So, you want to live a healthy life!
That is awesome.
If you’re like most people, you also want clear, easy to follow instructions.
You want the basics that will give you the biggest results.
That is why I have created this list.
However, there’s something you should know.
Living a Healthy Life: FYI
Nobody can do all 10 things on this list consistently every single day.
There will be some days where you will do 6 out of 10.
Other days you may do only 1 out of 10.
It’s very important that you have grace for yourself.
Always forgive yourself on the days that you don’t do everything on this list.
With that said, let’s get into the list.
10 Best Healthy Life Tips You Need to Do!
1. Exercise for 30 minutes, 5 days a week
The official recommendation is that every adult should exercise for 60 minutes a day.
A lot of people struggle to achieve this target (myself included).
However, it’s not a bad goal to strive for.
If you are able to fit in 60 minutes a day, please keep doing it!
Otherwise, 30 minutes might be more attainable!
In fact, if you’re planning to workout 30 minutes, 5 days a week, you still may not meet that goal.
But maybe you will end up exercising for 30 minutes 2 days a week.
That’s still better than exercising 0 minutes 0 days a week.
You feel me?
2. Drink 8 glasses of water
You already saw this one coming, right?
A healthy life begins with hydration.
Did you know that over 70% of the earth’s surface is water?
More interestingly, YOU are made up of more than 50% water!
The best tip to make sure that you hit your water goal is to get a 24 oz cup.
Ideally, you want one of those ones that come with a straw.
There is something about drinking water from a straw that makes it easier and faster.
You can also add some fruit to your water to give it a slight flavor (and to make the water look extra fancy! haha).
3. Eat 3 cups of veggies everyday!
My husband thinks this recommendation is crazy.
I think it’s totally doable with some effort.
There are even websites that recommend eating 5 cups of vegetables a day.
Truth is, there’s honestly no upper limit.
As long as you’re eating enough calories, you can eat as much vegetables as you want.
Think of three cups as just a nice goal to shoot for.
Again, this is just like the exercise goal.
You may not succeed at eating three cups of vegetables a day.
But because you’ve set this goal, you will probably eat more vegetables than if you didn’t have a goal.
4. Use the Clock App to Sleep 7 – 8 Hours
I recently found out about a cool new feature on the iPhone.
Actually I don’t know if it’s a new feature but I just found out about it.
Basically, the clock app allows you to set a bedtime and a wake time.
The app also calculates roughly how long it will take you to fall asleep.
So, when it is your bedtime, you get a little notification telling you to get your butt to bed.
I don’t always listen to it.
But I love it.
I love that it also tracks my sleep.
This way, there is data to keep me honest when I want to claim that I get enough sleep.
5. Set two achievable goals
And speaking of goals, it is a great idea to set two achievable goals every day.
Anyone in the world of fitness will tell you the same thing.
And that is:
You may get into fitness because you want to look a certain way. But you will get out of fitness, a type of self-confidence you never knew was possible
In fact if you have taken the advice so far, you already have two achievable goals on your to-do list.
- Exercise for 30 minutes 5 days a week
- Eat 3 cups of vegetables a everyday
Of course, you can have other goals as well.
The important thing is to just have goals and do your best to achieve them.
6. Share a joke with a friend
An important part of living a healthy life is mental health.
Nothing is as good for the soul as a good belly laugh shared with a friend you love.
Try not to be so serious with life that you never have time to just laugh about stupid things that you saw on Instagram.
This is something I personally have to remind myself of.
7. Rest for 1 hour or more
It can be tough when you have a busy lifestyle but this is very important.
Take time to rest and recharge.
Maybe at lunch.
Or perhaps after dinner when the kids are in bed.
This is not the time to try to catch up on work or try to do one more thing.
You do so much for others.
You deserve to rest.
8. Meditate for 15 minutes
Yes, get your “oomms” in! haha
Meditation is a great way to deal with all the natural stress that comes with life.
If you can, find some headspace for just 15 minutes.
There’s no need to make this extremely complicated.
Just find a quiet place and breathe.
Many people recommend just paying attention to your breathing.
It may be tough the first time you try this.
But you can do it.
I’ve recently started meditating for 1 minute every morning. LOL!
As you can see, that’s barely anything.
Maybe one day, I’ll get to 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, then finally 15 minutes!
9. Eat one piece of fruit
This is one of my favorites.
Try to get at least one piece of fruit into your diet everyday.
Fruit is great because it’s a perfect source of antioxidants and fiber.
I like to think of fruit as nature’s candy!
10. Strive for equanimity
This is related to the point on meditation.
Equanimity is basically the ability to stay calm under almost all circumstances.
It is that Zen vibe that you get from people that are old and wise.
This sense of equanimity just makes life more doable.
Eating healthy is doable when you have equanimity.
Exercise is doable when you have equanimity.
Basically, equanimity just makes everything better.
I hope you enjoyed these 10 doable tips for living a healthy life.
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