So you want to live a healthier lifestyle but don’t want to drastically change how you live. Maybe you’re not the gym type, or have the income to eat completely healthy everyday. When looking to improve your health, consistency along with having realistic goals are the most important parts. The following are a few very simple things you can add to each day to improve your health and energy levels.
Take a lesson from your cat because the benefits of napping are far more than what you know. Think of mammals in general. We’re among the few species that doesn’t nap, and that’s mostly because of societal pressures. We tend to look at people who take naps as unproductive and unambitious. However, it’s quite the contrary. Think of it this way; all those times that you’re reaching for a cup of coffee or energy drink, it’s your body asking you for a recharge not a boost. Some of the benefits of napping include alertness, creativity, health, mood, and money. Just think of how expensive energy drinks are. There’s actually a science to naps. The ideal nap according to Dr. Mednick is 90 minutes long. That should give you a complete recharge. However, a power nap (20 minutes) will do the trick just fine. For more on naps click the link below.
Besides being refreshing, water also helps with the general functions of the body. When it comes to an issue with skin, headaches, joints, weight, and even money, a good question to ask is, “Am I drinking enough water?” Dehydration is an issue that greatly affects the body and mind. We should look at water as oil to a machine. It’s a natural lubricant for our functionality. Several studies have shown the benefits of routine consumption.
So how much is enough? Everyone is different so the needed amount will vary from person to person. It all depends on lifestyle and diet. Truthfully, the only way to tell if you’re drinking enough water is by your urine. Yup, sorry it went there but it’s undoubtedly true. Gold is not the color we’re looking for in this situation. The general rule of thumb is to have it looking as close to water as possible.
Now I mentioned before water could help save you some money. This is also true. Think about all the money you spend on sodas, coffee, juice, etc. Now replace that with the cost of a reusable water bottle. After about a week the money you save could be very significant.
I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t always like stretching. I used to be the type of person that would skip stretching and jump right into my workout. That was fine until the day I pulled a hamstring and since then I’ve been a big fan. Anyway, stretching can help in your everyday life. The major benefits of stretching are of course flexibility, range of motion, and injury prevention. But the most important benefit in my opinion is stress relief. People often don’t realize the physical toll that stress puts on the body. Stress will literally manifest into tightness in the muscles. Stretching will alleviate this making you feel instantly better.
So how often and how long should you stretch? There’s no real right or wrong answer to this. Frankly, it depends on your activity level. I would say to follow and easy stretching routine 2-3 times a week. Even if you wanted to do once a week, when it comes to stretching anything is better than nothing. Click the link below for a simple morning stretching routine you can complete in less than 10 minutes.
Other than water this is probably the most important item on this list. Bottom line stress = poor health. Meditation has been proven to lower blood pressure and increase immunity. You can gain an entirely different outlook on life once you learn to quiet your mind from all the outside noise. When done correctly you experience a natural high and wholeness with yourself. Mental health and emotional balance are the keys to remaining healthy and indulging in a better lifestyle. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the pressures in life. When that happens it helps to have a way to put everything into perspective. If you have never meditated before I suggest looking up Dr. Wayne Dyer. He has an amazing morning mediation that prepares you for any day. You can check it out by clicking the link below.