Almost everyone aspires to be healthier, but many people don’t make it past the contemplation stage. If you are one of those people, consider these tips to help you begin your journey toward a healthy lifestyle.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
The United States Departments of Agriculture (USDA) recommends filling half of your plate with healthy fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and they are low in fat. Fruits and vegetables can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of some cancers, and they can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Drink More Water
Water helps remove toxins from the body, aids in metabolism and hydrates the brain. People who don’t drink enough water can become dehydrated quickly, especially during hot weather. If you drink mostly soft drinks, coffee or tea, try replacing at least half of those liquids with water each day.
Decrease Your Screen Time
If you are always watching a screen, whether it is a television, computer or tablet, you are probably sitting most of the day. Sitting for long hours in one position contributes to obesity. In fact, some researchers have described too much sitting as having some of the same health effects as smoking! When you are not in front of a screen, you are more likely to engage in activities that require movement.
Get a Least 8 Hours of Sleep Each Night
The amount of sleep you get can impact your health. Eight hours of sleep not only helps you feel rested, but sleep quality also affects body weight. People who get adequate sleep tend to be healthier overall.
Prepare More Meals at Home
Many Americans eat out on a regular basis. And, most of those meals are full of fat, salt and sugar. If you eat out several times a week, trade a few of those meals for healthier home prepared options like a green salad with baked or grilled chicken or a bowl of homemade vegetable soup.