Staying healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to a longer and more fulfilling life. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to ensure you stay on track with your health. Below, is a checklist of seven important tips you should consider to start living a healthier you.
1. Get Yourself Up-To-Date
The first step to living your healthier life is to understand where you are on your health status currently. Follow the steps below to ensure you are starting off on the right track:
- Schedule appointments with your dentist and doctor for a routine screening and get up-to-date on current immunizations.
- Measure yourself, such as your height weight, and record your BMI. You should additionally measure your waistline to make sure you’re not at risk of any health conditions.
- Maintain a food and exercise diary. It’s important to know what you’re putting into your body and how effectively you’re taking off the weight. Remember, you should exercise at least three to four times a week.
- Check your current and recent moods. Have you noticed any mood swings? If so, you should bring it up with your doctor at the next appointment.
2. Reduce Your Health Risks
If you know of any health conditions that run in your family or if you’re participating in behaviors that contribute to health conditions, such as smoking or excessive drinking, you should address this with your doctor. This way, you can work out a treatment plan, like physical therapy or PRP stem cell therapy, to maintain your health.
3. Stay Active
The best way to keep yourself is to stay active by following the steps below:
- Have fun exercising, whether it be hiking with friends or taking karate classes. Sometimes the best way to jump into an exercise routine to benefit your health is to have fun with it!
- Maintain an exercise diary to record the physical activity you do, which you can use to keep yourself on track and show your doctor if need be.
- Set daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly goals.
- Try working out every day for at least 10 minutes. Whether it be walking to work or around your house to burn off a few calories, something is better than nothing.
4. Try Dieting
Instead of working on only eating certain types of foods, you should be working on being aware of what you’re heating and improve the choices you make. You can do this by following the steps below:
- Instead of saying “I should” eat something, say “I choose” to eat. This way, you can will yourself into eating healthier foods.
- Don’t guilt trip yourself if you fall into bad habits. You’ll only feel worse and continue making poor choices.
- Stick to a set plan either created by you or a doctor. Make sure you buy plenty of healthy snacks so if you’re hungry you’re not tempted to eat something unhealthy.
- Don’t eat while doing another activity, you’ll only end up binge eating, which will result in unnecessary weight.
- Try eating at least six servings of fruits and vegetables a day. It’s important that you get a good dose of nutrients every day.
5. Work on De-Stressing Yourself
When it comes to managing your stress, we recommend you take advantage of yoga, meditation, and light meditation that can help lower your stress levels. Life can get pretty stressful, so it’s important that you have an outlet that you can take advantage of. However, if you suffer from occasional stress flare-ups, we suggest you use a high-energy exercise, such as running up and down stairs, to burn off your stress energy. This way, you can lower your stress levels in a matter of minutes, instead of having it affect you throughout the day.
6. Get a Better Night’s Sleep
If you notice that you aren’t getting enough sleep, try these tips below:
- Avoid use of the computer and/or TV before bed. Not only can these overstimulate your mind, but the light isn’t good for your eyes before you hit the hay.
- Create a regular sleep schedule.
- Don’t heavily exercise before going to sleep. You’ll only increase your body’s temperature, making it harder for you to fall asleep.
- Don’t use the weekend to catch-up on sleep you missed throughout the week.
7. Keep Yourself Mentally Stimulated
It’s important to your mental health that you use stimulating activities that are good for your brain. Keeping up with brain fitness can help you learn faster and prevent a higher risk of mentally deteriorating diseases. Plus, there’s literally no downside to maintaining your brain health.