Being healthy, reaching your goals and staying on track with your health routine doesn’t have to be complicated.
In fact, in many cases, we end up making it far more complicated than necessary and forget about a few basic things we can do to enhance our health and wellbeing.
Start with these 3 simple habits to improve your lifestyle and stay healthy and happy:
1. Move More
While doing daily exercise is important and a critical part of overall health, many of us complete our exercise and then forget about movement for the rest of the day, instead spending the time sitting at a desk, working on a computer or watching TV. In reality however, exercise during the day is only a small part of the importance of movement. Sitting regularly causes back and neck problems, as well as issues with the hip flexors due to them being permanently in flexion. Increased sitting makes us more fatigued, and is often at the root of our resistance to exercise later in the day, causing us to reach for unhealthy food selections that are quick and easy. Committing to simply getting up and walking every hour, or going up and down a flight of stairs may be all that you need to keep you healthy and maintain a lifestyle that promotes your health goals.
2. Increase Water Intake
When was the last time you drank water, or more than that, when was the last time you drank enough water? Many of us are walking around dehydrated or without adequate fluid intake, and this has negative effects on several parts of our health, including our focus and concentration, digestion, elimination, and nutrient extraction. Lack of water will also make you likely feel sluggish and tired, depleting your energy and making you want to be lazy instead of active. If you have a hard time remembering to drink, simply set a timer for every hour and drink on the timer.
3. Set up Your Sleep
While sleep may seem simple in that you just go to bed every night, getting a quality sleep is far more complicated and requires a bit more thought and effort. One of the best ways to do this is to establish a sleep schedule that you can adopt and maintain every night. This starts in the hour or two before bed: turn off your phone and screens, have a relaxing tea and then ease yourself into bed with time to wind down and let your body come into sleep mode. Establishing a routine and doing the same thing every night is one of the best ways to ensure you are able to get to sleep as well as stay asleep and have a quality rest every evening.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, have more energy, eat better, or to improve your sleep, much of it starts with some simple changes that you can maintain and adopt easily and consistently.
By: Laura Peill, RHN, BScH