Living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy in today’s world. We are often so busy and rushed that we end up put health on the back burner, creating a cycle of bad habits that are based on convenience rather than health. It’s time to break that cycle and live healthier with these 7 habits of healthy people.
- They get up at the same time every day. Our bodies are designed to adapt to routines. When you get up at approximately the same time every day, your body knows what it’s supposed to do and you’ll feel less groggy when you waken. Plus, you’ll be less likely to go for that second cup of coffee or that 20oz energy drink to help get yourself moving in the morning.
- They get enough zzz’s. Similar to the above point, giving your body the appropriate amount of sleep every night prepares you for a more productive day. People who regularly get between 6-8 hours of sleep per night not only boost their immunity and ability to focus, but also lower their risk of developing heart disease and obesity.
- They make exercise a regular part of life. Regular exercise is vital to keeping your body healthy. Our bodies are designed to move and be active, not to be sedentary. If you work at a desk job or spend more that 6 hours a day sitting, you’re more likely to gain extra weight, lose muscle tone, and increase the risk of developing depression, insomnia, and blood clots. You can break up your exercise into shorter (and more do-able) segments to keep you moving throughout the day.
- They don’t reward themselves with food. Unless it is a healthy snack, rewarding yourself with food is a bad habit. Even if it’s healthy food, it shouldn’t be a regular thing. Why? Equating reward with food often leads to binge eating and eating when you’re not hungry. Try to find other things to reward your efforts with like a new pair of running shoes, or a trip to the park instead of the gym.
- They see the big picture. Often times when we’re trying to live healthier or make a dramatic change in our lifestyle, we only look at the here and now. Often this makes us feel overwhelmed and disappointed in the results. So take a step back and look at the big picture. You’re not just starting a new exercise routine to lose weight, you’re changing your lifestyle so that you have more energy to play with your children or increasing your stamina so that you can hike in Yosemite without getting winded after 10 minutes.
- They have a positive attitude. It’s true - positivity is attractive. Having a positive outlook on life helps you live a happier life. If you know someone who always seems happy and optimistic, ask them what they do to stay positive. Often times it’s simple a matter of focusing on positive things. But also includes thinking of others before ourselves and looking for opportunities to help others and give back to your community.
- They give themselves a break. Sometimes we’re our own worse critic. It’s important to be realistic with your goals and your accomplishments. No one is perfect, and trying to live that way will leave you disappointed and steal the joy out of life. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do, focus on what you can do and celebrate those small victories.