Every day, I hear a new buzz word or recommendation for the perfect diet, or best detox, or some other lofty claim associated with the newest product or trend focused around health and wellness. It is possible that there are major leaps being made in healthcare, in fact there certainly are. Enough that there are probably new products released all the time that will help you to stay healthy. Some products prevent or treat a specific system or disorder, but others are just for general maintenance. I am not discouraging you from buying any of these products, I just think that there are some basic routines and habits you can follow that will keep you healthy or at least keep you on the right track, without spending a ton of money. Not only will you save money on nonsense products, but you will also be creating a more consistent lifestyle that can be maintained throughout the entire year, unlike these fad diets and trends that call for a burst of commitment before allowing you to go right back to the same unhealthy lifestyle you were committed to before. If you want to learn a few tips to help you keep on track without the flashy diets and products, then keep reading.
Drink Plenty of Water
I am sure you have heard this before, but staying hydrated really is a huge part of our health and wellbeing. I once heard someone say that 80% of the time that you think you are hungry, you are really just thirsty. Most people tend to confuse these two signals and have a hard time listening to the thirst, often choosing to eat instead. You can go online to calculate just exactly how much water you should be drinking based on your height, weight, and level of activity. You will feel an immediate difference once you start to give your body the amount of water that it needs.
Treat Yourself Every So Often
This is something that took me a while to learn. I used to believe that spending money on yourself, whether that meant getting a massage or going out to do a little bit of clothes shopping, was just a waste and completely useless. I assumed it would be more efficient, and better for me to spend that money doing something productive, or saving it for who knows what. Treat yourself to a new outfit at ASOS or splurge on that dinner out if you feel like it. Your mental health will thank you, and when your mental health is in check, your body will undoubtedly feel much better.
Get Up and Move More Often Than You Want To
Ok, this one is also a little tough, but in a different way than the treat yourself one. Getting enough exercise and movement every day, is important for your circulation, your digestion, your mental health, and more. Half of the time the hardest part is motivating yourself to do it, so my rule is to take advantage of every time your body and mind feel like moving, but then add a few more times a week on top of that. You will most likely be getting enough activity at that point.