There are so many things we can do to keep our bodies healthy with little effort and some fun. Starting to implement a few healthy habits in our life is a small step to take, but it can lead up to important beneficial lifestyle changes. Here are some common sense tips on how to improve your health with little effort.
(1) Include healthful snacks in your daily diet. We are all familiar with the fact that the main three meals a day are very important for our health, especially if taken at the right time. What we all seem to disregard is the fact that certain snacks taken in between these meals can do wonders and save us a lot of trouble later in life. The healthy snacks all doctors talk about are fruits and vegetables. They don’t have a lot of calories and are high in nutrients. Also, they prevent some types of cancer, they are good for the skin, thus reducing aging signs, they protect our cardiovascular system and boost up our immunity. When feeling the need to eat something in between the main meal courses, why not replace unhealthy snacks with a fruit, a salad or even low fat yogurt?
(2) Exercise, but make sure you enjoy it! It has become clear enough for everyone that exercising regularly has plenty of benefits, but yet a lot of us choose to avoid physical activity mostly due to the fact that we don’t have enough time, we get lazy or we haven’t discovered yet an activity that might just be fun for us. Whether you go swimming or jogging or register for dance lessons you should always do it with pleasure, and make the best of that experience. On short term your mood will be improved, you will feel energized; you will think and feel better and will get to manage stress a lot more easy. On long term the risk of heart diseases, diabetes and premature death will be considerably reduced, you will have healthier bones, muscles and joints, and you will keep your weight balanced.
(3) Get enough sleep. Resting is an important process for your mind and body. Memory, learning and general efficiency can be affected by sleep deprivation. Not to mention the skin aspect. Every cell in our body gets to suffer if sleeping becomes a luxury. Doctors recommend at least 7 hours of good sleep for adults and more hours for kids. Also a 30 minute nap during the day can do wonders for students who are preparing for their exams and need to focus all day long on their studying.
(4) Make friends and learn to keep them. A lot of studies have concluded that social ties have quite an impact on our health. Emotional support comes from your friends when needed. Internal burden can be loaded off your chest a lot easier when being shared with someone close. Depression and anxiety often stay away from people who maintain their social activities alive. These are all facts that prove how important social interaction is for the human kind, so don’t lock yourself in along with your problems; try sharing and you will feel a lot better.
(5) Try some fish. AHA says that fish should be included in your menu at least two times per week. By eating the right type of fish you add proteins and omega 3 acids to your body. Specialists recommend salmon, mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, and tuna as they are quite rich in omega 3 acids that will keep cardiovascular diseases away from you.