Everyone strives to be healthy, but actually changing habits and routines to achieve this goal is easier said than done. Having a healthy lifestyle looks different for everyone, and depending on your interests and strengths, it can take time. If you’re training for a marathon, you have to start slow to build your endurance. So here are some simple ways to make slightly healthier choices that support your lifestyle.
Drink more water
You’ve heard this since you were little, but it’s so true. Drinking enough water is crucial for a healthy lifestyle as it aids so much of the body. Not only will you stay hydrated and have glowing skin, but water flushes out bad bacteria, aids digestion, and protects organs. You can even add lemon to your water for extra nutrients (and it makes you feel fancy)!
Get enough sleep
Did you know that one in three adults don’t get enough sleep each night? Sleep is key for productivity and brain function. Adults ages 18-65 should be getting at least seven hours of sleep a night. Seems impossible, but maybe start by keeping your phone away from your bed when it’s time to sleep.
Move your body
Not everyone is fit to run 5 miles, take a HIIT class, then get on the stair stepper machine, but finding time to get moving is essential to for your body and your mental health. It’s recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week, which is only about 20 minutes per day! That’s as simple as taking your dog for a quick walk or doing a beginner’s yoga tutorial on YouTube.
Add more fruits and veggies to your diet
Here at ThirdLeaf NW, we know the value of fruits and vegetables. Physically, fruits are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, but mentally, fruits can represent memories of hot summer days or a sweet treat alongside a meal. You can easily sneak fruits or vegetables into your diet by topping off yogurt or oatmeal with some strawberries and blueberries or hiding spinach in a smoothie.