I mentioned in my last post about dining out that it’s definitely okay to enjoy yourself and go out to eat, drink, etc. if you’re leading an overall healthy lifestyle, but what does that look like? Working out consistently is not the only factor to living healthily; there are plenty other ways to take care of your mind and body! Read on to learn about a few healthy habits that you might want to work on developing.
Drink water. You’ve probably heard this plenty of times, but you need to drink water consistently throughout the day. Water constitutes a huge part of your muscle tissue. You need to stay hydrated to build muscle, flush out toxins, circulate nutrients, and numerous other bodily functions. A good rule of thumb is try and drink half of your body weight in ounces per day (140 pounds = 70 ounces, 1 cup = 8 oz, 70 oz ~ 9 cups). If you drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, however, then you need to be drinking even more because caffeine tends to dehydrate your body. Also, sometimes your body may be dehydrated and you are thirsty, but you interpret that thirst as hunger, so drinking water will actually help you feel fuller and more satisfied.
Sleep. I know that in college its extremely difficult to get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night (God knows I don’t), but your body needs to rest. Getting enough sleep will not only help your body recover from difficult workouts, but it will also make it easier to focus on schoolwork and classes throughout the day. Try and get as much sleep as you can. If you find yourself up late at nights watching Netflix, close the computer and go to sleep instead. That episode isn’t going to disappear by tomorrow, but your body and mind will definitely appreciate the extra sleep.
Be positive. Positivity is underrated. You will not believe how much of an effect your mindset will have on your health. If you view every day as a new opportunity to better yourself and affect others in a positive way, then every day becomes a gift. Healthy people are positive and are not swayed or dejected by the little things that go wrong. Healthy people also surround themselves with others who are positive. Do not let yourself be put down by people who are not looking out for your well-being.
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Snack. This tip may seem odd, but I’m not suggesting that you become a mindless snacker, only a conscious one. If your body is hungry, then you should feed it! Healthy people know how to listen to their bodies and can tell the difference between boredom and actual hunger. If your stomach is telling you that it wants food, it’s actually a sign that your metabolism is up and running, and it would be much better for you to satisfy that hunger than to try and ignore it until meal time comes around. Plus, I cannot speak for everyone, but I tend to get “hangry,” and so it’s actually much better for not only myself, but also everyone around me if I eat.
Turn off the electronics. Our society is relying more and more on virtual interaction, but sometimes you need to turn off the phone, close the computer, and focus on what is going on around you. Whether it be reading a book, playing a board game, or going on a hike, creating time to separate yourself from technology will help you feel happier and more relaxed. My favorite board game to play is Connect Four, but Monopoly, Life, and Apples to Apples are all fun because they bring me back to my childhood and actually help me relax.