Here, we’re going to discuss the things you’re probably not doing to protect your health – both mental and physical. The thing is, people who are healthy, or feel healthy, may expect their health to always be there. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. If you don’t start taking the steps to protect your health now, then you’re probably going to have issues in some way in the future. Take a look and see what you’re probably not doing and why you should get started:
According to HHS, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. At the very least, you should be making sure you’re getting enough steps. You can download an app on your phone to track them or invest in a tracker. Add a few thousand on to your goal each time, until you’re consistently hitting 10,000 steps. Sitting is the new cancer, and many of us lead sedentary lives. By making sure we’re at least getting the recommended number of steps, we can fight off many illnesses and issues that come from being inactive.
Find a type of exercise you enjoy and practice that on top of your steps when you’re used to getting active. Do this slowly too, and you’ll be more likely to make it a habit!
Paying Attention To Nutritional Labels
Most people don’t pay attention to nutritional labels. They see things like ‘low cal’ or ‘low fat’ and automatically assume that these things are healthy, but this is rarely the case. Foods with few ingredients in (especially minimal ingredients that are tough to pronounce) are often the healthiest. For a healthy, balanced diet you should be selecting whole, natural foods with the occasional treat thrown in. It should be your goal to consume foods that help you to feel satiated, and support your health. Not foods that are ‘low in calories’!
Getting A Consistent Amount Of Sleep
Your sleeping pattern will have a huge impact on both your mental and physical health. Going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning is key. Even on weekends! Pay attention to how you feel when getting varying amounts of sleep so you know how much you need. Again, a tracker can help you with this.
Seeking Support When You Need It
Everybody needs help from time to time, whether that’s a trusted friend, a therapist, or even a slip and fall lawyer. Don’t attempt to deal with everything going on in your life alone if you’re struggling to cope. Help is always out there!
Most people take shallow breaths, and this signals to the body that we are permanently stressed and anxious. By taking time each day to take deeper, longer breaths, we can signal to the body that we are perfectly calm, and this has many benefits.
Being Vigilant About How You Spend Your Time And Who You Spend It With
How you spend your time is important, because you’ll never get it back. You should be super mindful of how you spend your time and who you spend it with so you can live the happiest life imaginable.