8 Steps to a Healthier You

Are you looking for ways to increase your well-being? Living in this 24/7 society can make it difficult to be healthy and fit. According to a recent survey only 7% of the American population is satisfied. Therefore, one at a time I shall be sharing my trusty tips and tricks with all of you Scriptoeris readers.

Work it out

One of the greatest ways to relieve stress is to literally sweat it off. There are many physical activities that can give you a great workout; you just need to find the right fit for you. If you are looking to increase your flexibility and eliminate tension in your joints, yoga can help you burn on average 356 calories/hour. Looking for a more relaxed exercise? Mid-speed walking can burn as much as 444 calories/hour. Want to meet new people? Team sports allow you to burn anywhere between 600-900 calories/hour, depending on how vigorous the activity is. Whether you choose to exercise with a group of people, a buddy, or independently, there is always a way to stay fit and healthy.

Snack right

If you are anything like me, you probably crave snacks at any time , actually all the time during the day. Snacks do not have to be an unhealthy option. Doctors recommend eating five to six small meals throughout the day to higher your metabolism. Not only this but instead of reaching for soda or coffee, wake up in the morning with a freshly mixed smoothie. Bake whole grain muffins instead of chocolate-chunk cookies. Trade your Pop-Tart for a whole-grain granola bar for breakfast. Add peanut butter to carrots and celery for a tasty, crunchy snack on the go. Stock your fridge with fresh produce to get your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Buddha wisely said, “To keep the body in good health is a duty; otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

Get beauty rest

It is recommended that adults get on average eight hours of sleep every night. Insufficient sleep can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease. Sleep deprivation is growing globally. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 20% of Americans reported that they get less than 6 hours of sleep a night on average. Getting enough sleep can help you better focus on daily tasks and increase your productivity. Hop into bed earlier and catch some zs tonight.

Connect with loved ones

I live by the saying you can always make time for the ones you love. No matter how busy your life can become, it is important to set aside time to connect with beloved family members and friends. Having a healthy social life can help reduce stress, increase your sense of belonging, and improve your self-worth. Pick up the phone and call your best friend with daily updates. Skype your parents to tell them good news. Each conversation is a good reminder that you are never alone.

Get organized

There is no better feeling than crossing a task of your to-do list. Start by prioritizing your objectives. What needs to be done first? Rank each task in order from most to least important to complete. Block out some time in your schedule to tidy up your living space to alleviate stress. No matter if you decide to organize at the end of every day, week, or month, it will increase your productivity levels. Clear space, clear mind.

Unplug

Many of us have an electronic device (or two) within our reach at all times, especially at night. Checking social media accounts as the last thing you do before going to bed can greatly affect how fast you are able to fall asleep. Your mind will become active as it gathers new information from websites, making it increasingly difficult to rest your mind after a long day. It is not uncommon for people to surf the web after tossing and turning for hours, but this only increases restlessness. Remember, technology can wait.

Stay hydrated

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but really, it is water. According to the Textbook of Medical Physiology, 57% of the human body is made up of water. Be sure to drink a glass of water before every meal to higher your metabolism. Water.org found that 3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease. Drinking enough fluids is one of the greatest ways to boost your immune system and protect yourself from contracting an illness. Stock up on plastic water bottles and bring them on the go.

Enjoy your living space

Have you ever heard of feng shui decorating? It is a principle often used in interior design to help individuals create a unique, serene environment to live in. When you step into your bedroom, is it a peaceful place? Does your office space encourage productivity? Feng shui decor adds positive energy to your living space. After coming home from long day of work, it is important to feel comfortable in your living space and to feel that it suits your needs. Don’t just live in a house; make it your home.