When it comes to our health and wellness it is easy to over complicate and underestimate what truly promotes healthy habits, so today I want to offer you the thought that being healthy doesn't have to be hard.
In fact it can be quite simple with the right mindset and the right practices.
Here are 5 simple things you can do every day to promote your health that won't cost you a thing:
1. Hydrate. Hydrating is the #1 thing you can do for your health. Your body needs water to function properly. Every cell, tissue and organ depends on water to do what it needs to do to keep you healthy. Staying hydrated helps to keep your energy levels up and combat fatigue. It promotes healthy skin, joints, a healthy heart and detoxification. Aim for 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water every day and if you're not yet close to that, work your way up by adding a glass or two a day.
2. Breathe Deeply. Deep breathing can have a big impact on your health. It helps to alleviate stress, improve mental clarity and boost energy. Just a few minutes of deep breathing every day can leave you feeling less stressed, more energetic and youthful.
3. Eat Mindfully. We have become a mindless society of multitasking, trying to do it all and yet obesity rates, stress and poor health are increasing. It's time to disconnect and be present - especially while eating. Put your phone away, turn the TV off, eat slowly. Put your fork down between bites, chew and taste your food. Take notice of your hunger levels. Check-in and ask yourself "am I still hungry?" You may be surprised to find that your hunger is satisfied before your plate is empty.
4. Walk. Walking is an amazing form of exercise that is available to you - free of charge. Walking just 10 minutes a day can help to lower your blood pressure, increase your energy, improve your brain function and promote a healthy weight. Just 10 minutes a day equals 70 minutes a week; 280 minutes a month and 3,640 minute a year - clear evidence that little by little small steps add up to a lot.
5. Be Curious. Get curious about your body and how it responds to your daily life. What foods and activities make it feel it's best? What brings it down? Slowing down and taking notice of how your body is responding is an important part of supporting your overall and long-term health. Focusing on and doing more of what works keeps you healthy and inspires you to keep going - when we feel good we do good.
Take these habits with you and return to them often. Notice the shifts in your mindset and your health when you return to the basics, when you remember that small steps every day lead to a great big beautiful journey.
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