It doesn’t matter if you are young or old– incorporating the following “healthy habits” into your life can save you lots of needeless medical expenses in the long run and prolong your life, and offer you a better chance of having a good “quality of life”… these are simple things you can do to make a healthier you!
Have 2 kinds of fruits a day: juice, fruit in your cereal or oatmeal, fresh fruit with a meal, or a fruit salad.
Eat 1 vegetable with lunch and 1 vegetable with dinner.
Take a multi-purpose vitamin daily.
Take a minimum of a 30 minute walk each day.
Don’t smoke or if you do smoke, quit. Your doctor can help you quit if you do.
Lift small weights while watching TV. If you don’t have small dumbells, then use canned fruit or veggies. Then when your done, eat them, lol.
Limit your alcohol consumption to one or two per day. Ideally, don’t drink at all. If you have a drinking problem seek help with your doctor.
Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. If you have trouble sleeping, then exercise more during the day.
Get a flu shot every autumn. This is especially important for people under the age of 3 and over the age of 50.
Practice a relaxtion technique daily such as massage, meditation, biofedback or self-hypnosis. A doctor can offer tips if you don’t know how.
Spend more quality time with friends and family. Try to laugh more by reading a good book or watch a funny movie. A good recommendation for books is any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. They are all feel good books with positive messages.
If someone tells you to “lighten up” then listen to them and do so.
Get a dog or cat. Studies have shown that a pet can offer more “positive” endorphines into your system improving your overall well being.
Get involved in a program that helps others less fortunate than yourself.
Enjoy a healthy sex life. If you don’t have a partner, then pleasure yourself. This, too, releases more “positve” endorphines into your system and it also burns calories! (this tip is for adults.. not meant for anyone under the age of 18)
Become aware of your spiritual side. Attend church or pray daily.
Count your blessings… just being aware of all your life has to offer and it’s blessings is always a good thing.
Indulge yourself… in a hobby or by doing something you have always wanted to do. Take that trip you have always wanted… buy that special item that caught your eye…. do something you enjoy doing for the pleasure of doing it.
Take the time to learn something new everyday. A new word, or learning anything you didn’t know about before. Feed your mind as it, too, can get hungry.
Keep up with your personal hygiene and grooming. Take a daily bath or shower. Keep your nails trimmed. Wash your face and brush your teeth. Launder your dirty clothes. For some of us this is the everyday norm, but for others it’s something they don’t do and it’s something that NEEDS to be done to stay healthy.
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