16 Tips to Live a Healthier Life

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How healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least eight glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every day? Do you live a healthy lifestyle?

Our body is our temple, and we need to take care of it. Do you know that over 70% of Americans are either obese or overweight?[1] That’s insane! Think of your body as your physical shell to take you through life. If you repeatedly abuse it, your cover will wear out quickly.

Life is beautiful, and you don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs may be working well, but they may not be tomorrow. Don’t take your health for granted. Take proper care of your body.

Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise — it’s also about having a positive attitude, self-image, and a healthy lifestyle. In this article, I share 16 tips to live a healthier life. Bookmark this post and save the tips because they will be vital to living a healthier life. 🙂

1- Drink more water. Most of us don’t drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our bodies to function. Over 60% of our body is made up of water? Water is needed to carry out body functions, remove waste, and carry nutrients and oxygen around our bodies. We need to replenish our water intake since we lose water daily through urine, bowel movements, sweat, and breathing.

2- Get enough sleep. When you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more. Usually, it’s junk food. Get enough rest, and you don’t need to snack to stay awake.

3- Meditate. Meditation quietens your mind and calms your soul. If you don’t know how to meditate, don’t worry. Learn to meditate in 5 simple steps.

4- Exercise. Movement is life. Research has shown that exercising daily brings tremendous benefits to our health, including increasing lifespan, lowering the risk of diseases, higher bone density, and weight loss. Increase the activity in your life. Choose walking over transport for close distances. Climb the stairs instead of taking the lift. Join an aerobics class or a dance class. Pick a sport of your liking.

5- Pick exercises that you enjoy. When you enjoy a sport, you naturally want to do it. Exercise isn’t about suffering and pushing yourself; it’s about being healthy and having fun at the same time. Adding variation to your workouts will keep them interesting. What exercises do you like, and how can you include them in your routine?

6- Eat vegetables. Vegetables are the source of many nutrients and minerals like folate, vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, manganese, and potassium, not to mention dietary fiber, which is essential for good gut health.

7- Cut down on processed food. Processed food is not good because (a) most of the nutritional value is lost in creating these foods, and (b) the added preservatives are harmful to our health.

8- Love yourself. Self-love is a crucial part of living a healthy life. When you have a negative self-image, it naturally weighs down on your mental outlook and health.

9- Breath. Deeply. Oxygen is vital for life. You may know how to breathe, but are you breathing correctly? Most of us aren’t breathing correctly — we take shallow breaths and live to 1/3 of our lung capacity. A full breath is where your lungs are filled, your abdomen expands, and there’s minimum movement in your shoulders.

10- Eat small meals.  Choose several small meals over huge meals as it evens your energy distribution.

11- Cut down on sugary food/drinks. Sugary food consists of candy bars, pastries, chocolate, cookies, cakes, and jelly donuts. Not only do they not fill you, but they trigger you to eat more due to the sugar rush

12- Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it drains water from your body.

13- Stop smoking. Smoking is detrimental to health and severely increases the risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer (of our gullet), heart attack, and more.

14- Get regular checkups. Some diseases don’t show up as symptoms until it is too late.

15- Hang out with healthy people. You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so the more time you spend around healthy people, the better it is.

16- Supplement your diet as needed. Even when we eat healthily, there will be times when we lack specific vitamins/minerals because many artificial processes have permanently altered our food supply chain.