5 easy steps to better health
by Shelley Langenhorst
Switching up your lifestyle and getting healthy can be a tad bit overwhelming. Instead of looking at health as one huge accomplishment, it’s easier if you break it down into smaller, more manageable habits.
These five easy steps will have you on your way to better health in no time.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Most Americans are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it. We rush through the day chugging coffee, soda, energy drinks and just about anything but the good stuff. Water is a life force.
Drinking more water will help you feel more alert and more focused. It can even help keep up your metabolism.
Eat a balanced breakfast
Breakfast is important to get you going in the morning. But a bowl of sugary cereal or a frozen waffle drenched in syrup will not leave you ready to conquer the day.
Instead, try a breakfast that contains complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.
Get your full 5.
Most Americans don’t get their daily recommended amount of vegetables (and college kids only get about five servings of veggies per WEEK!).
Eat a veggie-packed salad for lunch whenever possible, snack on veggies and hummus instead of potato chips or have produce-packed smoothies for breakfast. Check out our ideas for eating more veggies.
Quit the things you know are bad
Specifically soda, smoking and tanning. Regular soda is loaded with added and unnecessary sugars while diet soda is packed with chemicals that trick your body and make you consume even more calories.
We all know that smoking takes a toll on your health and can age you beyond your years. Smoking can even take up to 10 years off the life of the average woman. Check out our article on how to stop smoking and add years to your life.
Skin cancer is on the rise in this country. The introduction and use of tanning beds account for such a fast rise – especially in young women. Using tanning beds can increase your risk of skin cancer by 75%!
Step away from the fake-bake and practice safe sun. When caught early, melanoma can be easily treated. But if caught too late, it has a very low survival rate.
This is easier said than done, but make time every day to be happy. Our attitudes have such a huge effect on every aspect of our lives.
Being happy can be easier than you think – just check out these ideas to stress less and smile more.
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