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Keep Healthy in Body and Mind

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How healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every day? Think of your body as your physical shell to take you through life. If you repeatedly abuse it with unhealthy habits, your shell will wear out quickly. Life is beautiful and you don’t want to bring yourself down with unnecessary health problems. In this article, I’ll share with you 8 tips to live a healthier life. Bookmark this article and save the tips, because they are going to be vital in living a healthier life.

Purge negative people from your life: Positive mental health is an important part of a healthy life. You don’t need toxic people in your life. If you feel that a friend is overly critical or negative, then let them go!

Breathe deeply: Oxygen is a vital source of life. You may know how to breathe, but are you breathing properly? Most of us don’t breathe properly and take shallow breaths, only using a third of our lung capacity. Athletes are coached with proper breathing techniques to better their performance. A full breath is one where your lungs are completely filled, your abdomen expands and there’s minimum movement in your shoulders. Try taking a deep breath at least once every half hour. I promise you’ll feel better.

Drink more water: Most of us actually don’t drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our body to function. Do you know over 70% of our body is made up of water? Water is needed to carry out our body functions, remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since we lose water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing, we need to replenish our water intake.

Get enough sleep: When you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more. Usually it’s junk food. Get enough rest and you don’t need to snack to stay awake. Also, lack of sleep causes premature aging, and you wouldn’t want that.

Eat well: Many of us rely on external influences to tell when we’re full, such as whether everyone has finished eating, whether your plate was empty or not. These are irrelevant. Look at internal cues, such as whether your stomach feels full or not. Don’t feel obligated to eat just because there’s still food at the plate. Personally I like to stop when I feel about 3/4 full. If I eat until I’m completely full, I feel uncomfortable as my digestive system goes into overdrive.

Learn to say no: Don’t feel like you have to eat just because you’re out with your friends, or because other people offer you food. Simply say no and say you’re not hungry if you don’t feel like eating. But this principle applies in all areas of life. Do not put yourself in compromising or uncomfortable situations simply because you fear disappointing others with the words “no“.

Snack well: Have healthy snacks. If you’re hungry during work, eat healthy snacks, like fruits, salads, and fruit juices. These are nutritional and don’t give you that sugar rush. Have them readily available so you can dive in for a munch and stop when you’d had your fill. Get away from cookies and candy bars.

Find a fitness friend: You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, so the more time you spend around healthy people, both those of mind and body, the healthier you are likely to be. Eat with people who are health conscious and get workout buddies. It makes healthy living even more fun.

Save this article guys and integrate these tips into your life. Share some health tips with your family and friends too to help them stay healthy.

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Ama Badu

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