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Living Well with Healthy Habits

By Donna Kostiew

Forget the out-of-reach, next-to-impossible resolutions that you may feel pressured to make because you think everyone wants to hear them; instead, resolve to simply become an overall healthier person this year. With simple changes that are easy to make, you may be able to develop life-long habits that will help to create the well-balanced life you have been wishing for.

Healthy Habits of Healthy People

The way to achieve optimal health is to actually develop and maintain healthy habits that you enjoy doing. True health encompasses the body, mind, and spirit, so take into consideration habits that can impact all three of these. Here are some suggestions that will easily put you on the path to living well.

  • Drink plenty of water - We all know we should drink water but still, many of us are not getting near the recommended amounts each day. By developing a habit to keep a water bottle with you at all times, it will be easier to see how much you are drinking and will help to keep water as your first choice for a beverage.
  • Eat more vegetables - Another simple change that you can make is to simply eat more vegetables. A healthy habit that you can develop with this is to make sure that over 50 percent of your lunch and dinner plates include vegetables. So pass on the pile of chips and fill that extra space with the nutrient-dense good stuff.
  • Exercise daily - This doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym for hours on end every day if that is not your style, but it does mean that you need to get your heart pumping by doing something that you enjoy. Creating a habit, especially when it comes to exercise, can be difficult so you may need to be creative with this one, but the goal is to get your body moving for 20 to 30 minutes each day.
  • Live “young” - Truly healthy people know that taking time out for fun is essential to a balanced life. This can come in many different forms but should include whatever it is that makes your heart sing. If you forget what used to capture your heart, just think back to when you were younger and try to incorporate some, or part, of what you remember into your life now, and then try to make it a habit to do at least once a month.
  • Enjoy the silence - Sometimes all that our body, mind, and spirit needs is a little silence, so don’t wait until your head hits the pillow at night to get the rest you need. Develop a habit of including some quiet time during your week to meditate, read, or to simply just sit with a glass of sweet tea.

Becoming a truly healthy person is easier to achieve than you think simply by making small changes that can develop into life-long habits.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Vancouver, Wash.

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