No one wants to get a disease, but it happens so often these days that many feel disease is inevitable. However, many are a result of poor lifestyle choices. Once these bad habits are changed, good health usually follows naturally. With increased health comes lower health insurance premiums; who doesn't want that? So if you're ready to level up your health, start by making one or more of these changes and see how you feel after a week or two. Remember, change won't happen overnight. Take it slow and don't give up.
Eat a colorful plant based diet. With so many various eating plans out there, it's hard to know which is best for you. However, one thing that people in the vegetarian, meat eating, raw food, low-fat, and Paleo camps agree on is that people need more non-starchy vegetables. Fill your plate half full of fresh vegetables and watch your hunger disappear along with your excess body weight.
Drink plenty of pure water. Our bodies are in large part water so it's essential to be properly hydrated. A good habit to start is to keep a large cup beside your bed and drink 16 ounces upon waking up every morning. Replace other beverages with water and add a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange to give it a flavor boost if you find the taste unappealing.
Exercise daily. There's lots of debate about which kind of exercise is best: cardio, HIIT, weight training. But the most important thing is to get active. Find a gym that you like, you can usually get a free week trial to decide if it's right for you, and take advantage of classes and training sessions. Even getting an activity monitor like Fit-bit can help you track your steps and motivate you to walk a bit more each day.
Give yourself a bedtime. Being an adult means you can stay up as late as you want without anyone getting upset. However, studies are finding sleep is essential to good health, and the more sleep you get before 1 a.m., the better quality sleep you get. So aim to be in by at 10 every night so your body can rest and repair itself to stay in optimal health.
Of course, there are always exceptions, and you need your doctor’s approval before making changes that affect your health, especially if you're on medications.
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