Simple Steps to Start Getting Healthy: Easy Boosts to your Daily Routine
So far in our series on how guys can get healthy, we’ve covered how to start a sustainable and scalable exercise routine, and how to methodically build a healthy diet. These two facets of a daily routine are perhaps the most essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle but are not the only things a guy needs to do to further improve his health.
In this blog, we will look at ways guys can support their health goals by complementing their diet and exercise routines with a few tweaks to their normal habits. These are simple, yet effective pieces of a health puzzle that are surefire ways to make you feel better.
Considering that your plate is already full balancing your new diet and exercise regimes, consider these tips as a side dish. Do them every day, and you’ll certainly feel the benefits, though if you are short on time, it’s better to prioritize other areas of your health.
Drink Enough Water
One of the most criminally overlooked aspects of getting and staying healthy is making sure that you are properly hydrated throughout the day. Since water is such an essential part of our bodies, it makes sense that we need to ensure that we are getting enough of it daily.
Everyone has experienced the headache or general discomfort that comes without being properly hydrated, and it’s an experience that is wholly avoidable. Unfortunately, if you are feeling the symptoms of not being properly hydrated, you are already very far behind in keeping healthy. The better solution is to be constantly replenishing your fluids and making it part of your habit.
It is estimated that adult males should be consuming 3.7 liters of water each day, through both the liquids we drink and the foods we eat. 3.7 liters represents the average for an adult male but does not consider factors like weather and daily activity. If you are sweating from a good workout or even from living in a hotter environment, you need to up your water intake to compensate for the additional water lost.
At First BioHealth, we love drinking water and using it as fuel to get through the day. Here are a couple of simple tips from our staff:
- Drink a glass of water (around 250ml) immediately when you wake up, before checking your phone or making coffee. Your body is deprived of water as you sleep, so it’s best to replenish as soon as possible
- Buy a big jug of water to have at your desk, in the car, or with you at all times. Having water around you will increase your likelihood to drink it and stay hydrated. Plus, with a large bottle, you won’t have to refill it as often.
- Take a healthy sip of water before and after you use the bathroom. A lot of water gets lost when you use the bathroom, making it good practice to have rehydration bookend your call from nature.
Just like your diet and exercise routines, eventually drinking enough water will become a habit, and your brain and body will thank you.
Support your Brain’s Health Too
Speaking of your brain, it too needs to be properly taken care of! Drinking water as you wake up is the optimal way to get your brain, and subsequently your body, going in the morning, but there are also a few other small tips to follow to keep sharp.
Remember, just like your other muscles, your brain needs to be exercised and looked after, so don’t fall prey to the concept that good general health will lead to better brain health. Your healthy diet and exercise routine are essential elements of keeping your brain healthy, and here are a few more:
- Keep sharp by “working out” your brain like you would any other muscle. While most people experience a mental workout while at work, it is still helpful to get your brain thinking more diversely. Puzzles, crosswords, or even a nice book are great ways to stay mentally engaged.
- Eat plenty of fish as part of your diet. Fish are rich in fatty acids that support the growth of grey matter in your brain, apart from being a great source of clean protein. If you have an allergy or aversion to fish, fish oil supplements are readily available and can deliver the nutrients you need for better brain health.
- Prioritize sleep as much as possible. Sleeping is akin to giving your body a system reset and letting the engine (your brain) get a break. Every person’s brain needs are different, so find the right amount of sleep that best fits your brain’s needs and make sure to get enough hours as many nights as possible.
These simple tips are perfect ways to keep healthy with minimal effort but that will do wonders for your overall health.
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