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Simple Ways to Live Better
When it comes to women’s health and creating a healthy lifestyle, some recommendations are fairly simple. Like, exercising regularly and eating right. However, many don’t know how much exercise they should get or which foods are the best choices. And, they may not realize there are other ways to care for their bodies and minds to promote better overall health. So, this post shares simple ways to live better and healthier with these tips from wellness experts.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity at least five days a week. And, that’s because an active lifestyle can help you achieve far more than muscle mass or weight loss. Additionally, regular exercise like walking breaks can contribute to mental well-being.
The keys to a healthy diet are eating the right amount of calories for your activity level and eating a wide range of foods to ensure that you’re receiving all the nutrients your body needs. Make it a priority to eat lots of organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein, like turkey and fish, and drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated during your activities.
Get enough sleep.
Sleep plays an important role in good health and well-being. It can help improve your mental health, physical health, and quality of life. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours per night for adults and 9-11 hours for school-aged children. If you find sleep difficult, try implementing a consistent bedtime routine. And, avoid screen time immediately before lights out and eliminate caffeine after lunch.
Between juggling a career, family and other commitments, it’s easy to find things to stress over. Meditation and yoga can help better manage stress. Also, hobbies can help relieve stress and focus on an activity you enjoy. Aside from mental and emotional impacts, stress can also impact your physical health. So, it’s important to identify coping mechanisms that reduce overall stress.
Making time to socialize with friends and family is an important part of living a long and healthy life. Even if your schedule is packed, try to block out time at least once a week to spend with family and friends.
Break bad habits.
Whatever their nature, work to break bad habits by first acknowledging the problem then working to replace the negativity with alternatives that make a more positive impact on your life. Even a negative attitude can bring you down.
Make Better Food Choices
Maintaining a healthy diet can be easier than you think if you make your eating habits a priority and know how to make smart food choices. For the best results, choose foods from all five major food groups with help from these tips:
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and contain necessary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Rather than serving fruits with cream cheese or sugary sauces, opt for nut butters or organic honey, and toss raw, steamed, boiled or baked vegetables in olive oil, salt, and pepper instead of buttery sauces.
Select low-fat, lean cuts of meat and season them with herbs, spices, and low-sodium marinades. Baking, broiling, grilling, and roasting are the healthiest preparation methods. Try swapping ground beef for a lean or extra-lean cut, or opt for ground chicken or turkey instead. Non-meat protein options such as dry beans, peas and lentils can even be swapped for meat in recipes such as lasagna or chili.
Choose skim or non-dairy milk, like soy, rice or almond milk, and use low-fat or part-skim cheeses in recipes. Nonfat or Greek yogurt can replace sour cream in many recipes and options like sherbet and soft-serve frozen yogurt are lower in fat than ice cream.
Choose products that list whole grains as the first ingredient, as they are low in fat and high in fiber. Some easy swaps include whole-grain flour, pasta, and rice, as well as bypassing doughnuts and pastries for English muffins or bagels and opting for unsalted pretzels instead of potato chips. Add some variety with tasty organic items like flavored popcorns and tortilla chips.
Fats, oils, and sweets
Too many high-fat foods can add excess calories to your diet, which can lead to weight gain and obesity, or increase your risk for certain health issues. However, a small amount of heart-healthy fat is actually good for you. When it comes to sweets, fig bars and gingersnaps make for healthy alternatives to cookies. Also, beware of calorie-laden condiments and opt for nonfat and light mayonnaise and salad dressings instead. Source: Some photos courtesy of Getty Images. Content source: Walgreens
So, implementing some, or all of these “simple ways to live better” tips can only put you on a healthier path in life. Making good choices and decreasing your bad habits can increase your longevity and quality of life.
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