A recent study by the Oregon State University and the University of Mississippi looked into the four pillars that create a healthy lifestyle: a healthy diet, recommended body fat percentage, being a non-smoker, and exercise.
Only 2.7% of Americans achieved all four pillars.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle, driving everywhere, stress, eating junk and processed food, and getting little sleep can lead to obesity, heart problems, depression, and a range of other health issues.
If you're ready for a change and would like to take better care of yourself, this guide will help you start on the right foot.
Read on below to see what you should include in your plan for health and live your life to the fullest.
Overhaul Your Diet
The first item on your healthy living plan is changing your diet.
What you eat is essential to your energy levels, muscle mass, weight, and brain health.
Be aware of what you're consuming every day and eliminate anything that isn't healthy, fresh, or unprocessed, including beverages.
Include more water, fruits, vegetables, lean meat, fish, complex carbs, and healthy fats.
Get Better Quality Sleep
They have linked poor quality sleep to depression, weight issues, heart problems, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If this left untreated, it can lead to more serious issues and chronic sleep disorders.
To improve your sleep, set a strict schedule for going to bed. Remove all electronics from the room and turn off all the lights.
You can play soothing music or meditation to help you fall asleep and you should get at least 7.5 hours of sleep to wake up refreshed the next morning.
Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle plan. In fact, regular movement can reduce your stress levels, help you sleep better, lose weight, and clear your mind.
Make time for working out at least three times a week. Like walking, hiking, fitness, playing sports, and even taking the stairs counts.
Finding time to unwind should be a priority in your healthy living plan.
Prolonged periods of stress make the body release stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that can wreak havoc on your entire system.
Some of the best ways to battle stress naturally are:
- Yoga and meditation
- Spending time in nature
- Playing with pets
Even a night out having fun with friends can take your mind off the things that stress you out.
Create Your Plan For Health and Wellness Today!
Your plan for health shouldn't be an elaborate list of items you can't afford or achieve. It should be simple, to the point, and easy to execute. These tips will help you create the best routine for your needs and lead you to a healthier, happier life.
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