A healthy lifestyle begins with taking small steps in your everyday life, but often our responsibilities get in the way of our health goals.
Here are 4 habits you can apply to your daily routine that will benefit your health now and in the future.
Meditation is practiced by millions of people around the world, everyone from athletes like Derek Jeter to filmmakers such as George Lucas and David Lynch who swear by its effectiveness.
The ability to push distracting or negative thoughts out of your mind allows you to take in all of the new information you may receive that day.
Physically, a person who meditates often may show slower signs of aging than others since stress has a negative effect on our bodies.
2) Remain Hydrated
Dehydration, even mild, is linked to headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, tension, anxiety, and even issues with your memory.
It’s advised that you drink at least 2 liters a day to remain fully hydrated, and more if you’re doing strenuous physical activity or are in the extreme heat.
An easy way to kickstart your daily hydration is to make a habit of having a glass of water the moment you wake up.
3) Get Moving
More specifically, get moving outdoors. Fresh air, beautiful scenery and the overall feel of being away from your cluttered living space can have a major effect on your mood and stave off feelings of depression.
But how does exercise make us happier?
The protein BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) is released into our brains when we exercise, causing our brain to “wipe the slate clean,” and give us feelings of relief afterward.
Getting outside to do physical activity for just 30 minutes a day can help you lose weight, make you more alert, and give you an overall sense of accomplishment and confidence.
Exercising outside has the added benefit of sunlight, which helps you get a better night’s sleep.
4) Get Your Daily Protein Intake
The benefits of protein when it comes to building strength and muscle is well known, but protein has other health positive effects.
Did you know that eating more protein can reduce your hunger, causing you to consume less, and in effect lose weight?
Studies have shown that consuming larger quantities of protein speeds up your metabolism, not to mention you won’t be getting up for that midnight snack as often.
As you get older, protein will play a big role in strengthening your bones and protecting against diseases like osteoporosis.
Making protein 20%-30% of your daily calorie intake will seriously turn your life, and health, around for the better.
Each small step you take leads to a healthier lifestyle. If you incorporate even one of these tips into your routine, you’ll be on your way to better health and wellness.