If you want to be rich, find someone who is rich and follow their habits. If you want to be healthy, learn the habits of healthy people and mirror them. It’s a simple method to helping yourself to a world of good health and fitness. One of the easiest habits to mimic, particularly if you workout and sweat, is to drink plenty of water. It chases away the mental fuzziness, makes you more alert. While the average is about two liters or eight 8-ounce glasses, some people need more on days they profusely perspire. Carry water with you at all times and sip on it frequently.
Exercise is another important habit.
You didn’t expect me to skip this one did you? I preach the health benefits of exercising all the time. People who are the healthiest get about 30 minutes of exercise each day. While it may not be at a gym, they’re always moving. One study showed that while 150 minutes was adequate exercise to bring health benefits, 170 minutes or more each week was even better.
Healthy people eat healthy with loads of fruits and vegetables.
It’s harder to get all the nutrition you need today. Studies show that many of the nutrients are in shorter supply, since our fruits and vegetables contain less than they did just 20 to 30 years ago. To make matters worse, pesticides are often found in fresh fruits and veggies, plus there’s the threat of GMO foods. Start by avoiding processed food. Do yourself a favor and select an abundance of organic fresh fruits, vegetables and meat or protein source for your diet. Consider grass fed beef and eggs from free range chickens to maximize the nutrition. Create a meal that has a wide selection of different colors to provide the most different types of nutrients.
They laugh a lot and enjoy the company of others.
Healthy people are often social people. They smile more than twice as much as the average person, according to studies. Smiling activates the pleasure center of the brain and provides a bigger response than even chocolate. One smile is produces a reaction in the brain center that’s the equivalent of eating 2,000 chocolate bars…and it contains no calories! In fact, a study at Wayne State University in 2010 that used the player cards of Major League baseball players from 1952 found that those who smiled in their picture had a life span five years longer.
Healthy people meditate. While they might not call it that, they have a method, whether it’s through breathing or just mindful mental calming, which lowers blood pressure and stress levels.
Healthy people are always learning. They keep their mind active and stay interested in the world around them.
Healthy people start their day like a cat, with a good stretch of all their body parts.
Healthy people have good sleep habits. Exercise can help you sleep, but good sleep hygiene, which includes going offline and shutting down the television, is up to you.
Tyler Meredith July 18, 2017 at 9:55 pm | Permalink |
I like that you mention how healthy people eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. This seems obvious but it makes sense that rather than snacking on some sort of dip or chip, they might choose an apple or bag of carrots. This is one area that I really need to improve and I think that having a specific nutrition plan could really help me because having a guide could make it much easier to remember.
Stephen Novak July 26, 2017 at 6:00 am | Permalink |
Thanks for this awesome resource, Reggie! Healthy habits are so important to practice as often as you can. It’s important to ingrain these habits within yourself as they will lead to a much happier and healthier life.
One of my favorite healthy habits is to drink a “green drink” every day. I usually add spring mix and frozen fruits, plus anything else I have in the kitchen that I think might work out.
Anyway, I enjoyed this article and I hope to read more like this in the future from you!