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5 Healthy things you should be doing every day

With our jam-packed lives, it can be easy to put the commitment to a healthy lifestyle on the back burner. But when you incorporate these five easy things into your life on a daily basis, you’ll be well on your way to keeping yourself healthy!

Woman eating a healthy breakfast

Start your day with a healthy breakfast

The most important meal of the day didn’t get that moniker by accident! While it may be easy to head out the door in the morning without giving breakfast a second thought, a person who doesn’t take the time for breakfast will miss out on several health benefits, including these:

  • Gives you a morning energy boost that will aid in productivity and prevent the mid-morning slump.
  • Helps maintain healthy weight.
  • Boosts metabolism. Fuels up your body right from the start of the day.
  • Helps you meet your daily nutritional requirements.

Drink plenty of water

Every cell in your body requires water to function, so it’s vital to your health to stay hydrated. Get into the habit of drinking your eight glasses of water a day to keep your body working efficiently. Here are a few other reasons to drink up:

  • Aids in digestion.
  • Relieves fatigue so you won’t feel sluggish during the day.
  • Helps flush away toxins.
  • Keeps your skin healthy and smooth.

Move your body

There are many well-known reasons to add exercise to your daily routine, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend all your time at the gym or in Zumba class! By maintaining a regular workout schedule and leading an active lifestyle, you’ll keep yourself on the right track for better health. Just a few benefits of keeping active include these:

  • Keeps your body strong and toned.
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Improves the quality of sleep.

Get the proper amount of sleep

It might not be easy to get in 6–8 hours of sleep every night, but sleep is important for overall health. A good night’s sleep makes a person feel energized and refreshed, whereas a lack of sleep can cause a person to feel drowsy, affect judgment and may lead to a host of health problems. Here are some other reasons to get some shut-eye:

  • Reduces inflammation, which is linked to heart disease and stroke.
  • Improves memory.
  • Aids in maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Helps build a stronger immune system.

Have some “me time”

Not only do we need to take care of our physical health, we need to care of our emotional health as well. So take a break from your day-to-day obligations for some “me time.” It’s unlikely your world will come crashing down when you take time to nurture your spirit, but if it does, you’ll feel better equipped to handle it! Here are some of the reasons to make a habit of taking some “me time”:

  • Reduces stress.
  • Allows you to regain focus.
  • Aids in finding personal contentment.
  • Helps validate your sense of self-worth.

More healthy living ideas

The one-week healthy swaps challenge
Mind and body balance
The art of meditation

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