. Stress can destroy your health, so anything that minimizes it is a good thing.
7. lift weights.
Strength training has been shown to extend our life. It is certainly one of the most effective ways to build muscle, which ultimately leads to fat loss as muscle burns more calories than fat.
8. foster your relationships.
According to the (amazing and inspiring) book Healthier at 100, strong relationships (friendships/family connections) correlate with longer lives.
9. eat more fiber.
Eating enough fiber keeps our blood sugar in check and helps control fat absorption. Read more about the importance of fiber here.
10. eat more greens.
Every day, people! I’m talking to myself here, too.
11. eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.
Eating a variety of colors will ensure you are getting a good balance of all the nutrients you need. Make sure each day and each week you are getting fruits and vegetables from all the different colors of the rainbow.
12. eat less sugar.
Sugar is addicting. As addicting as many drugs. I know this is probably the most difficult one on the list for the majority of people. It can also have the greatest health benefits. Almost every major disease can be linked to excess sugar consumption.
13. don’t drink sweetened beverages like soda, juice, or coffee creamer.
Just stop. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel! I know from experience here.
14. make getting to your healthy weight your focus. don’t lose that focus.
Staying at your healthy weight is such an important part of your health. Whether you are overweight or underweight, talk to your doctor to determine your Healthier weight. Come up with a plan to get to your healthy weight.
15. eat at restaurants less frequently.
99% of the time the food is going to be less healthy than what you’d eat at home. Restaurant food often seems to taste better than what we cook at home. Why do you think that is? They use much more fats like butter than you would at home. Fats taste good. I’m not against fats, but your body doesn’t need as much as restaurants use. If you are in the habit of eating out a lot, try cutting back this year.
16. use healthier oils.
My favorites are extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil. Avoid vegetable oils and any hydrogenated oils.
17. make your own salad dressings.
I need to get back into this habit. When I don’t have time, I know I can simply top my salad with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, and some balsamic vinegar. It’s delicious!
18. add a probiotic to your diet.
Your gut health may just hold the key to your overall health. Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.”
19. eat more omega-3 fatty acids.
Here’s a helpful Omega-3 Shopping List.
20. don’t overeat.
Listen to your body and stop eating when you’re full.
21. when you can’t workout, fit in some functional fitness exercises.
22. exercise during tv commercials.
I know we live in a world of DVR where commercials practically don’t exist. Don’t fast forward. Get a few minutes of movement in.
23. vary your exercise routine.
Doing different forms of exercise often is great for your body. Doing the same thing over and over can contribute to you hitting a plateau or can even result in overuse injuries.
24. for better sleep, avoid electronics 30 minutes before bed. use anti-blue light glasses if this is impossible.
25. reduce clutter in your life.
Last year I made a New Year’s resolution to spend 10 minutes each night getting rid of clutter. It’s helped my life tremendously. Less clutter in my house leads to a less cluttered mind.
26. drink alcohol in moderation.
Overindulging in alcohol is hard on your body. When you drink, do so in moderation.
27. avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as much as you can.
Here’s a handy Non-GMO Shopping Guide.
28. switch to natural personal care and home care products.
Here’s the list of my favorite natural care products and this is my favorite natural skincare line.
29. read more books.
A healthy brain is as important as a healthy body.
30. brush your teeth and floss every day.
This simple habit is linked to a longer life!
31. try oil pulling.
This one is on my list to try! (Still. Maybe this will be the year I get into this habit.)
32. drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every day.
It has many health benefits.
33. practice gratitude.
Start a gratitude journal and write down 5 things you are grateful for every day. I have done this off and on for years and it’s great to be able to look back and see what I was grateful for at different times in my life.
34. have more sex.
Yeah, I said it.
35. choose to be happy.
Happy people live longer. Find a way to make happiness happen.
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