Healthy people have a lot in common. They have made habits for themselves that keep them healthy. You don’t need to kill yourself in the gym for hours to simply be healthy. If you follow these 10 habits, you will undoubtedly be on the right path of healthiness.
1. Take the stairs
Emma and I made this a habit for one of our new year’s resolutions. When we first started, I was out of breath after a couple flights of stairs. Now, taking stairs is a breeze. It’s like a free little cheat workout in the middle of the day.
It’s been interesting walking with my coworkers because they always take the escalators, and I walk over to the stairs. It’s started some great conversations.
During peak hours, it is faster. You don’t need to stand there and awkwardly waiting for the elevator to make its way to your floor.
2. Park away from the door
When you park further away from the door, you make yourself walk more. This is a great way to sneak in a couple extra minutes of exercise throughout the day. Another great thing about parking further away is that you leave the closer spots open for the elderly folks and pregnant women.
Since Emma and I bought our new minivan, we have been trying our hardest to park it away from other cars. The further out in the parking lot you go, usually the less crowded it is. This means less people hitting your car with their doors.
3. Find an active hobby
Exercising doesn’t always need to be done in the gym. When you have active hobbies, you get to exercise while doing something you enjoy. I don’t mean go take up running marathons as your hobby. Try hiking or bowling. Those are two of my favorite hobbies. When you enjoy it, you’ll try to do it more frequently.
4. Use natural health and beauty products
Emma wrote a whole blog on our journey to natural products. They are healthier for you and the environment. Why wouldn’t you choose to use a product that wasn’t tested on animals, doesn’t have known carcinogens, and still works the same?
5. Go to your doctor and dentist regularly
Going to the doctor shouldn’t be a chore. You should desire to talk through your health concerns with your doctor. It’s better to have that health “surprise” earlier rather than later. You know your body better than most. If something feels off, make an appointment and get it checked out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
6. Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep will help many aspects of your life. It will allow you to make better decisions, stay healthier, and enjoy things more. You can avoid immediate negative consequences of sleep deprivation such as a car crash. Tired driving has gained a lot more traction lately as being the equivalent of drunk driving. Long term effects of sleep deprivation include increased risk of obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Getting enough sleep is vital to staying healthy.
7. Eat less processed foods
Processed foods are usually high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Both of these are linked to increases in obesity and many other health problems. Eating less processed foods allows you to avoid things like trans-fat and refined carbohydrates.
8. Have water on your nightstand
Imagine going the next eight hours without drinking water. That’s exactly what you’re doing when you sleep. Staying hydrated is very important to a healthy lifestyle. Drinking water in the morning can also help you prevent overeating. Your body often times confuses thirst for hunger.
9. Cook at home
When you cook at home, you are in charge of how many calories are in your meal and the portion sizes you make. This can help prevent the need to get your money’s worth at a restaurant by finishing your plate. Cooking at home can also help you spend more time with your family. Teaching your children how to cook can be a great bonding experience. Did I forget to mention how much money you can save by cooking at home? A LOT!
10. Limit your work hours
Working too much can have negative effects on your health, social life, and family. When you limit your work schedule you make yourself get more done in the shorter amount of time. If you overwork, you will not be able to complete your other healthy habits, you will be more stressed, and you will find your job less enjoyable. Get in, get the work done, and get out!