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Five Easy Ways to Kickstart Healthy Habits

It is easy to say that you must develop good habits to have a healthy life, but it can be challenging to change a long-rooted routine. Unfortunately, many people lead an unhealthy lifestyle because they don’t have the time or energy to cook healthy meals or go to the gym. But you can still make healthy changes – it just takes a bit more effort. This post will discuss five easy ways to develop healthy habits and improve your health!

Healthy diet

One of the easiest ways to kickstart healthy habits is to start making small changes in your diet. Start by replacing unhealthy snacks with healthy ones such as fruits and vegetables, or swap out sugary drinks for herbal tea and water. A healthy diet is said to include fruit, vegetables, legumes (e.g. lentils and beans), nuts and whole grains (e.g. oats, whole grain wheat and brown rice). Remember your five portions of fruit and vegetables per day should be different from potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava and other starchy roots. Also, ensure to keep healthy meals on hand, so you only rely on unhealthy takeout sometimes.

Good exercise regime

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While wanting to stay fit is a great aim, implementing a good exercise routine is also vital to achieving a better lifestyle. Many exercise routines are available to suit different abilities and goals. Why not plan to get out and go for a walk or jog daily, or join a gym and commit to regular workouts? Not only will you benefit from physical activity, but it can also help improve your mental health. Some people also love swimming which can be an effective exercise routine for those looking to improve cardiovascular fitness, increase muscle endurance, or lose weight. Others may prefer low-impact exercise such as pilates. Although pilates may not feel like you’re exercising, it can keep you supple, help you tone up and improve posture. Some even find that with just 2-3 pilate classes a week over 10-12 weeks, their strength, muscle tone and endurance have improved, enhancing their overall well-being.

Sleep and rest

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Getting enough sleep is also essential for healthy habits. Make sure to get around eight hours of sleep each night, and avoid activities disrupting your circadian rhythm, such as watching television or using electronic devices late at night. Get enough rest to recharge and recuperate after any illnesses fully. Don’t play a ‘hero’ and plough on, only to regret this later.

Another helpful tip is that blue light filters on your electronic devices can reduce eye strain and avoid destroying chemicals in your brain that you need to relax and get a good night’s rest.

Stress management

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Managing stress is also key to healthy habits. Find healthy ways to cope with stressful situations, such as taking a hot bath or walking. Make sure to set aside time each day for relaxation and self-care too. Let go of anger and find positive things to concentrate on. Also, don’t let others rob you of peace. Experts say that holding on to resentment has proven to be detrimental to our health.

Good friendships

Finally, healthy habits also involve healthy relationships. Take time to connect with friends and family. At times the word ‘friend’ is used so loosely that it is applied to practically every acquaintance who is not hostile. A true friend, however, is more than a mere acquaintance, and social networking will never replace being in the company of a real friend that genuinely listens and displays empathy. To be sure, making the time to be in the company of true friends will add to your happiness and, when needed, helps you cope with challenges and trials.

By following these five easy steps, you can kickstart healthy habits and enjoy all the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Start making healthy changes today!