Top 8 Ways to Improve Your Health Right Now

Teaching 6-year olds by day, I am always looking for ways to increase my energy and feel my best. And let’s be real, who doesn’t want to feel healthier and happier?

 

I’ve researched and rounded up 8 Ways to Improve Your Health Right Now. All 8 are actions you can take right now. Today. And won’t cost you a fortune. All of the information is straight from health experts and can EASILY be added to your daily routine.

 

SPOILER ALERT: There is to more to a healthy life than eating healthy!

 

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am a self-proclaimed health & fitness lover and certified yoga instructor.  I have researched ways to live a more healthy life. This blog post is for informational purposes only. This post contains affiliate links.

 

8. Read consistently.

Reading makes you calmer, sleep better, and will increase your vocabulary, just to name a few benefits of reading.

If you’re looking to find new books, try GoodReads.

GoodReads connects you to popular books in the genre you enjoy and provides referrals for new books to read based on what you just read.

 

 

7. Try new experiences.

Did you know that when you’re brain gets used to trying new things, you become less afraid of failure?

New experiences also allow you to meet new people. Who doesn’t love new friends?

Try taking a cooking class with your partner or a pottery class with your girlfriends.  I love the website Dabble, which connects you to hundreds of unique classes in your city. From calligraphy to meditation, there’s something for everyone. The teachers are from the community and it’s a great way to meet new people.

 

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Or, take the time to finally plan that vacation you’ve been dreaming about.

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When have you ever come home from a vacation and said, “ I really regretted that.” NEVER. There’s always something new to explore, no matter where you go.

 

 

6. Eat foods with fiber.

According to Mayo Clinic, eating fiber daily lowers your cholesterol, helps you maintain a normal blood sugar level, and aids with digestion. Fiber also helps you feel full sooner, so you are less likely to over eat at meal-time.

Men should aim to have at least 38 grams per day and women should have at least 25 grams. Fiber rich foods include Black Beans, Raspberries, Pears, Broccoli and Steal Cut Oats. Check out this full list of 43 Fiber-Rich Foods here. The list includes ideas for new foods to try as well as how many grams of fiber are in a serving.

 

 

 

5. Eat vegetables with every meal.

Aim to have a vegetable at every meal. If you’re thinking, EVEN BREAKFAST? Try throwing in some spinach or kale in your scrambled eggs or making a this easy, delicious green smoothie.

 

4. Eat less sodium.

Even though sodium is essentially calorie free and colorless, it can do serious damage to your body if you are consuming too much.  Sodium, also known as salt, can cause heart disease, stomach cancer, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.  The recommended daily sodium intake for adults is no more than 2,300 mgs, but the average American consumes over 3,100 mgs per day! Yikes!

To cut back on your sodium intake, aim to eat more meals and at home.  Restaurants add unnecessary salt to their food because it’s processed and doesn’t have much natural flavor. While processed foods from restaurants or packages don’t always taste salty, they are already loaded up with sodium.

Foods that are especially high in sodium include cold cut meats, pizza, pasta dishes, breads and prepackaged TV dinners.

When you’re cooking at home, try giving your food more flavor with herbs and spices instead.  When you’re at a restaurant, avoid the urge to shake on additional salt and try black pepper if your food needs a kick of flavor.

 

 

 

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3. Drink more water.

But how much? A good rule of thumb is to take half of your weight in pounds and convert that to ounces to get your optimal water intake.

For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you would divide your weight by 2, which is 75, so your goal would be to drink 75 ounces of water a day.

Water not only hydrates you, but it improves your mood, increases your focus, and gives you clearer skin.

For even MORE benefits, drink lemon water. Benefits include weight loss enhancement, better digestion, and a big kick of vitamin C. Read more here.

 

 

 

 

2. Sweat every day. 

Exercise: it makes you happier, aids with weight loss, and helps you live longer and the list of benefits goes on and on.   If you’re looking for a new gym to try, check out my list of free fitness trials and workouts. There are also hundreds of workout channels on YouTube you can subscribe to FOR FREE. I love Tone It Up for short workouts you can squeeze in at any time.

 

 

 

 

 1. Drink Green Tea Daily.

If you gain anything out of this list, I hope you will start drinking more green tea. From fighting cancer to Alzheimer’s prevention, this is the healthiest drink you can drink. It also offers a boost of caffeine (for my fellow coffee lovers out there.) You can read more about the benefits here.

 

 

What is YOUR favorite way to live a healthier life?

I would love to hear about it!

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Until next time,

xo Amy