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Friday, August 9, 2019

7 Everyday Habits to Improve Your Overall Health

Health and wellness are among the best goals a person can aspire to. Not only does a physically, mentally, and emotionally sound person have better chances at a longer and better life, but they also serve as a role model to those around them. However, improving and maintaining your health requires a commitment to change, and sometimes life gets so overwhelming that it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together these seven practical everyday habits that will help you achieve overall health and wellness.

Check Yourself

First of all, start keeping your healthcare in check on a regular basis, particularly if you’re in your golden years. Regular check-ups with your physician should be a priority, as should staying up-to-date on your insurance policy. Plans change annually, so be sure you know what healthcare needs are covered by your policy. If you’re not covered for things like dental and vision care, consider going with a Medicare Advantage plan through a company like UnitedHealthcare. Even if you’re not a senior, make it a priority to get the most out of your insurance plan.

Eat the Good Stuff

You probably know how important diet is for your health. The hard part about eating healthy is that it’s often more convenient to eat unhealthily. However, if you cook meals at home more often than you eat out, you can have more control over how much sodium, sugar, and saturated fats you consume. Try to base your meals around items like fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and nuts, and you may be surprised by how much better you feel. 

Break a Sweat

Having a regular exercise routine is critical for your overall health. Having an exercise routine is also realistic, especially if you discover an activity you really enjoy doing. There are numerous types of exercise that benefit physical, mental, and emotional wellness. So, find something you like and you’ll be more likely to stay committed for the long haul. And if you’re the type of person who looks to others for motivation to stay in shape, consider looking into a gym membership. Planet Fitness, for example, offers memberships for as low as $10 a month, which is an incredibly affordable way to get your body in great shape.

Clean Up That Mess

Are things around your home starting to look a little messy? Have you let projects pile up to the point that they actually cause you stress and anxiety? If so, then it’s time to attack them, which will help your overall well-being in the long run. After all, in addition to the psychological aspects that clutter can cause, all of that dirt, grime, and dust associated with clutter can be harmful to your health. So, get organized, get rid of the things you don’t need, and give your home a good cleaning. And if you’re too exhausted after decluttering to do the cleaning yourself, bring in some professionals to give your place a good scrubbing. 

Sleep It Off

Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise when it comes to your health. Don’t be part of the one-third of American adults who suffer from sleep deprivation. Change your bedtime routine, remove distractions from your bedroom, or do anything else necessary to promote deep rest through the night. Your mind and body will be able to adequately recover and regenerate, you’ll feel like a million bucks, and you’ll be more productive throughout the day. 

Take a Break

Along with getting quality sleep, be sure to take breaks from your everyday obligations and do something relaxing every now and then. Go on a family camping trip for the weekend, skip the gym for a Tuesday night movie marathon, or pick your kid up from school early to go shopping. Also, find a hobby that helps you unwind, and try to do it weekly. 

Serve Others

While self-care is an integral part of your quest for all-around health, it’s also important to look for ways to help others. Volunteering at a local charity or another kind of organization is a great way to think about others and give back to your community. Plus, many types of volunteering involve physical activity, and it can also help fight stress, anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Moreover, volunteering can give your self-confidence and social life a boost. Look for ways to get out and volunteer regularly; you may get back more than you put in!

Overall health and wellness is not only something to aspire to, but it can also be obtained by making simple changes to your everyday life. Remember to go to regular checkups and make sure you’re getting what you need from your insurance coverage. Start eating better, getting exercise, and prioritizing sleep. Finally, find ways to relax, and help others through volunteering. Once you begin to develop good habits, the results will likely motivate you to keep going. 

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