Check out these top ways to start living healthier and happier right now.
We all desire to be healthy. To live long and happy lives free from disease and sickness. We think about growing old and living a beautiful life surrounded by those we love the most.
I wish there was one simple way to make all of those wishes come true. But that’s not how life works. Life is all about balance. About small changes and small decisions that add up over time.
The Power of Compound Interest
Nope, I’m not talking about money. Compound interest is a concept we can apply towards more than your bank account.
I’m talking about how small changes, practiced consistently (even when you aren’t up to it), can produce BIG results over time.
If you’re still thinking about money… let’s use that as an example. So let’s assume you’re investing a small amount of money in a bank account, and it builds interest, compounding monthly. Right away… you may not notice much of a change to those numbers. But in a few years, you’ll be blown away by how much you’ve built.
Think of every daily decision you make as something that will build on your goals, your dreams, and your health. When it’s easy to brush it off or skip, remind yourself about compound interest and do it anyway. You’ll be so grateful you did!
There’s no magic button to a healthy life, but there is so much great information available to us today. So why not take what others have learned and apply it to your daily habits?
Stress & Demanding Lives
Sometimes, we can’t control how demanding our lives are. We can’t help being stressed. It just seems to go with your job or your current lifestyle.
It’s all about managing stress and prioritizing these habits. With a little tweaking, I’m sure you can find time to add in healthy habits that will help you live a healthier life.
It’s never too late to start building the life you want. You can learn from those who practice healthy habits and start implementing some right now.
So let’s dig into 12 Healthy Habits of Incredibly Healthy People!
1. They Think of Exercise as a Lifestyle, Not Just a Workout.
Most people understand the importance of exercise and heart health. But it’s even connected to your brain health — did you know that?
Some benefits include reducing brain fog, preventing depression and stress, and even lowering blood pressure.
Incredibly healthy people don’t sit all day, hit a hard workout, then go back to sitting the rest of the day.
Instead, they’re always looking for ways to get moving, to get their blood pumping: small walks throughout the day, parking further from work to get those steps in, taking the stairs, even using a standing desk at work.
2. They Count Colors, Not Calories.
Unfortunately, the world we live in will always push what the perfect size should be. But incredibly healthy people don’t worry about being perfect.
They don’t restrict veggies, fruits, or any other real foods because of the number of calories they’re restricting themselves to.
Instead, they eat the rainbow!
Of course, they’re mindful of not overeating and avoiding processed and artificial foods. But they are more concerned with eating a variety of fresh, organic foods instead of how many calories they consume. Get plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, fermented foods, and leafy greens in your diet.
3. They Don’t Make Excuses.
It’s easy to do, we get that. Maybe you’re too tired to take your walk today? Or don’t feel like stopping at the store to grab something healthy for dinner instead of takeout?
There will always be a reason to not stick to your goals.
Not making excuses it’s crucial to forming healthy daily habits. Instead, tell yourself that there’s no other option.
Push yourself, challenge yourself to do it anyways. Once you get into a good routine, you’ll find your patterns changing and you’ll love how it feels!
Talk about empowering, taking control, and living the life you want — excuse-free!
4. They Don’t Believe In Diets.
We’ve become conditioned to believe that diets are the only solution to losing weight. When the truth is, diets are restricting and not sustainable long term.
Not only that, most diets are damaging to our bodies.
The first step is accepting that real change takes real-time. There’s no quick fix that happens overnight. No cleanse or celery juice fad can make you drop 10 pounds and keep it off.
The healthiest people in the world know that eating healthy is a lifelong journey.
5. They Look On the Bright Side.
It’s true! Even when life seems to be throwing them some heavy punches, they have a way of looking on the bright side. They’re grateful even when they aren’t feeling happy.
Believe it or not, gratitude is a great way to handle stress.
You can practice gratitude by starting a gratitude journal, writing 3-5 things you’re thankful for at the start of every day. You can also find opportunities to serve those less fortunate in your community.
Looking outside of your circumstances can really help you see the good things you have in your life.
6. They Surround Themselves With Like-minded People.
The company we keep is so important. Surround yourself with good friends and family that support you and your goals.
Want to exercise more? Find friends who love to work out or take walks together. Want to eat healthier? Take cooking classes with a friend who also has the same goals.
It’s ok to have different habits and different lifestyles. Ultimately what you’re looking for are friends who can challenge you, be challenged by you, and stay by your side no matter what. These are the people who want what’s best for you!
7. They Drink Tea and Water All Day.
You won’t find healthy people drinking sugary sodas or energy drinks throughout the day. Not only is the amount of sugar scary, but so are the ingredients. Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and brain disruptors.
What you will find them drinking are water and teas! Not southern sweetened iced tea either. We’re talking about organic green teas and herbal teas loaded with antioxidants.
Starting your day with a warm cup of tea is a great alternative to coffee and even healthier.
Check out our line of Organic Loose Leaf Teas.
8. They Understand the Importance of Immune Health.
Not only will you see healthy people exercising and eating healthy, but you’ll also see them taking a variety of supplements and vitamins.
No matter how healthy you eat, it’s almost impossible to get the right amount of every vitamin and nutrient your body needs.
Start with a good multivitamin, and think about adding vitamin D (especially during the winter), vitamin C, probiotics, and elderberry syrup.
Did you know that a daily dose of organic elderberry syrup gives your body a powerful boost of antioxidants and vitamins? There’s a good reason it’s been used for thousands of years, it’s safe, natural… and it works.
Read more here — Top 8 Foods to Boost Your Immune System Year-Round.
9. They Never Skip Breakfast.
Skipping breakfast is tied to harmful habits that can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, and even clogged arteries.
Research shows that people who eat breakfast take in more vitamins and nutrients during the entire day. It sets the precedent for your day by kickstarting your metabolism.
Other benefits include boosting your mood, improving memory, and decreasing inflammation.
Give these easy and healthy recipes a try:
10. They Enjoy Being Outside.
Fresh air, movement, and enjoying the outdoors are just what you need. The sunshine alone increases vitamin D and is great for your mood, your bones, and your heart.
Connecting with nature has a drastic impact on your mental health. Some of these include reducing stress, improving concentration, focus, and sleep.
Plus, being outside gives you time to slow down and relax. Whether it’s doing yard work, taking a walk, or gardening — clear your mind, take deep breaths, and allow yourself to enjoy the moment.
11. They Get Plenty of Sleep.
A good night’s sleep and routine are absolutely crucial to living a healthy life. As you sleep (a minimum of 8 hours) your brain clears and restores every part of your body. This way, when you wake up, you’re charged, replenished, and ready to take on another full day.
Always aim for 7-9 hours a night, and if you have trouble falling asleep, consider a solid routine.
Yes, routines aren’t just for kids.
Try enjoying a cup of organic chamomile tea, diffusing lavender oil, and some light reading about 30 minutes before bed. We’re not talking about reading on a device either, just a good old book. Blue light negatively affects your sleep so avoid being on devices before bed.
12. They Challenge Themselves.
It’s easy to get into a daily rut, doing the same thing day in and day out. But it’s so important to challenge yourself. It could be something along the lines of working on patience or reading a chapter each night of a book that’s way too dusty on your nightstand.
Or perhaps the challenge could be to try something new. Take an art class, learn an instrument, or conquer your fear of heights by taking a zipline adventure with a friend!
You don’t have to be perfect to live a healthy life. All you can do is your best every day, and move toward your goals one step at a time.
Focus on progress, not perfection. Enjoy the process, learn from your mistakes and find joy in the journey.
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