How is it that some people seem to avoid sickness while you and your family are in and out of the doctor every other week? Is there something you don’t know? When generally healthy people are compared to those who get sick more often, several lifestyle differences clearly stand out.
So if you want to stay healthy, you may want to adopt the seven habits healthy people typically follow.
1. LEAD AN ACTIVE LIFE
It comes as no surprise that exercise is good for your physical and mental health. Regular physical activity is proven to lessen your likelihood of disease and reduce stress. Healthy people make exercise a regular part of their everyday routines. Besides getting 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week, they lead active lifestyles by walking more, moving more, and sitting less.
Cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises are all a part of a balanced fitness program. Find an exercise you enjoy, skip the ones you don’t, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.
2. GET QUALITY SLEEP
Your body takes advantage of the time you’re asleep to repair and renew your mind and body for the day ahead. A lack of sleep impairs your immune system and ability to maintain a healthy weight. Without enough sleep, you’re likely to be irritable and clumsy, increasing your risk of accidents. Adults should aim to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Kids and teenagers need even more.
3. VEG OUT
The average American eats only two to three servings of fruits and vegetables per day, even though research suggests that eating seven to nine servings of these anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-packed foods can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease by 50 percent, according to a recent study.
Vegetables typically have more fiber than most fruits, but both are an important part of your diet. Consume a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables using the 4-3-2-1 method:
- Four servings at breakfast: Two-egg, spinach and tomato omelet, a banana and glass of orange juice (four servings)
4. KEEP AN OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK
Healthy people are known to be more optimistic about the future, and rightly so! Life isn’t all gloom and doom and constant complaining shouldn’t be the name of the game. There’s good to be found, things to be thankful for, and hope for what’s to come every single day. A positive, optimistic outlook helps reduce stress, which helps build your immune system, protects your mind from falling into depression, and keeps you focused on healthy habits.
5. THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM.
People who work out first thing in the morning are more likely to continue with a regular exercise program than those who work out at any other time of the day. Making exercise a daily ritual is key, but you don’t have to go to a gym to get a workout. A morning walk, jog or yoga practice for at least 30 minutes can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and even type 2 diabetes. Strength training has considerable benefits, especially after the age of 40, including keeping bones strong and boosting metabolism for a leaner body. However, whether you work out in the morning or any other time of day, the key is to do at least 30 minutes at moderate intensity. If you work out at a lower intensity, you’ll need to increase the length of your workouts to achieve the same benefits.
6. MAKE HEALTHY EATING THE NORM
Diets may help get you on track, but they aren’t permanent. Healthy people realize that the path to health is healthy eating today, tomorrow, and always. It’s not about eliminating food groups, slashing calories, or doing juice cleanses every other month. Rather, it’s about eating a balanced, nutritious diet, correct portion sizes, and a few indulgences thrown in here and there. This means planning ahead, time spent at the grocery store, and time spent in the kitchen.
7. HAVE STRONG SOCIAL TIES
A support system of family and friends goes a long way in keeping you healthy. Surround yourself with people who have similar health goals, encourage you to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and are there for you during the ups and downs in life. Social connections may not seem attached to good health, but spend some time with family and friends you love and you’ll see how much better you feel!