Health insurance is there when you need it…but the goal is to not need to use it, right?
Staying healthy is always preferable to getting sick and then trying to recover, so here are 3 quick tips to help you live a healthier lifestyle.
Health Tip 1: Drink More Water
You’ve heard it before, and you’re going to hear it again.
Dehydration causes all kinds of problems – bad breath, headaches, fatigue, and even weight gain – and your body can’t function properly if it doesn’t have enough water in your cells.
The quickest way to determine whether or not you’re properly hydrated is by looking at your urine.
If you use the bathroom and your urine is noticeably yellow, you’re not drinking enough water. Healthy urine from a hydrated person is very pale, almost clear. It should look like watered down lemonade.
Sorry for the mental image, but your health is important!
To get into the habit of drinking more water, keep a glass or a bottle of cool water within reach at all times.
Most people find that using a refillable water bottle that you like tends to help you remember to stay hydrated. Take lots of trips to the water cooler to keep your bottle full, and notice how much better you feel after a few weeks of proper hydration.
Health Tip 2: Walk More
Americans are pretty good at finding ways to shortcut our workloads.
That’s great if you’re innovating and trying to find ways to make your job more efficient, but it’s not so good if you find ways around physical effort.
Studies have shown that simple changes like walking more can have pronounced positive effects on your health.
Park farther away from buildings and walk across the lot when you go anywhere, and always choose stairs over escalators and elevators if that’s an option.
Some people find that wearing a pedometer or a fitness monitor helps them remember to move more throughout their day. Walking more steps becomes almost a game, and if your device can register a step goal and notify you when you reach certain milestones, it encourages you to find little ways to be more active.
Walking more frequently is good for your cardiovascular system, and it’s easy to fit more exercise into your day by doing it in small, short doses.
Soon, movement becomes a habit, and that means good health is automatic.
Health Tip 3: Sleep On a Schedule
Healthy sleep is key to living a healthy life, because it gives your body and your mind a chance to recover from the stresses of the day.
Many Americans struggle with quality sleep.
The amount of time you spend in bed isn’t nearly as important as the quality of your sleep, and since most of us have too many things to do in a day to get a full 8 hours of rest, it’s important to find ways to improve the quality of our sleep.
One of the ways to do this is to sleep on a defined schedule.
Rather than going to bed when we’re tired and waking up when the alarm sounds, head to bed at the same time every night.
Make sure the room is dark, cool, and silent, and do your best to quiet your mind.
Even if you’re not ready to sleep just yet, go to bed at the same time anyway. Soon, your body will be trained to your new bedtime, and it will be easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.