Daily Habits That Can Bring a Healthier Life   



Daily Habits That Can Bring a Healthier Life

 

If you are planning to start your new year with a bang, change your unhealthy eating habits and daily lifestyle today! Instead of making promises that cannot be fulfilled, why not begin the New Year with healthier daily habits? Although this requires a strict control and discipline, it will be a fruitful lifetime of good health.

Daily Habit #1

Start every morning with a breakfast that includes fiber and protein

Breakfast is a great way to start the day; it boosts your energy and ensures you have fewer mid-morning cravings. People who regularly eat breakfast have a more positive attitude and are able to concentrate better. Eating breakfast, especially one high in dietary fiber, is great to slave off hunger pangs and get your bowels moving. Protein provides sustained energy and appetite control. Both of these improve the overall quality of your diet.       

Daily Habit #2

Avoid heavy meals, aim for mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack everyday

Snacking in between your main meals can fill in nutritional gaps and help with appetite and weight control. Spreading calories out into frequent small meals and snacks renders your body’s need for lesser insulin; this helps reduce the risk of developing diabetes.      

The danger in snacking is that it may add extra calories, hence, it is important to budget your calories for snacks. Try having healthy snacks:

If you are craving for something sweet, go for fruits, dried raisins and dried fruits or a small bar of dark chocolate. If you are craving for something salty, go for nuts and whole-grain crackers

If you are craving for something crunchy, go for high-fiber cereal, celery/cucumber sticks or popcorn (skip the butter and caramel)

Daily Habit #3

Have a balanced diet

You have to admit that this sounds a downright boring, same of New Year resolution itself. However, it is the key to ensure your body stays active and functions at its best. Eating at home is a healthier option as the meal is prepared in a healthier way. Not only eating at home is healthier and can save yourself from excess calories and money, it can also meet the dietary recommendations mentioned.        

Daily Habit #4

20 minutes

That is how long you need to exercise. It improves blood circulation and strengthens the heart. Apart from increasing the fitness and energy levels, it will also tone your body and allow you to sweat away the woes of the day. Exercise does not need to be strenuous. Moderate activity such as jogging or a brisk walk of about 20-30 minutes will recharge your batteries for the day. Avoid polluted areas for exercise and try to do some ‘breathing’ exercise too.      

Daily Habit #5

Drink enough water throughout the day        

Water keeps our cells from sticking together. Hence, it plays a role in every single vital function of our body. Adequate water intake prevents dehydration, cleans our body (detox) and promotes healing processes. This may also prevent the feelings of confusion and sluggishness as well as brain fatigue as the oxygen component of water gives us a natural boost of energy. How much you need is based on how active you are. A person should drink about 8-12 glasses of water every day, averagely. Apart from plain water, you can substitute it with other drinks in order to stay hydrated, for example, milk and fruit juices. Soup, fruits and vegetables can also help to meet you daily fluids.      

Daily Habit #6

Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night

Sleeping is not a waste of precious time! Meeting Mr. Sandman gives you a greater alertness and productivity and this will also improve your mental health indirectly. Adequate sleep is also a foundation for weight loss.

According to the Nurses’ Health Study, women who slept less than 7 hours per night weighed more than women who slept 7 or more hours. So, make sure you lay back and have a good sleep every night. Also avoid food or drinks before bed as these might keep you up.

Although health risks increase with age, no one knows what is going to happen next. By practicing these daily habits and other healthy behaviors, you will most likely improve your quality of life. Now, keep your hands away from the holiday buffet table and start planning you day!

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Happy reading,
Evelyn



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