6 Habits of Fit and Healthy People
Typically, habits are viewed as bad or negative; interestingly enough, Webster’s defines the word habit as “a thing done often and hence easily, a usual way of doing, an addiction.” Adopting healthy habits are easier than you think; simply follow the example of fit & healthy people. By developing and including their top 6 ‘good to have’ habits you will be amazed at the significant impact on your day to day life.
According to WebMD the number 1 healthy habit is eating breakfast every morning. Breakfast eaters tend to consume more essential vitamins and minerals and less fat and cholesterol then non breakfast eaters. Breakfast eaters also report feeling happier, healthier, less stressed and mentally & physically better. Consume breakfast within an hour of waking up and include all 3 macro nutrients; fat, protein & carbohydrates.
Get Sufficient Sleep
Research is now suggesting the appropriate amount of sleep is unique to each individual and can vary from as little as 7 hours to as much as 9 hours per night. If you need an alarm clock to wake up chances are you are not getting enough sleep. Experts also recommend that if you are not waking refreshed and alert after sleeping consistently for 7.5 hours per night you may want to visit a sleep specialist.
Exercise on Most Days
CDC reports that 60% of Americans do not exercise regularly. The health benefits of exercise are huge. Exercise not only helps prevent obesity, diabetes, hypertension, helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol but did you know that exercise also helps you sleep better, gives you more energy, lowers your stress, puts you in a good mood, helps improve your balance, flexibility and coordination and even helps fight colds. Always include strength, cardiovascular and flexibility training in your fitness routine.
Be aware that feeling thirsty is not a good indicator of the need for hydration, by the time you are thirsty you have already lost over 1% of your total water. Did you know 66% of our bodies consist of water, it is contained in all of our organs and our brains are 75% water?
Eat Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits and vegetable not only contain a lot of essential vitamins and mineral but the high fiber content also helps to control blood sugar levels and cholesterol and finally the antioxidants are great for heart health. Aim for 5 to 9 servings every day and a variety of colors.
It seems positive, optimistic people live happier, healthier lives, are able to effectively cope with stress and participate in more physical activity than pessimistic people. According to the Mayo Clinic health benefits of positive thinking people include:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills