We're all trying to live a little bit healthier these days. Self-care is important. If we don't prioritize our own health, it's difficult to take care of others. Maybe you're thinking a healthy lifestyle is complicated and time consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Here are 10 tips and life hacks you can use to start a healthy lifetyle.
One tip for healthy living is to move as much as you can every day. Recent studies show that walking as few as 3,800 steps a day can reduce your risk for health problems, but the more you walk, the more benefit you get. And it's good to spread your walking throughout the day–exercising for 30 minutes in the morning is great, but if you sit in a chair the rest of the day, you're still considered sedentary. Here are a few healthy hacks to get more steps in your day:
Okay, you knew this one was coming. We've all heard this healthy living tip since we were kids–you have to eat your veggies (and fruit) to be healthy. And it's true! Fruits and vegetables contain the nutrients we need to keep our bodies working normally.
Here's the true hack to this tip: You can eat the vegetables and fruits you like, just make sure you eat five servings a day. A study led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a clear drop in the risk of major health problems for people who eat five servings of non-starchy fruits and vegetables a day, with the best combination being three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit.
Not sure how big a serving is? Here are a few guidelines for one serving: