New Habits for Healthy Living

When you want to stay in the best health possible there are three keys to keep in mind: nutrition, sleep, and exercise. Even if you have existing medical conditions that require medications on a daily basis if you stay on plan with these three regimes you’ll find a boost in your overall health.

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Nutrition is often overlooked in our busy everyday lives, but it’s what keeps our bodies running. Just like fuel for vehicles, food burns into energy and also replaces the nutrients our body burns each day. They trick to nutrition is to remember quality over quantity, and to make sure you eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Stay away from fast food and precooked meals and prepare fresh as often as possible. Avoid processed sugars and saturated fats and as long as you eat in moderation your body has the fuel it needs to function.

Sleep is often overlooked when it comes to health, as there sometimes seems to be not enough hours in the day to accomplish what we need to get done. Our bodies can’t “catch up” on sleep though, so you should insist on getting the proper amount you need. While the standard is eight hours per night some may be fine with five or six and others need nine or 10. Listen to your body and give it what it needs to make you feel your best.

Exercise should be a necessity, not an option. Even if you sit at a desk all day at work you should make a point of standing and stretching once every hour. Taking a 10 minute exercise break is optimum for your circulation. You should also strive to do at least 20 minutes of cardio exercise per day, either at home or at a gym. If working out with others inspires you do get your exercise then join a gym; if cost is an issue look for online discounts such as coupons from Groupon that can give you savings on workout centers such as 24 Hour Fitness.

The main thing to remember is consistency: eating, sleeping, and working out for a few days a month doesn’t cut it. You have to make all three your new habits, and do them on a regular basis to achieve maximum health benefits.