Quick (and free!) Ways to Boost Your Health
With all of the conflicting nutrition advice, supplement recommendations and fitness fads, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there are some simple rules to healthy living that are easy(ish) to follow, and cost you nothing!
1.) Sleep is amazing.
Really – not every needs 8 hours a night. Some people can thrive on 6, and others need 9. The point is, however much sleep you need, you should try to reach for it. There has been a lot of research that indicates sleep as being crucial for everyday wellbeing (1, 2, 3, and that’s just the start!). Sleep can work wonders for hormone regulation, weight maintenance, happiness and cognition, so don’t skimp out!
This TED talk presents another compelling reason to sleep: clearing the brain’s waste. Not too shabby for something so comfy, eh?
2.) Hydration is key.
Drink more water. This is the easiest thing you can do to feel better. You don’t even have to cut out whatever it is you are drinking, if you really don’t want to. Of course, drinking water instead of soda will yield greater benefits (think of the calorie and sugar savings!), but hydrating all of your cells can make you feel more awake, and can help you to determine whether you’re actually hungry, or just thirsty. Need more reasons? Check out this article.
3.) Movement. Movement, people!
You don’t have to go from 0-60 with exercise, but you shouldn’t stop moving around. Watching a TV show? Do some squats during commercials. Take the stairs. Walk to the office down the hall instead of calling. There are a thousand simple ways to move around that will keep your blood flowing and your muscles from atrophying.
Don’t get me wrong, exercise is important to maintaining your health (we were made to move, after all!), but if you don’t have time, or don’t want to, or have an equally lame excuse for why you won’t, you should still be moving!
No, pizza is not a vegetable, no matter what the government tells us. You don’t have to eat a full plate of veggies every hour, or choke down 15 kale smoothies in a day, but making sure that at least half your dinner plate is vegetables can make a world of difference. Plus, eating veggies first might just make you eat less of that bread bowl. 😉