1. Stay Hydrated
Drinking water regularly throughout the day is super important for maintaining a healthy body. Your water intake is essential for combatting illness, enhancing mental health, and upholding your energy levels. Drinking plenty of water also has beauty effects such as: burning fat and activating muscle tissue; hydrating skin to reduce wrinkles; acting as a natural stress reliever; and flushing out toxins in the liver. For best practice, try to drink half your body weight in ounces a day and avoid sugary beverages like soda, sports drinks and juice concentrates. Add fruit to your water to enhance the flavor.
Something to get you to drink more water, is to exercise regularly. Not only do you get the added benefit of reaching your daily hydration goal, but staying in shape not only increases your physical health but also your mental health. Exercise has been proven to help fight depression, stroke, heart disease and arthritis. It releases endorphins, lifting your mood, energy, and promotes better sleep habits.
3. Eat Right
It should come as a given, that drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly, also requires you to eat well. Aim to boost your health, inside and out. Maintaining a balanced diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, grains and lean proteins are vitally important to ensure that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. Check with your physician to see which foods you should be taking in.
4. Break Out of the Office
You don’t necessarily have to quit your job and drop everything, but take some time to go out and enjoy the outdoors. Break from routine and explore some nature hikes or take the trip you’ve been saving up for. Performing outdoor activities can lower stress levels and raise your mood.
5. Catch Up On Some Z’s
Undoubtably it is hard to keep and maintain a normal sleep cycle. Either work, school, kids, or personal issues always seem to interfere with that habit, but without rest, your brain becomes seriously at risk. A well-rested brain can help with emotional well-being, support a strong immune system, perform better physically and mentally, it does it all. It’s recommended that adults get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
6. Don’t Go In It Alone
It can be hard to make sure you stay on track and motivated all by yourself, so grab a family member, a friend or a SO who can act as your personal cheerleader while also raising their health. If you start off on your own, by the third or fourth week you might be in need of an encouragement boost. Take on a partner to meet similar goals or to push you to your limit.
7. Take Notes
Now this might sound tedious or a logophile’s dream, but if you are committed to tracking your progress with dieting, exercising, or sleep, taking notes is an important part of the process. Note taking gives you a secondary visual of your progress and allows you to go in and add or subtract parts of your plan that can help you. And if you’re already sporting a smartwatch you might as well use it for it’s intended purpose.
8. See a Doctor
Keeping up with regular appointments is just as important as the other 7 tips. To avoid any surprises or irregularities, it's a good habit to see your dentist, optometrist, and physician twice a year. Don’t skip out on flu shots either!
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