A habit is defined as a “usual way of behaving: something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way.” The key word in this definition is “repeated”. Some things can’t be controlled (your age, genetic diseases, gender). But others can. And those things aren’t a huge surprise — you already know not to smoke, drink too much, or taking fast food. It’s interesting, though, how all of the major diseases are caused by the same things: smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol and stress. The bellow mentioned list consists the top habits you can change, and a simple method for changing them.
Walking is essential. Whenever you can. To go to the grocery store or the office, to get some fresh air during your lunch break. The minimum number of steps you should be taking every day is 9000-10,000. It might seem like a lot, but every minute counts and gets you closer to your goal. Take it as a game.
Staying seated during hours at a time compromises the body’s ability to consume fats and sugars. Thankfully, there is a simple solution, stand up as often as possible.
Getting some fresh air every day is one of the easiest and most pleasant ways of improving your health. Spending time outside is a good way to manage your stress.
You don’t have to stretch for an hour, you can simply improve your flexibility by moving your body in different ways a few minutes every day. By adding a few stretches to your daily routine, you’ll increase your joint flexibility, which will reduce your risk of injury.
Eating Is Important
ever skip your breakfast. Research shows that people who have breakfast tend to take in more vitamins and minerals and less fat and cholesterol.
Set your screens aside and spend some time connecting with real humans. Not only is a conversation a great way to reinforce your social bonds, it’ll make you eat more slowly. So, eat in good company.
Add variety to your diet. By adding variety to your menu, you’ll ensure you are getting a range of unique benefits from a wide selection of ingredients.
And chew your food! Many nutritionists recommend chewing each mouthful 20-30 times to get it into its most digestible form.
Drink water. Water is essential for staying hydrated and avoiding headaches, fatigue, and problems focusing. Keep a reusable water bottle on hand and always place it in sight to remind you to drink regularly.
Putting away your smartphone might seem like an enormous challenge. But being connected 24/7 can have negative side effects on your memory, creativity, and productivity. Keep yourself disconnected for atleast one hour a day.
Everyday.. If you can! It only takes half an hour. A micro-vacation simply means a moment in your day when you can rest and relax. Lie back and stare off into the distance.
Take some time to take deep breaths. With everything that’s going on around you, you might only be taking short, shallow breaths. Spending a few moments breathing deeply can calm your mind and provide physical benefits, such as lowering your blood pressure and heart rate. It can also help you manage your stress.
Keep smiling always. This is an easy habit to adopt and will greatly impact your mood. Simply raising the corners of your mouth produces endorphins, providing instant happiness.
Sleeping is Mandatory
Sleep may be one of the most important, yet often overlooked, components of getting lean. Sleep helps your muscles recover. What’s more, according to a 2010 study from the University of Chicago, skipping sleep can sabotage your efforts to lose fat through dieting. You should aim for seven to eight hours of quality sleep every night, so it your top priority tonight.
Spent Time With Yourself
Alone time will give you the opportunity to look within and uncover things that may have been forced into hiding due to the busyness of your life.
Our busy lifestyles often neglect time for self-care, which can ultimately backfire in the end. Alone time gives your mind and body time to rest and recharge, which it desperately needs.
The combination of all of these benefits ultimately leads to decreased stress. When you are alone, you don’t have to worry about anything but yourself. You don’t have to worry about what other people are doing or thinking. You don’t have to worry about maintaining social interactions. There is no pressure. It’s just you, yourself, and you.
Understanding yourself will help you better understand the relationships in your life. Through a bit of reflection, you’ll realize which relationships are meaningful and add to your life, and which ones are harmful or simply there to fill a space. You’ll recognize the value in your positive relationships and will likely become even more invested in them.