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9 Health Improvements You Should Make

9 Health Improvements You Should Make

Published by Programme B

Taking care of your health is essential so you can get your work done and watch your kids. With COVID-19, staying healthy should be even more of a priority. So, try out these 10 health improvements. 

1. Get Up Earlier 

The earlier sunrise can boost your levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D keeps your bones and heart healthy. It also aids in calcium absorption and proper immune functioning. A lack of Vitamin D can lead to the risk of fractures in older adults. 

Waking up early also improves cognitive function and mental health. Plus, you have more time to get things done throughout the day, lowering your stress. To help you wake up early, you need to get enough sleep. Try turning off electronics before bed and creating a relaxing nighttime routine. 

2. Go For Walks

Walking is a great way to get exercise and enjoy nature. These walks help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. It is also essential for weight regulation and reducing stress. It can be hard to find time during your busy schedule. 

So, consider walking your children to the bus stop or going for a walk during your lunch break. You can even use it as an excuse to catch up with friends on the weekend. Make your walks even more exciting by getting yourself some punny custom shirts you can make yourself or pick up at the store. Nothing is more motivating to get out and walk than looking cute while you do it. 

3. Try Yoga 

Yoga can be a great way to relax the mind and calm your anxiety. It can even lower your risk of depression. Yoga is also good for increased flexibility and muscle strength. For those with bad posture, it can help with lower back pain. 

You can do yoga by yourself or take a class. There are usually classes for any level, from beginner to more advanced. If you want more privacy, online classes are also available. 

4. Take up Gardening 

It can help increase your physical activity and is relaxing. In fact, you need at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week. You can even get your whole family involved in this activity. A garden provides your family with fresh fruits and vegetables. So, you can prepare healthy meals and save a trip to the grocery store. 

Here are a few more health benefits of gardening: 

  •  It can burn a lot of calories. 
  • It can lower your blood pressure. 
  • It is good for your bones. 
  • It can relieve stress. 
  • It can provide a source of community.

5. Make Healthier Food Choices

Eating healthy gives your body proper nutrients and makes you feel good.  Seasonal vegetables, such as asparagus, are high in protein and vitamins. Spinach is another good one to add to your menu. It’s rich in iron and has Vitamin K. 

Here are some more healthy food choices:

  • Apples
  • Apricots 
  • Avocados 
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli 

6. Wear Sunglasses 

Sunglasses can protect your eyes from UV rays while making a fashion statement. The rays can burn your eyes and skin. Long-term sun exposure can lead to health issues, such as cataracts, cancer, or eye growths. So, look for sunglasses with a UV 400 label for better protection. 

You can also wear a hat to shade more of your face from the light. Find ones with a wider brim to reflect plenty of sunlight. 

7. Go Swimming 

This is a good option for those who want to work out but skip the gym. It’s also an excellent way to cool off during warmer days. Swimming can strengthen your heart and increase joint flexibility and muscle strength. It is also a low-impact activity you can do when recovering from certain surgeries. 

Swimming can even help to boost your mood and burn off stress. Consider making it a family activity and take the kids to the pool as well. That way, they are entertained while you do your workout. 

8. Keep Your Brain Active

Spend time away from the television to do activities that engage your brain. For example, do a puzzle, read a book or learn a new skill. For instance, you could take a cooking or language class. 

These activities activate different areas of your brain, like the more logical side. Plus, trying new activities helps you see things from multiple points of view. Having this trait is critical in both your professional and personal life. 

9. Clean and Organize Your Space

Cleaning is the best way to get rid of clutter. Too much of it can increase stress and make your home less visually appealing. So, taking time to clean can give your space a fresh look. 

Remember to complete tasks like dusting fans and cleaning window sills. With Covid-19, also disinfect your doorknobs and light switches. Organize your cluttered surface spaces, such as your desk, as well. This can make it easier to find things in the future. 

How to Make Health Improvements

There is never a bad time to start implementing healthy habbits. Live a long and happy life and try making these health improvements today. 

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