8 Ways to Live Fuller
Drinking water regularly throughout the day is super important for maintaining a healthy body. Your water intake is essential for combating illness, enhancing mental health, and upholding your energy levels. Drinking plenty of water also has beauty effects. It is linked to many natural body processes such as burning fat and activating muscle tissue, hydrating skin to reduce wrinkles, flushing out toxins in the liver, and even acting as a natural stress reliever. For best practice, try to drink half your body weight in ounces a day and avoid sugary beverages like soda, sports drinks and juice concentrates. Add fruit to your water to enhance the flavor.
Something that will help you to drink more water, is to exercise regularly. Not only do you get the added benefit of reaching your daily hydration goal. Your body benefits by becoming stronger and healthier. Staying in shape increases more than just your physical health. Your mental health benefits too. Exercise has been proven to help fight depression, stroke, heart disease and arthritis. It releases endorphins, lifting your mood, and increasing your energy, and it promotes better sleep habits as well.
It should come as a given, that drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly, also motivates you to eat well. Aim to boost your health, inside and out. Maintaining a balanced diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, grains and lean proteins are vitally important to ensure that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. Check with your physician to see which foods you should be taking in.
Break Out of the Office
You don’t necessarily have to quit your job and drop everything, but take some time to go out and enjoy the outdoors. Break from routine and explore some nature hikes or take the trip you’ve been saving up for. Performing outdoor activities can lower stress levels and raise your mood.
Catch Up On Some Z’s
Undoubtedly it is hard to keep and maintain a normal sleep cycle. Whether it’s work, school, kids, or personal issues something always seems to interfere with that habit. However without rest, your brain becomes seriously at risk. A well-rested brain can help with emotional well-being, support a strong immune system, and perform better physically and mentally. It does it all. It’s recommended that adults get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Don’t Go In It Alone
It can be hard to make sure you stay on track and motivated all by yourself. Grab a family member, a friend or a SO who can act as your personal cheerleader while also raising their health. If you start off on your own, by the third or fourth week you might be in need of an encouragement boost. Take on a partner who needs to meet similar goals or just to push you to your limit.
Now this might sound tedious or only a logophile’s dream, but if you are committed to tracking your progress take notes. When striving for personal improvements with dieting, exercising, or sleep, taking notes is an important part of the process. Note taking gives you a secondary visual of your progress. It allows you to go in and add or subtract parts of your plan that can help you. And if you’re already sporting a smartwatch you might as well use it for its intended purpose.
See a Doctor
Keeping up with regular appointments is just as important as the other 7 tips. To avoid any surprises or irregularities, it's a good habit to see your dentist, optometrist, and physician twice a year. Don’t skip out on flu shots either!
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