Top 9 Healthy Head-to-Toe Strategies You Can Use Daily

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Guest Post By: Jennifer McGregor

The healthy life is full of advantages: higher quality of life, fewer health care costs, and overall happiness. How you eat, sleep and move can affect how you think about yourself and how you cope with life. Gaining long-term health benefits comes only from consistency and active decisions to do better. While nobody’s perfect and we all slip up from time to time, it’s important to keep moving forward and try your best to be healthy. Here are some strategies you can implement to stay healthy and happy.

1. Eat more vegetables

Have you ever tried to go on a diet only to find your cravings increase? That’s because completely eliminating certain foods from your diet can only make it harder to avoid them. Instead of cutting out all “bad” food, try upping your intake of healthy food instead. There are loads of benefits to eating a diet high in fruits and veggies. For example, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that fruits and vegetables offer a low glycemic load, which can help manage blood sugar and prevent spikes that cause hunger.

2. Keep it clean

Your home plays a huge role in your overall health. Mess causes stress, and it harbors germs that can make you ill. If the thought of a deep-cleaning and clutter-purging session feels like too much to bear, hire some help. The cost of maid service in Montgomery averages only $210, and while your pro does the cleaning, you can work on sorting through the items you no longer need. As a bonus, you can sell any unwanted belongings online or in a yard sale, the profits of which will likely cover the cost of hiring a maid and give you a little extra to spend on something that actually excites you.

3. Do some cardio

Cardiovascular exercise or aerobic exercise is an excellent way to keep your heart healthy. It’s also been known to improve mental and emotional health. You don’t have to do cardio every day, but you should do it at least twice a week, preferably for at least 30 minutes. You can do all sorts of exercises that count as cardio, such as attending a local Spin class (which generally costs between $15 and $25), taking a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class, or going running. Whatever you do, don’t worry about getting it perfect the first time around. Cardio comes in all shapes and forms.

4. Manage stress in a healthy way

When you’re stressed out, it’s easy to give into temptation. It’s important to choose healthy outlets for stress, rather than turning to alcohol or drugs to cope. Major scientific studies have pointed to the association between alcohol consumption and cancer. For instance, women who consume at least one drink a day are at a much higher risk of breast cancer. Find some healthy coping mechanisms for stress, whether that’s through reading, watching your favorite TV show, or taking up a new hobby (picking up a paintbrush, learning to cook, or discovering the mental and physical benefits of gardening). You can also see a therapist if you need some extra help.

5. Get enough sleep

A lack of quality sleep typically results in a vicious cycle of being more stressed out and then being too stressed to sleep. A good night’s rest will help you be happier and more productive, and also can help you with weight loss. If you struggle with getting enough sleep, establish a bedtime routine that will help you wind down for bed. Don’t read or watch anything in bed, and try to reserve your bedroom as a place for sleep only.

6. Exercise with friends

Exercise is good for you, but sometimes, it can be hard to do it on your own. This is what friends are for. A solid support group can keep you accountable and will help you stay focused on your goals. Try taking group exercise classes, or ask a friend to go on hikes with you.

7. Keep a gratitude journal

Gratitude can help you recognize the wonderful opportunities in your life. While a gratitude journal won’t solve your problems, it can help you realize how many good things you have. Try to write down at least three things daily that you’re grateful for. Writing them down will help you internalize your gratitude. This also will help you focus on what you enjoy about life and focus less on what’s stressing you out.

8. Eat tasty fruit to replace sugar

You don’t have to give up sugar completely, but you can have less of it in your life by eating more fruit instead. No matter your tastes, there are many delicious options, including berries, raspberries, bananas, grapes, apples, oranges, and tangerines.

9. Walk more

Even when you’re at work, taking just five minutes each hour to get up and walk can help increase focus, decrease lethargy, and improve mood. Walking is an excellent way to improve your productivity and help you start an exercise routine. Try to establish routes that help you think. You’ll be able to mull over some of your problems and come up with solutions as you walk, which is a huge boon.

Of course, it’s not feasible to try to adopt all of these healthy habits all at once. Pick one or two to start, and then gradually add more in. The effort will be worth it.

References/Sources:

Benefits - https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-and-fruits/

Mess causes stress - https://parentingisnteasy.co/messy-home-anxiety/

averages only $210 - https://www.homeadvisor.com/tloc/Montgomery-AL/Maid-Service/

sorting through - https://bornagainminimalist.com/2015/06/16/purge-by-room/

yard sale - https://www.familyhandyman.com/diy-advice/14-tips-for-a-successful-garage-sale/

excellent way - https://www.verywellfit.com/why-you-need-cardio-exercise-1230812

between $15 and $25 - https://fitness.costhelper.com/spinning-classes.html

studies - https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170523084758.htm

benefits of gardening - http://www.schultesgreenhouse.com/Benefits.html

bedtime routine - https://vancouverwellnessstudio.com/blog/2016/10/26/maintaining-sleep-sanity-my-absolute-favorite-self-care-routine

friends are for - https://www.nifs.org/blog/five-reasons-to-find-a-workout-buddy-motivation-accountability-and-more

go on hikes - https://www.hillwalktours.com/walking-hiking-blog/benefits-of-hiking-mental-health/

internalize your gratitude - https://www.happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude/

five minutes - https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/28/well/move/work-walk-5-minutes-work.html

Ashley Vipond