1. Eat Right
We all know that a low-fat, healthy diet is key to good health. There are a million ideas and diets out there, and attached are a few links to help. Personally, I wouldn’t say I like diets because they are hard to follow, and I like simple guidelines. The program I use, and it’s not official, as I haven’t seen it anywhere, but it has worked well for me over the years. It’s simple, don’t eat anything processed. So that means eating lots of vegetables, fruit, unprocessed meat, steak, chicken, fish, eggs, and potatoes. That means no bread, no packaged snacks, no concentrated juices, etc. Also, one day a week, I can have whatever I want! I have found this is something I can stick to and don’t need to think about much.
2. Stop Smoking
Smoking affects almost every organ in your body, and most of all, limits your lung capacity. As you know, vaping is not good for your lungs either. If you ever had a good reason to quit, now is the time. Here are a few helpful products to start your journey to a smoke-free life.
3. Get More Exercise
We all know how well we feel when we get some exercise. It has emotional as well as physical advantages. It helps reduce anxiety and promotes positive feelings, and can reduce pain. It helps with weight loss, increases energy levels, improves your memory, improves insulin sensitivity, decreases blood pressure, and so on. Any improvement in your daily exercise routine will have a positive effect.
4. Get Good Sleep
Sleep can reduce stress, lowers blood pressure, produces an extra protein that helps fight infections, etc., so maybe it’s time to think about investing in that new mattress, darkening your window shades, buying a better pillow, or thinking about what we eat before bedtime. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
5. Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
Too much alcohol affects your heart health and your liver; it can also be associated with depression and diabetes, and so on. The type of alcohol you drink can also be important because some are better than others. Red wine appears to be high in antioxidants and is linked to the most health benefits. Per the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse, women could have one standard drink per day and men two. A standard drink of wine is listed as 5 Fl oz and has 12% alcohol. Here is a link to NIAAA for their guidelines.
6. Regularly Clean Your Home
With the new environment we live in, this has become more important than ever. We have all been educated by the news and the CDC as to what to do. It seems with the new fast-paced global environment we all live in; this will become a new way of life. So, it’s a good idea to get started and make it part of your normal routine. A UV light wand might be something you should look at because it is proven to work and makes sanitizing easy. At some point, worrying about germs will subside because I also believe that using too many disinfectants leads to a weakened immune system.
7. Follow the New Social Distancing Guidelines
Let’s hope this is a guideline that will be relaxed once vaccines are developed, and things are understood a little more. I don’t know about you, but I sure think about being around someone sick or me being around other people when I’m sick. I think about the spread of germs way more than I have in the past. It seems Social Distancing in some form or another will become part of life in the future. My best advice is to follow the guidelines found here set out by the CDC.
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