We all know that it’s important to take care of your body. Unfortunately, understanding it and doing it are two different things.
But here’s the thing…
If you want to live your best life, you have to take care of your body, mind, and soul. There’s really no other way.
There are times when you may be able to coast by on good intentions, but autopilot mode will only get you so far.
In this post, we’ll cover a few reasons why you should create (and stick to) a daily health routine. And then, you’ll find some actionable tips you can follow to get the job done.
3 Reasons to Establish a Daily Health Routine
- Longevity is important
No one plans to have a short life. In fact, many of us live with the hope that life will get better in the days ahead. But if you don’t prioritize your health, there’s less of a chance that you’ll live the long life you’re after. Healthy habits promote healthy bodies – and that’s what you need if you want to live a long life.
- When you feel good, you do good
Everyone has goals they want to achieve. But what happens when you get out of bed and are dealing with an extreme case of brain fog? Or you’re too tired to get focused enough on the job at hand? You’re probably going to procrastinate in hopes that you’ll feel better later. But if you’re not taking good care of your body, later never comes. You’re likely to have more bad days than good ones, and that’s a significant productivity drain.
- Set a good example
If you have children – or other people who may look up to you – you can actually help them by helping yourself. When they see how well you’re doing in all areas of your life, they’re much more likely to mimic your habits. And in the case of children, they’re likely to emulate your habits anyway, so you may as well make them good ones.
How to Start a Daily Health Routine
Changing your habits can be easy when you start small. And over time, small changes can add up to a lot. Start by making the small changes on this list, and after you have those down, look for other ways to improve your health.
- Get better sleep
Many people suffer from insomnia, but even if you aren’t one of them, you probably aren’t sleeping as well as you could. Sleep is a crucial component of good health, so do what you can to fix what’s not working in your routine. Maybe you need to go to bed earlier, cut alcohol consumption or get a more comfortable mattress.
- Start your day with lemon water
Sleep is probably the longest stretch we go without any hydration, so it’s very important to rehydrate first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, most of us reach for coffee instead, which can be dehydrating. Start your day with a 12- to 16-ounce glass of lemon water, and you’ll find that you instantly feel better and ready to tackle your day. After that, you’re free to have that first cup of java – and it’ll be even better.
You probably already know this, but when you exercise, you’ll feel better. Not only will you boost feel-good brain chemicals known as endorphins, but your body will be stronger overall. It feels good to be fit and strong—and it doesn’t hurt that you’ll look better too. When we look good, we gain confidence, which can go a long way towards improving the day ahead.
- Eat a healthy breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, so try not to skip it. To make this a truly healthy habit, include a good source of protein, slow-release carbohydrates and fruits or vegetables to boost your vitamin and mineral content.
- Continue to stay hydrated
Our bodies are mostly made up of water, but we also lose a lot of hydration throughout the day. Try to drink as much water as you reasonably can to stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to try drinking half your body weight in ounces daily. So, if you weigh 140 pounds, target 70 ounces as your goal.
As you can see, the things on this list are extremely attainable. You don’t have to make major lifestyle changes to improve your health. Just try these simple shifts and see how your life improves.