You might not have time to do everything that needs doing, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your health. On the contrary, adopting good daily habits can boost your physical, emotional, and mental health.
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If your goal is to feel good and healthy, it’s time to get moving. PureHealth Research has some healthy habits to add to your routine.
Keep Snacks at Your Desk
Snacks have a bad reputation, but they can be a great way to keep yourself energized at work. Eat something that contains protein, fiber, and carbohydrates – nuts and fruit are always welcome. If you don’t have time to eat between meals, try nibbling on a few small bites of your desk snack. Not only will this keep you from hunger during the day, but it also can help curb cravings later in the day when hunger strikes again.
Perform Exercises You Enjoy
Exercise is a good idea for everyone, but it’s particularly important for those who may be less active or have health issues. Here are some ways to incorporate exercise into your routine:
- Walk around your home a few times a day.
- Do push-ups and sit-ups at home or in the office.
- Take stairs instead of an elevator when traveling between floors at work or home.
Get Adequate Sleep Every Night
Sleep is important. If you don’t get enough rest, it can affect how your body works and the way you feel. Getting enough sleep will help your body recover from the day’s physical activities. It will also support the immune system and brain function. Therefore, a good night’s rest is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults get 7 to 9 hours of nightly sleep for optimal health. Teenagers require 8 to 10 hours, while younger children need even more. To ensure you get enough sleep, establish a good routine and stick to it.
Choose Skim Milk
Milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, and it’s also packed with protein. That makes it a healthy option for breakfast or any other meal. In addition, skim milk has less fat than whole milk and contains fewer calories, so it’s an ideal choice if you’re trying to lose weight or simply want to cut back on your daily caloric intake.
Enjoy Your Meals
Eating slowly helps you feel full, enjoy your food, and avoid overeating. Eating too fast can cause you to eat more than what’s necessary. When you chew and taste the food properly, your brain regulates hunger and appetite hormones. The other benefit of eating slowly is it allows time for digestion so that your body can absorb nutrients from most of your meal.
Brush and Floss Every Day
Brushing and flossing are the best things you can do to boost your oral health. Brush your teeth after every meal and use a soft-bristled brush. Firm or hard bristles will destroy your tooth enamel, an irreplaceable protective layer. It’s all about being gentle on your teeth and gums. To floss, gently run the thread under your gum line and between your teeth to remove plaque.
Take Your Dog for a Walk
Taking your dog for an evening walk is a great way (for you and your pet) to get some exercise and stay healthy. Dogs do so much better when they feel energized, and walking them is one of the best ways to give them that boost. Walking also improves your mental health by providing something fun to look forward to each day.
Get Your Groove On
Sex is great, especially when it’s with a partner you care for deeply. When you have sex with someone who makes you feel loved, you strengthen your relationship and live happier days. Also, remember that it’s not just about you. Spice things up by learning how to make your partner feel good, physically and emotionally.
There are many other things you can do to improve your health, such as eating right, getting regular body scans, and avoiding unnecessary painkillers. But for now, start by adding the above healthy habits to your routine and see how they make you feel. You’ll be glad you did!