Ten basic truths about being healthy. This list is an advanced, up-to-date information in the field of good health ideas, without the ridiculous trends or fads that will be forgotten in a few months. What you’re left with is a list of suggestions that are reasonable, sustainable, and can help you lead a healthier life.
1. Improve Your Mental and Physical Health by Starting Your Day with Gratitude
It’s seems a little crazy that something as simple as gratitude can significantly affect your mental and physical health, but evidence tells us that it can. Being grateful can improve sleep, help build stronger relationships, and increase your ability to deal with stress. Not sure how to begin?
Start each morning by writing down one thing that makes your life better and how it does so. It can be a person, a pet, an unexpected act of kindness, a fond memory, or anything that brings a smile to your face or warms your heart. For some people it might be that the warm sun is shining, and for others it might be that the rain is falling. It’s unique to each person. It doesn’t have to 30 minutes, maybe ten minutes tops. If you’re interested in investing a little more time, try a gratitude journal.
2. Reduce Stress, Increase Health
This one is quite obvious when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. However, it’s easier said than done. You can’t run away from all of the stress in your life. You can’t avoid that difficult project at work or ignore devastating news such as an illness in the family. So, what can you do? One of the most useful tools in dealing with stress is accepting things you cannot change and refocusing your energy on those things you can change. Imagine you’re stuck in traffic. Most people grab the steering wheel tighter, lean forward in the seat, tense their muscles, and get angrier by the minute while they mentally try to make the car in front of them go faster. That’s all wasted energy. Mentally accept that you cannot make the car in front of you go faster.
There are additional ways to help your body and mind handle unavoidable stress, such as physical activity, meditation, talking it out with a good friend, getting enough sleep, and practicing general self-care. If you find yourself overwhelmed by stress, see a therapist. They are trained to help people cope with life’s difficulties so they can become a happier, healthier person.
One natural way to help ease stress is by using CBD products. There is a lot of research being done in this area, and CBD products are now widely used to alleviate stress and anxiety. Learn more about their benefits in this blog on the benefits of CBD. One of the most common questions about CBD is, “Will it get me high?” The answer is no. You can find out more information in the help section of this website.
3. Drink Enough Water for a Healthy Brain and a Healthy Body
Water is essential for many functions in the body: regulating temperature and blood pressure, lubricating joints, assisting digestion, reducing risk of developing diseases, and eliminating toxins from the body. But how much is enough? For men, about 13 cups. For women, about 9 cups. But…it’s a little bit more complicated. It’s important to note that exercising or spending time in the heat will increase your need for water. A little confused? No worries! Drink moderate amounts of water throughout the day and stay on top of it by carrying a reusable water bottle. Thirst is your body’s way of telling you that you’re already dehydrated, so if that happens make sure you get caught up by drinking a couple of cups.
4. Get a Healthier Heart by Getting it Pumping
Heart disease is one of the biggest risks of diseases. Get moving! You don’t have to be skilled at running a marathon to reap the benefits of cardiovascular exercise. You don’t even need to run at all. Walking is one of the best activities to get your heart pumping, your joints moving, your skin glowing, and your life expectancy increasing.
Don’t like to walk? No problem. There are two important points here (1) get your heart rate up and (2) do something you enjoy. Try Zumba. Take a belly dancing class. Dance around the house to your favorite music. Try TikTok dance challenges. Do anything that gets your heart rate up and your body moving. If you end up with some sore muscles, ease them with some CBD cream and gentle stretching. One other benefit getting moving is you may also find yourself losing weight.
5. Incorporate Functional Movement and Animal Flow for a More Well-Rounded Workout Routine
Functional movement is about movements that use several muscle groups at once as opposed to some approaches that isolate each muscle group. Functional movements are useful in everyday activity and can increase strength, improve flexibility, burn fat, and help prevent injury. They include squats, various lunges, and push-ups just to name a few. If you find that list a little plain, you can get into something more interesting such as Animal Flow. Haven’t heard of Animal Flow, yet? It takes functional movement to a whole new level. It can seem a little intimidating with movement names such as crab, beast, and scorpion, but it’s appropriate for men and women of any fitness level. The movements help build strength, mobility, power, and coordination. No equipment needed.
6. Practice Mindful Eating for a Healthy Relationship with Food
Just say no to fad diets. No. No. And no. They don’t work and result in an unhealthy relationship with food. Mindful eating is about listening to your body’s hunger cues. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. That’s listening to your BODY, not your IMPULSIVE URGES telling you to eat an entire pint of ice cream when you’re not even hungry. You can still enjoy desserts, but you won’t have the guilt that comes with overindulgence. What you’ll end up with- a positive relationship with food and a trimmer waistline.
7. Reduce Added and Refined Sugars
Too much added or refined sugar can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. Added sugar is found (often hidden) in all kinds of foods. Unfortunately, reducing it in your diet isn’t as straightforward as cutting out soda. It’s even in flavored yoghurt and ketchup, and it can also be found in many soups and breads. Reading labels is key. It can be kind of confusing, but here’s an article that shows you what words to watch out for on food labels. Foods with refined and added sugar are usually lacking healthy vitamins and nutrients. Enjoy natural sugar in moderation by eating strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, apples, blackberries, or any fruit you desire. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, you’ll also be getting plenty of nutrients, vitamins, fiber, and water.
8. Limit Adult Beverages
Even with bars closed alcohol consumption has soared since COVID-19. For some people, the occasional happy hour has turned into a daily occurrence. People often think that a couple of drinks will help them sleep better or reduce stress when in reality the opposite is true. Consuming alcohol before bedtime has been associated with a decrease in sleep duration and quality. You don’t need to cut out drinking entirely. Enjoying a couple of beers with your friends can still be part of a healthy lifestyle. However, if you’re using adult beverages to help you sleep or reduce anxiety, try these tips instead:
- Turn off all electronics at least one hour before bedtime.
- Reduce muscle tension and clear your mind by taking a walk, stretching, or doing yoga.
- Have a bedtime routine. Going through a routine every day will tell your mind it’s time for bed.
- Try CBN oil. CBN is a natural sedative made from Hemp.
9. Hug a Tree….or at Least Spend Some Time with Them
There’s a reason you feel a sense of calm when you’re surrounded by a beautiful natural environment. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress hormones and improve mental, physical, and emotional health. Even 15 minutes a day can have a big impact on your overall health. Don’t have time every day? No problem. As long as you can work in 2 hours a week, you can still get the same great benefits. Not a treehugger? No problem. Enjoy a garden, the beach, or even just a field of grass. In a world that is pushing us to stay indoors more and more, it is more important than ever to push back. Your healthier and happier self will thank you.
10. Try Something New
Maybe the most important factor in a healthy life is keeping your mind and body engaged and active by searching for and trying new things. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut doing the same old thing all the time. Humans are creatures of habit that like a safe, predictable environment. Branch out and set a goal to try something new at least once a month. Start with CBD products. Priceland Hemp Store has everything from muscle cream and oils to honey sticks and gummies. Learn more about the benefits of CBD and this family-owned business by checking out the About Us page.
Start by Adding One Healthy Habit to Your Routine
Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. As you can see, many healthy habits work together. Reducing stress and exercise can improve your sleep. Better sleep can improve mental health and help you be more resilient when dealing with stress. If you add one healthy habit to your routine, you’re really adding three or four because of how they are connected. This is something you can easily start today, so go be grateful while you’re doing Animal Flow in the forest. -And don’t forget your water bottle! OK, maybe that’s a little much, but at least put back the soda or cake and have a piece of fruit instead. Stay well. Be grateful. Be happy. Be healthy.