It’s easy to forget about everyday healthcare and maintaining our well-being in our fast-paced, stressful lives. Nowadays people tend to prioritize their success, either professional or academic, over their own health and well-being. However, some life hacks can significantly improve your health, and most of them do not require any special effort! Most of the time, it’s just about developing a few key healthy habits, and sticking to them. For your convenience, here is a list of 10 health and wellness tips that are very easy to integrate into your everyday life:
1. Stay hydrated
One of the main pillars of everyday healthcare consists in drinking a lot of fluids and staying hydrated. Understandably, sometimes it is hard to force yourself to drink large amounts of still water every day. In that case, explore the benefits of drinking sparkling water, which is just as healthy as still water and packed with other surprising health advantages!
2. Establish a sleeping routine
According to the National Sleep Foundation, you should be getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every day. If you are having trouble falling asleep, it is particularly helpful to establish a set sleeping schedule — go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on the weekends. This will allow your body to get used to a certain routine which, in turn, will allow you to go to bed and wake up easier.
3. Include more fruits and vegetables into your diet
In the fast-paced environment of our everyday lives it’s easy to disregard our nutrition. However, it’s one of the most important components to our health. Including more fresh fruits and vegetables will not only improve your overall wellbeing and increase your energy levels, but it will also contribute to your cardiovascular health, lower certain cancers risk, improve your gut health and even more!
4. Avoid sitting all day
A sedentary lifestyle, which means a lifestyle that mostly involves sitting or laying down, is one of the main contributors to most diseases that affect our lives. Something as easy as getting up and taking a small walk after sitting down for a few hours can dramatically increase your well-being!
5. Breathe some fresh air
Unless you have an outdoorsy job that involves being outside a lot, you probably spend a lot of your time inside and don’t get nearly enough oxygen that is necessary for your body to function the most efficiently. Getting more fresh air throughout the day, as well as taking deep, mindful breaths have a positive impact not only on your respiratory system, but also on your digestive system, heart rate, immune system and overall health!
6. Start your day with a workout
If your daily routine includes working out, it is worth considering placing exercise at the top of you to-do list for the day. It is proven that morning workouts increase your metabolism, improves your physical and cognitive performance even after the exercise throughout the day, and will allow you to sleep better compared to exercising in the later half of the day.
7. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning
Nutrition experts conclude that starting your day with a healthy breakfast impacts various aspects of your day. Not only does it allow you to have more energy for your day right from the start, but also it improves your ability to focus and be productive, reduces your risk of overeating later in the day, as well as giving your metabolism an early boost and helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels throughout the day.
8. Consume more leafy greens on a daily basis
Leafy greens are one of the main pillars of a healthy diet, and should be a constant part of your everyday food intake. Including more leafy greens such as spinach, kale, microgreens have various benefits to your health: reducing risk of heart-related and digestive disease, lowering the risk of obesity and excess weight, regulating blood pressure and even preventing certain cancers! Leafy greens are an excellent source of nutrients and vitamins such as fiber, potassium, vitamin A and C.
9. Consider quitting drinking soda
Another easy favor you could do to your body consists in reducing or completely eliminating your sugary soda intake. A high soda intake is strongly associated with weight gain, metabolism complications, various diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, risk of negatively impacting your dental health and more. Switching to regular carbonated water or fresh fruit and vegetable juices will help you maintain a healthy weight and your overall well-being!
10. Spend more time laughing!
“Laughter is the best medicine” is no longer just a saying, but a scientifically proven fact. Researchers say that laughing on a daily basis is packed with amazing health benefits — it lowers your blood pressure and your stress hormone cortisol levels (cortisol), facilitates the release of the hormone of happiness (endorphins) and increases your well-being overall!
Integrating these easy health and wellness tips into your daily life will dramatically improve your well-being and your everyday health without any major sacrifices and barely any effort! Stay healthy 🙂