3 Simple Everyday Actions to Help You Take Charge of Your Health
Lead a healthier, happier life by making these simple, everyday actions a regular part of your daily routine!
It’s easy to feel like health is something that is simply handed to you through your genetics. Thankfully, there is actually a lot you can do to ensure you stay mentally and physically well. Read on for some everyday actions you can make part of your lifestyle that require little effort but offer maximum benefits.
1.) Take Ten
Everyone has heard all about the benefits of exercise, but did you know it takes just 10 minutes of physical activity a day to improve your health? That small segment of time—just a sixth of an hour—is enough to boost your energy, sharpen your mind, lift your mood, and even improve your skin health!
Even though it’s just 10 minutes, choosing something you enjoy is the best way to commit to exercising. After all, if you don’t look forward to it, chances are you won’t stick with it. Think of something fun that gets your heart beating a little faster. Dancing, doing yoga, or briskly walking are a few things you can do without even investing in new equipment.
Springing for something new, on the other hand, is also a great way to give yourself an incentive. Maybe you’d enjoy getting back on a bicycle, or try your skills with inline skates. Both not only mean getting some exercise but also catching some time in the great outdoors.
If you opt for two wheels, LifeHacker recommends selecting a bike based on the type of riding you want to do. For instance, hitting rugged terrain calls for a mountain bike, while a traditional cruiser is fine for tooling around your neighborhood. If a pair of new skates are calling your name, there is a surprising variety of options and features. From skates you can customize to your foot via buckles or buttons to indoor/outdoor versions. Sort through some online reviews to find your perfect pair.
2.) Fresh Air and Sunshine
More than ever before, we spend a lot of time inside. We sit in front of screens for our work-life entertainment, to the point we are becoming nature-deprived. Getting into the great outdoors is jam-packed with healthy perks, so why not make it part of your ultra-easy health program?
Start out with getting some sunshine every day. As Nordic Naturals explains, vitamin D—the sunshine vitamin—is crucial to your well-being, providing important building blocks for your neurological, musculoskeletal, metabolic, cardiovascular, and brain health. Similarly, getting fresh air is particularly good for you. You can lower your blood pressure, improve digestion, strengthen your immune system, and sharpen your mind.
You can obviously take your exercise program outdoors, but don’t worry if you would rather lounge on the patio and save your workout for in the gym. You’ll still enjoy those brain- and body-boosting perks that fresh air and sunshine offer!
3.) Peace and Quiet
We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with sounds, sights, and information, and as Psych Central says, it’s easy for our senses and minds to feel the effects. We need rest and quiet to refill our energy levels and decompress from the stress of the day, and when we don’t get it, we risk getting frazzled and burned out. We also can lose touch with our priorities and become overwhelmed with sensory chaos.
Make sure you take some quiet time for yourself every day. A few minutes of meditation, going for a stroll, sitting with a beloved pet, or just listening to soothing music can give your mind and body the quiet time necessary to heal from sensory overload, and then you’ll be ready to take on the world again.
Are you ready to take charge of your health? Snag some quick exercise, get out into the great outdoors, and spend some time healing from the stress and busyness of our chaotic world. With these simple, everyday actions, you’ll soon feel fabulous from head to toe!
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