How to Stay Healthy with 10 Simple Health Tips
Staying healthy doesn’t need to be difficult or overwhelming. If you’re looking to live an active, energetic life free of health complications, the easiest way to accomplish that goal is to ensure that you practice these 10 simple health tips every day!
1) Eat Vegetables
As they say, you are what you eat. Vegetables are bursting with disease-fighting nutrients and vitamins and can help you lose weight. If cooking isn’t your strong suit, don’t fret—there are plenty of ways to incorporate vegetables into your diet. Consider adding spinach and artichoke dip to your next party platter or topping a big green salad with strawberries, almonds, feta cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and chicken for lunch. Try a veggie omelet or frittata at breakfast time, or whip up an easy vegetable stir-fry at dinnertime. Include vegetables in everything from sandwiches and salads to pasta dishes—you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how delicious healthy eating can be! The fact is that we need veggies—and lots of them. Eat between seven and 13 servings per day (1 serving = 1 cup raw leafy greens, 1⁄2 cup cooked broccoli, 1⁄2 cup raw broccoli, 2 cups chopped tomatoes).
Over time you should aim to fill half your plate with dark-green veggies such as broccoli, spinach, collards, and kale (otherwise known as low-calorie foods), one quarter with orange veggies like carrots and peppers (to add more flavor), and one quarter made up of starchy reds like sweet potatoes (healthy carbohydrates). By filling most of your plate with dark greens rather than empty carbs such as white rice or pasta —these tend to raise insulin levels too quickly leading to inflammation —you will feel yourself much better by eating healthier foods.
2) Keep your body hydrated
Dehydration has a whole host of negative effects on your body, including fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and low energy. It also can have serious health implications if left untreated; dehydration can quickly turn into heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Staying hydrated will keep your energy up and make sure you’re in good health. If you’re sick, consider drinking hot tea with honey to soothe your throat and help ward off a cold or flu bug.  Drink plenty of water throughout the day, whether you’re feeling under the weather or not.
Why it's important: Dehydration is something most people don't often think about until they're truly suffering from it. Usually, dehydration symptoms like thirst are ignored or downplayed as not that bad, when in reality they're signals that your body is really hurting and looking for moisture. As anyone who's ever suffered from any kind of kidney issues knows full well, dehydration isn't just an uncomfortable way to live—it can kill you without early intervention.
3) Exercise regularly
You’ve heard it before, but don’t think it doesn’t apply to you. Regular exercise can do wonders for your health and well-being—it may even boost your mood and help prevent some diseases. Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week can be enough for a healthy adult. If you want a more specific number: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, plus two days of muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, arms, and hands). This can include things like yoga or housework.
4) Take time for yourself
It’s easy to get bogged down by daily life and lose sight of what really matters—taking care of yourself. It’s important for your mental and physical health to set aside time for activities that you enjoy: a long walk, meditating, journaling, or talking with friends and family. You can also take care of yourself by surrounding yourself with things that bring you joy. For example, if flowers brighten your day then try buying some every once in a while. The bottom line is we all deserve self-care; make it part of your weekly routine.
5) Sleep early and well
If you’re working on a business idea, you’ll need plenty of sleep (and good nutrition) in order to stay productive. Getting up and getting enough shut-eye is important for everyone, but entrepreneurs often take it for granted. Set a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends and holidays. The average American sleeps only 6 hours and 50 minutes per night (no wonder we feel tired!), so aim for at least 7 hours each night. Find ways to clear your mind before bed—listen to soothing music or read a book; focus on keeping your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool. Finally, don’t underestimate naps!
6) Wake up fresh and early
If you wake up fresh and early for a day you are going to have a great day. In fact, it gives you more time in your morning to get other things done that would otherwise make your morning much more complicated. If you wake up at 7 am, then by 8 am go on a short jog which can increase your immune system by 20 percent, by 9 am prepare breakfast, run errands around town, clean your house, and lastly relax before heading off to work/school. This is not just limited to adults but children as well! Studies show kids who are able to wake up early are much more productive throughout their entire day; meaning they pay attention longer in class which leads them to be more successful academically than those who did not wake up early enough.
7) Have control over what you eat
No matter how healthy your diet is, you won’t reap its benefits if you eat when you’re not hungry or are in a rush. If you find yourself eating on the go or mindlessly snacking throughout your day, try using a timer to help slow down and put food into proper perspective. Try setting a five-minute timer and waiting until it rings before eating. It will take some of your focus off eating, so you’ll be less likely to overindulge. After time has elapsed, ask yourself: Am I really hungry?
8) Meditate and do yoga
The mind-body connection is real. As yogis and meditators have known for years, it's important to pay attention to how your body feels as you navigate stressful times. When you’re calm, your muscles relax and when you’re relaxed in more ways than one, it allows your whole being—including your muscles—to heal faster. A good way to keep stress from wrecking your belly: meditation. Research has shown that a 20-minute mindfulness meditation session can decrease levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) by almost 25%. And if you don't like guided meditation? There are plenty of YouTube videos out there to help get you started on practicing mindfulness at home. Try putting in earphones, lighting a candle, and picking up exactly where we left off here. You'll be amazed at how such simple techniques can have such amazing results!
9) Listen to music and laugh a lot.
The human body needs rest. Listening to music and laughing can help you relax and sleep better. Laughing lowers stress and helps reduce tension in your body, which makes it easier for you to fall asleep when you want to. And both laughter and music can lift your mood, making daily activities more enjoyable.
10) Prioritize your life
In your pursuit of success, it’s easy to focus solely on your goals and let everything else fall by the wayside. But you need to prioritize your life and make sure you are fulfilling your basic needs so that you can reach those big goals. Go back and re-evaluate whether or not you’re meeting all of your basic needs first. Then, map out a schedule that reflects what’s most important in your life today—not tomorrow—so that you can succeed while also living a balanced life.