If you want to feel your best, you need to look at all aspects of your lifestyle—not just your diet, but also fitness and mental well-being. Here are ten of the best tips for happier, healthier living.
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1. Get Plenty Of Restful Sleep
Although you skipping sleep can temporarily increase productivity, try to get around eight hours per night. Restful sleep increases both physical and mental energy, and it also increases your life expectancy while cutting your risk of chronic disease.
2. Adopt A ‘Primal’ Diet
Try focusing on the foods we’ve adapted and evolved to eat, such as meat, eggs, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Research shows that this reduces risk of major health problems like diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
3. Walk Every Day
Aim for at least 30 minutes of walking each day (at a brisk pace). This easy form of aerobic exercises is linked with a drop in the risk of chronic disease, as well as reduced anxiety.
4. Stay Hydrated
Two-thirds of your body is composed of water, and you need it for everything from carrying nutrients to getting rid of toxins and regulating temperature. If your urine is consistently pale yellow, you’re drinking enough water and should feel more energized and alert.
5. Be Kind
Do something thoughtful and compassionate at least once a day, whether for a friend or stranger. This is not only lovely for the other person, but helps you to tune into the good in the word and elevates your mood.
6. Practice Mindful Eating
With our busy modern lifestyles, it’s easy to fall into the trap of eating on the go. Mindful eating involves sitting down, chewing slowly, and really focusing on the sensations and tastes. As well as increasing enjoyment of food, this approach supports digestion and reduces the risk of overeating.
7. Be Grateful
Lift your spirits and increase positivity by deliberately appreciating your life. For example, try keeping a journal or notepad where you list at least three things that inspire gratitude each day.
8. Enjoy The Summer Sun
Exposure to sunlight helps your body to make vitamin D, reducing your risk of diseases like multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and cancer. Be sure to protect yourself from sunburn, but make sure you’re in the sun for at least a short period each day.
9. Prioritize Light Exposure In Winter
Meanwhile, although you won’t be able to spend nearly as much time in sunlight during the winter months, it’s so important to at least get some exposure to natural light. Even just a lunchtime walk helps to combat low mood and increase vitamin D production. And if you find the lack of daylight especially difficult, consider investing in a lightbox.
10. Do Resistance Exercise
Finally, it’s vital to maintain muscle mass, especially as you age (as it helps to prevent falls and disability). Even just a few squats or sit-ups at home every day can help, as can using some light dumbbells.
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