Introduction: How To Maintain Your Health
How To Maintain Your Health. We all want to be healthy, but it’s easy to think that being healthy is about eating well and exercising. The truth is that several other factors are involved in your health, including sleep quality and stress levels. So today, we’re going to talk about some pro tips for caring for yourself and maintaining good overall wellness!
The key to success is planning. The more you plan, the more likely you will succeed. The trick is to plan and make a habit out of exercising.
In addition to being good for your health, exercise can also be an enjoyable way to spend time with friends or family in an active setting. For example:
- Take a walk with your partner or spouse on the weekends;
- Play basketball with your kids after work;
- Get together with friends at the gym and show off how much weight you’ve been able to lift recently!
- Sleep well.
There’s no need to tell you that sleep is essential for good health, but did you know that how much sleep you need depends on your age? The American Academy of Pediatrics has a helpful guide to the number of sleep children and teens should get based on their chronological age (not their biological age). Generally, pre-teens need 10-11 hours per day, tweens 11-13 hours, teens 13-14 hours, young adults 14-15 hours, and adults 15-18 hours.
- Turn off all technology at least 1 hour before bedtime.
Your brain doesn’t notice the difference between seeing something on a screen or paper: it just needs time to process whatever information is coming in so that it can turn off when it’s time for rest.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Eat a variety of foods.
- Avoid junk food and too much sugar, salt, and fat.
- Avoid too many calories, caffeine, or alcohol (if you drink).
Take Your Vitamins
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A helps you to see in dim light, so it’s essential for a good night’s sleep. This vitamin also helps strengthen your immune system, making it easier for your body to fight illness and infections. Vitamin A is also important for healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as for preventing dry eyes and mouth.
The best source of vitamin A is from foods like carrots or sweet potatoes (high in beta-carotene). If you don’t eat enough foods rich in this nutrient regularly, then consider taking a multivitamin with at least 5,000 IU per day.*
Stress is one of the most common things that affect your health.
Stress can cause you to get sick, and if you don’t take care of yourself, it can lead to heart disease, depression, and sleep issues. Stress can also lead to overeating or smoking more.
To stay healthy, find ways to manage your stress before it gets out of control. There are many ways to do this, including practicing meditation; doing yoga; spending time with friends; listening to music; going for a walk outside; exercising at least three times per week (cardio or weightlifting); eating healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains in moderation (no junk food)
With A Little Planning, You Can Take Excellent Care Of Yourself.
- Get a flu shot. Getting a flu shot takes five minutes, costs around $30, and protects you from getting the flu for up to six months. Not only do you avoid all that misery, but you will also save money on doctor visits and other associated costs (and all those missed days at work!).
- Go for a walk every day. If you’re not already exercising regularly, it’s worth getting started slowly with daily walks outside—you’ll feel better immediately, it doesn’t cost very much more than sitting on a chair or couch, and it could save your life in later years (research shows that regular exercise reduces heart disease risk factors).
- Make sure all of your vaccinations are up-to-date. This requires some time off work (perhaps an hour) but will keep diseases like measles away from both yourself and anyone else who’s not protected through vaccination programs because they were too young or ill when shots became available; this is especially important if any outbreaks are happening in your community!
Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be a struggle. The key is to plan and ensure you have everything you need on hand so that when an opportunity comes up, it’s not too difficult to take advantage of it. If you do this, then caring for your health will become much easier!