Health Today And Every Day
While there is plenty of science that explains why certain things make us healthy, getting that way doesn’t really require a lesson in biology. There’s a lot you can do, regardless of your current age, to improve your overall wellness. Things like getting enough sleep, exercising, and paying attention to your environment can go a long way toward your efforts to stay healthy. It pays to prioritize yourself each day, starting from the moment you wake up.
More than coffee
Breakfast is one of the easiest meals to skip. After all, you are busy trying to get the kids off to school, get ready for work, or you simply don’t like to eat first thing in the morning. But breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and for many reasons. First, when you eat well in the morning, you are less likely to overindulge throughout the day. Carbohydrates from foods such as oats and potatoes may actually help improve your memory. And, according to Oats Overnight, if you eat a healthy breakfast, you are likely to weigh less than those who go straight for lunch at noon. Remember, you have to eat right during every stage of life, and breakfast is the platform upon which you build your food consumption plan every day.
Home Is Where The Health Is
Even if you feel like you spend most of your day at the office, you spend your most important hours at home. For this reason, you should pay attention to your immediate environment. HomeAdvisor explains that things like mold, ventilation issues, and water problems can hinder your efforts to be healthy. If you want to feel your very best, take a look around the house. If you have a pest infestation, for example, that puts you in close proximity to bacteria that can make you sick. Similarly, mold spores, which can be spread into the air via your HVAC unit, can increase your chances of experiencing respiratory disorders. The air quality in your home is especially important during the overnight hours as you sleep.
Speaking Of Sleep
If you have trouble breathing, you may not get your best rest. This is unfortunate, since sleep is valuable in ways you may not realize. Not only does getting a solid seven to eight hours each night improve your mental functioning, but the time your body is at rest is when your internal systems get to work repairing damage caused by daily wear and tear. If you have trouble falling asleep, Amerisleep suggests, among other things, visualizing a calming scene and eating a quick snack of carbohydrates before bed.
Yes, You Have To Exercise
If you’re like many adults, you don’t feel like hitting the gym after work. However, you should make a point to get at least 30 minutes of mild to moderate activity every day. Go for a long walk after dinner or ride bikes with the kids. You will also want to focus on exercises that improve mobility. This will help you remain physically capable throughout your older years,
When flexibility and mobility can become an issue. If you’re not big on high-impact sports, you may also consider taking up golf, which is one of the best activities to help reduce stress, promote sleep, and improve cardiovascular function. Plus, it’ll help you burn calories and gives you a chance to socialize.
Remember, your health is not determined by an annual visit to your doctor, although you should absolutely get a checkup every year. Instead, it’s dictated by how you treat yourself every single day. So get active, eat well, and make sure that your environment isn’t going to hinder your efforts to get healthy.
Article contributed by:
Shelia Olson of www.fitsheila.com