If you’re anything like me, these tips have been drilled in your brain since you were a kid. But somehow I still forget to practice them! Here’s a happy little reminder list of ways to make each day just a little bit healthier.
1. Drink more water
Wake up with a big glass of water and continue to drink it throughout the day. I try to keep a large water bottle by my side as a reminder, and sometimes I like to add a squeeze of lemon, sprig of mint, or even a splash of juice to keep things a little more interesting.
2. Get your 5 a day
We all already know this one, but somehow it just doesn’t always happen. Remember that you teach your body what foods to enjoy–if you load up on fruits and vegetables regularly, you’ll start to crave them more and more.
3. Don’t forget to move
In the words of our beloved Bob Marley, “get up, stand up.” And what’s more, “go on, put your hands up.” Ok, I get it, he probably wasn’t singing about the fact that Americans aren’t getting nearly enough exercise, but we aren’t. So, you know, get up!
4. Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation not only leads to workday sluggishness, but it can also cause weight gain, memory loss, poor motor skills, and increased illness. The general rule is to aim for 7 to 8 hours a night, but just get to know your own body. You may be running strong on 6 hours or might need more like 9 to really feel your best. I do know that good sleep doesn’t come easy to all of us no matter how hard we try, so if it’s a problem for you, definitely bring it up with your doctor.
5. Make time to breathe
For many people, the word “meditation” has them running for the hills faster than you can say “I only drink 100% organic non-gmo raw flaxmilk.” You don’t have to be granola to get the benefits of taking a few deep breaths. Calming down your mind for a few minutes can have a huge impact on your mental and physical health.