Eating a balanced diet helps provide the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need. It is important to eat a variety of different foods – an apple a day is great, but an apple one day, a banana the next and grapes after that is better! We draw our energy from food, and it is important to eat a little bit from every food group: fruits and vegetables, grains, meats and dairy products.
Staying fit goes hand in hand with healthy eating, but there are so many other reasons to exercise. Exercise helps prevent disease, improves stamina and is a key factor in controlling weight. Exercising regularly also strengthens and tones the body and improves flexibility, so aim to exercise at least three times each week.
Make stopping by the water cooler at work a habit. Staying hydrated with 6-8 glasses of water every day cleanses the body, keeps our skin soft and smooth and promotes the healing process. If we fill up on water, we’re also less likely to consume drinks high in caloric content, like pop. Avoiding such empty calories is important for maintaining a healthy weight.
Develop a routine.
This means everything from a regular sleeping pattern to exercising at the same time every day or every week. Your body will look forward to what it knows is coming and can adjust easily, so you’ll feel prepared for whatever comes next.
Being a positive, understanding person doesn’t just make you somebody other people want to be around – it’s also good for your health! A 2004 psychiatric study found that people who had high levels of optimism were 23 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular causes.