Staying healthy should be one of our top priorities in life but between work, family and relationships it often falls to the bottom of the list. Here’s 3 of the top health tips that are not only easy to follow but good for you, too.
Try these out and you might be surprised at how much better you feel.
Don’t forget about breakfast. I know so many people that say “ugh, no way can I face food in the morning”. Breakfast doesn’t have to be a monster full course meal. In fact a light breakfast is better than a big one. Try a bowl or oatmeal or some fruit in the morning. You’ll get some needed energy and you’ll be less likely to eat a huge high calorie lunch.
Go to the dentist. There is no reason why your teeth should not last for your entire lifetime. Most problems with your teeth don’t become painful until they get to an advanced stage and often, by that time, the problem becomes irreversible. Going to the dentist on a semi-annual basis means that if there is a problem, it can be dealt with before it gets out of hand. If you think going to the dentist is uncomfortable, ask someone how comfortable it is to have dentures.
Take care of your bones. Bone mass is built during your growth years and from then on you have to take care of it or you will lose it. Eating foods that are rich in calcium can help you minimize problems with bones and joints. Yogurt, milk and broccoli are all good sources of calcium and, to be sure, it wouldn’t hurt to take a calcium supplement.
Get some sleep. Let’s face it, TV is pretty bad and staying up to watch it is a pretty bad excuse for not getting enough sleep. Everyones need for sleep is different but getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night can make all the difference in keeping you sharp the next day, lowering your stress levels and keeping the strain off your system.
Stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water leads to lack of energy, feelings of listlessness and can often be mistaken for hunger leading to an eating binge. Drinking 8 glasses of non-alcoholic liquid a day really isn’t that much spread out over 3 meals and coffee breaks. While water is obviously the best source of hydration drinking coffee, tea and diet sodas are perfectly acceptable for staying hydrated. Alcoholic beverages don’t work because they have a strong diuretic effect that actually puts you at a deficit.
Get into the sun and then get out of the sun. Depending on where you live getting 15 minutes a day of exposure to the sun is usually enough to stimulate the production of vitamin D in your skin. After that, you should wear sunblock of at least SPF 8 level to protect from overexposure. This is the best way to get the vitamin D you need while protecting your skin from sun damage and skin cancer.
Hit the weights. You might think that since you jog, do aerobics, pilates or spin class that you’ve got the exercise thing covered. Not completely. Lifting weights three times a week will keep your body toned and strong as well as putting healthy strain on your joints and ligaments. You’ll lose weight faster, too, because the muscle mass that you gain will burn calories at a higher rate and will stoke up your metabolism. You don’t have to go heavy to get the benefit, either. Lighter weight with more repetition will do the job.
Look for food with bright colors. And I don’t mean gummy bears. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables also have higher levels of antioxidants and flavonoids. These are powerful compounds that roam your body on a search and destroy mission looking for free radicals. Blueberries, strawberries and red peppers are good examples of high antioxidant foods that also happen to be delicious.
Get your weight under control. Yes, that sounds like a no-brainer and not just for the vanity factor. It has been estimated that every pound of excess fat that you have can cut 5 weeks off of your life. Besides the extra strain on your heart and lungs, being overweight leads to much more serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, gout, osteoporosis and gallstones. Losing weight is also a huge stress reliever because you’re no longer depressed and unhappy about how you look. Unless you’re right at your target weight, the very first thing that anyone can do to look younger and feel younger is to lose weight.
Why we look good and feel good isn’t a mystery and we have some pretty well known ideas on how to get there. These are all things that you can do right now and the sooner the better. Start slow and small and be on your way.