Easy Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle

Easy Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle

It sounds pretty easy. Get more sleep, drink more water, exercise on a regular basis, dont stress out, and your life will improve. But sometimes we need to follow few simple steps that can make a huge difference in our ultimate happiness and overall health.

1. Exercise and good sleep

Research shows that exercising effects overall quality of sleep. We also know that exercise lifts mood and reduces stress. When it comes to having a direct impact on getting a good night’s sleep, exercising late afternoon or early evening appears to be the most beneficial. That’s because it raises your body temperature above normal a few hours before bed, allowing it to start falling just as you’re getting ready for bed. This decrease in body temperature appears to be a trigger that helps ease you into sleep.

2. Healthy Diet

Developing healthy eating habits isn’t as complicated or as restrictive as many people imagine. The essential steps are to eat mostly foods derived from plants—vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes (beans, peas, lentils)—and limit or even better, completely remove, highly processed foods. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water. Drinking 2 cups of water before each meal is a good place to start.

3.  Laugh out loud.

It keeps you grounded, and helps you cope with stressful situations. Read the comics, watch your favorite sitcom, or tell jokes to bring out those happy feelings.

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