Harness A Healthy Lifestyle: 40 Must-Read Health Tips
Small changes add up. Take a step in the right direction with these easy-to-follow tips designed to turn your body into a fortress!
Taking the first step toward a healthier lifestyle can be overwhelming, but eating healthy doesn’t have to mean drinking your weight in protein powder or downing a dozen egg whites for breakfast. If you’re looking to reclaim your health—or simply boost your activity levels—realize that simple changes are enough to spell success. Making smart swaps in the kitchen and lacing up your walking shoes more frequently can be a great start. Use these 40 tips as a roadmap for change on the path toward a healthier you.
AVOID REFINED, FLOUR-BASED FOODS
Cutting out refined, flour-based products can redefine your diet. These foods are so processed that they’re usually devoid of any real nutritional content. Nixing them will not only help you maintain a more stable blood glucose and a healthier body weight, but you’ll have more room for nutrient-dense foods packed with vitamins and minerals. Trade in the sugar rush (and resulting crash) you get from that glazed jelly donut for more nutritious options like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
TAKE FISH OIL
Fish oil may help combat depression, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. It may also help lower your risk of cancer and improve body composition. Given all those potential pluses, fish oil is one supplement no one should skip. Aim for 3-6 grams per day depending on how frequently you consume fatty varieties of fish.
DRINK GREEN TEA
Filled with powerful antioxidants, green tea may help ward off certain diseases and keep you feeling your best. Green tea is rich in catechins (antioxidants which fight and may help prevent cell damage). Green tea has also been shown to help prevent heart-related issues such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Green tea can also boost metabolism, sending your calorie burning soaring. Take plain water to the next level by quenching your thirst with 2-3 cups of green tea daily.
BASK IN THE SUN
Let a little sun shine down. Natural sunlight is a great way to boost your body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps ensure that bones are formed properly and can also help ward off depression. Try to soak up 15-20 minutes of sunlight daily.
DON’T FILL YOURSELF TO THE BRIM
We live in a world where many of us constantly eat—even when we’re not hungry. Fight the need to feed. By eating slightly under maintenance at all times, you help to stop fat gains from creeping on. That way, if you happen to have a day where you overeat, the lower calorie days you’ve had will help compensate for it.
DO HIIT CARDIO
High-intensity exercise not only provides great physical boosting benefits, but also helps combat stress by releasing feel-good endorphins in the body. At least 20-30 minutes of high-intensity exercise three times per week should produce optimal results.
SLEEP 8 HOURS EACH NIGHT
Sleep is critical to feeling your best, maintaining good health, promoting a healthy body weight, and reducing the signs of aging. Yet, most people short-change their shuteye. Commit to getting 8 hours of sleep each night and, if you have the time, catch some extra Z’s on the weekend. You’ll be amazed what this little change will do to how you feel on a day-to-day basis.