26 Jan 2013
While everyone realizes that maintaining their health is important, life often gets in the way of regular exercise and healthy diet choices. Although it is best to try and eat as cleanly and move as much as possible, these steps are not always practical in everyday life. However, you don’t have to give up on a healthy lifestyle completely, even if you have no time for regular exercise. These five tips can help you improve your overall health with minimal impact on your everyday life and schedule.
Obviously exercise is good for the body. Without enough exercise, your body stores excessive amounts of fat, faces the risk of diseases and infections, and breaks down faster. But regular, scheduled exercise is not an option for everyone. Luckily, there are a few ways you can introduce a little more movement into your everyday life without disrupting your normal schedule.
Try taking the stairs rather than using an escalator or elevator. Try parking a little further from the entrance to buildings when you travel from one place to another. Rather than always driving to nearby businesses, try riding a bike or walking occasionally. Even fidgeting in your chair at work can help burn extra calories while you work.
Water is extremely important for a healthy body. Since so much of the body is made up of water, dehydration can cause problems with a variety of the body’s functions that can cause problems including muscle cramps, poor skin quality, dizziness, reduced brain functioning, and many others. Water can also help flush unwanted toxins from the body simply by helping your body function like it is supposed to. When possible, you should try to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. You don’t have to drink plain water only though, try adding flavor packets, lemon or lime juice, or other fruits to your drinks to make them more appealing and refreshing. You can also get some of your water intake from the foods you eat, like soup and fruits.
Ideally, everyone would get the right vitamins and nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables eaten daily. However, this kind of diet is impractical for many people. You can improve your overall health by taking a daily vitamin supplement. Even a daily multi-vitamin can go a long way toward ensuring you receive the recommended amount of nutrients in your body each day.
Enjoy the outdoors
Most people spend little more than however long it takes them to get into their car in the morning outdoors. This is a problem that is surprisingly bad for your health. In small doses, sun exposure is extremely beneficial to the body. Sunlight offers vitamin D, which provides a host of benefits, including improved immunity, calcium absorption, bone health, and more.
Eat more fruits and veggies
If you can, try to add one or two additional servings of fruits or vegetables to your diet each day. One of the easiest ways to do this is by switching out an afternoon snack for a piece of fruit. Eating seasonal fruits is an inexpensive way to add nutrients to your diet. Try eating one vegetable with each meal to give yourself a variety of vitamins from natural sources.
Starting your journey to health does not have to be difficult. You can greatly improve your health simply by making a few small changes to your daily life. In just a few weeks or months, you should notice significant improvement in your overall health and energy levels.
This is a guest post by Jordan Fried. Jordan has a variety of interests, but he is currently concerned with health and addiction based issues. For more information on drug recovery, click here. Follow Jordan On Twitter @JordanFried