Not everything requires a complicated plan or spreadsheet to begin. You can start living better and building a healthier you right now.
If it sounds easy, that’s because it is! Here are 7 healthy habits you can start today:
1. Drinking More Water
Thirsty? One of the best (and easiest) changes you can make to improve your health is to drink more water. Other drinks may hydrate you to an extent, but while consuming only soda or tea the entire day may be more appealing, it won’t benefit your health nearly as much as drinking water (if at all). Up your H2O intake and you may experience weight loss, less brain fog and more energy.
Can you do the splits? No? Don’t worry, you don’t have to. However, you should consider including basic stretching into your daily habits. It only takes minutes and the potential benefits are great. It can help prevent injury if you’re lifting weights or participating in sports, and you can do it anywhere. Stretching increases blood flow, boosts oxygen levels and helps deliver nutrients to your muscles.
3. Reading Food Labels
Many of us choose our food purchases based on time and what appears appetizing at that moment. But you may want to take a few extra moments to look on the back of that cereal box. Do you really need 69 grams of sugar? Odds are there may be a healthier alternative right next to your first choice. Reading product labels carefully may be the difference between something that tastes good and something that does the body good.
Walk, don’t run! … Or do both, if you’d like. Walking may be more beneficial to your health than you realize. According to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, walking may lower your potential for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure just as much as running. Plus, walking beneath a little sunshine can increase your Vitamin D intake.
5. Wearing Sunscreen
If do you plan on taking that stroll in the sun, don’t forget to prepare your skin with a healthy dose of sunscreen. Too much sun exposure can lead to sunburns, premature aging and certain types of cancer. Swimming, playing outdoor sports and enjoying the sun are all healthy activities that should be encouraged, but don’t forget to protect yourself whenever possible with an effective sunscreen. This is where reading labels comes in handy!
6. Eating More Protein
The human body requires a healthy intake of protein to maintain a suitable level of amino acids, and if you’re working out, it’s suggested you supply your body with protein within an hour of your session. Protein supplements and powders are useful for receiving necessary protein, without the less healthy components of certain meat products. LIMU LEAN Dutch Chocolate and Creamy Vanilla Meal Replacement Shakes and LIMU LEAN BURN contain all the healthy protein your body needs, without the high sugar and fat content of other protein-rich foods.
7. Sleeping Enough
The average American sleeps less than 7 hours a night, while the recommended amount of sleep is about 7-9 hours. Poor sleeping habits can lead to a variety of health issues, not to mention mood swings, lack of concentration and poor energy levels throughout the day. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.
For more helpful health tips check out: 7 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Protein