Tuesday, February 4, 2014

7 Healthy Habits to Feel Better

We often mark our lives by large events like marriage, births and moves. But as every healthy person knows, our lives are the result of the habits or rituals we take everyday. Once we begin to understand that our lives are not just about the big successes or failures but the small actions and steps that get us to our dreams, we can feel grateful for the healthy habits we cultivate in our daily lives.

By adding a few of these habits into your daily routine, you will start to feel better and live a healthier life one step at a time. Before you know it, you'll witness yourself on track to the healthy future you've dreamed.

1. Brush Your Teeth

 

A 2013 health study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that healthy gums are linked to a healthy heart. As people's gum health improved, the buildup of harmful plaque in people's neck arteries slowed. When plaque builds up in the arteries it narrows the blood flow creating a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and death. Brush your teeth and heal your heart.

2. Choose to Walk

 

Although it may seem to be a small part of our life, walking is a great form of exercise that will make your feel healthier and live a better life. Your heart and lungs will thank you in the long run. Develop the habit of walking to run your chores or if you take public transit to work, get off a stop early and walk the rest of the way.

3. Eat an Apple

 

It's always a good idea to eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. Apples have been shown to decrease the risk of both heart disease and cancer thus increasing the length of your life.

4. Just Sit and Breathe

 

Meditation is a ritual many successful people would not want to live without. Not only does meditation reduce stress levels, it also clears your mind and allows you to make decisions and take decisive action for a healthier future.

5. Get Your Sleep

 

Sleep is the body's way of recovering after a long day. Muscles get stronger and recoup during sleep as wells as the brain. You are more likely to have a sharp mind if you had a great night's sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, try to avoid taking drugs to fall asleep. Instead try some relaxation and breathing exercise in bed to settle your body & mind and drift off to sleep.

6. Exercise

 

Not only does exercise make your body look and feel better, exercise reduces your stress levels. A good 20-30 minutes of  exercise per day will make a large impact on your life. Try yoga, Pilates, or ZUMBA to stay motivated. Join a class. Other great ways to work out include weight lifting and cardio machines like the bikes and treadmills.

7. Give a Hug Everyday

 

The best way to feel the benefits of  a hug is to give one. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels and make us feel better. Hugging also relaxes muscles and boosts self-esteem.
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What are some of your healthy habits?

4 comments:

  1. Yes, these things are necessary to be healthy. To be healthy we need to balance our life with different aspect like food, physical, mental, emotional and practices. I have read an in a website self improvement that being healthy is also means having positive thinking in every endeavor in our life even on hard and bad things.

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    1. Carmen, what ways can one do positive thinking when they encounter something bad in their life?

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    2. As a example, let's say applying for a job and you failed. Instead of thinking how stupid you are or incompetent you are try to identify what are the things that you need to improve based on your failure application. Point it out, identify and set it as your goal to improve on that field. Make positive thinking out of that failure for you to learn and improve and make it as a weapon on your next application. This is very effective for me based on experience.

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