We all want a healthy life. But sometimes our lifestyles get in the way of truly living life to our fullest potential. And often, it’s our old habits (those that die hard) which we need to eliminate from our lives in order to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
For example, it’s estimated that over two-thirds of adults living in the United States are either overweight or obese. And this number could be greatly reduced if more people embraced healthier diets and lifestyles.
If you’re looking to make a change, there are several health and wellness routines that are popular today. But if you really look into it, it’s often the simplest choices that we make which can affect our overall health.
Here, we’ll explore a few wellness routines that you’re probably not incorporating into your life. And all of these could easily improve your health.
Oral hygiene is one of the marks of good health. And this is why people spend thousands of dollars over the course of their lives on dental visits, sometimes having fake teeth implanted as well. But if you have bad oral hygiene, you could be suffering even more than you realize.
A great smile is often looked at as one way you can tell if a person is healthy. And this goes back to primitive times when visual cues were largely the only way a human could tell if a mate was worthy. But oral health can also affect you in several physiological ways as well.
For example, research has shown that oral health is linked to overall wellness. And even diseased gums have been linked to heart disease, respiratory disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
Having a sound oral hygiene regimen is highly recommended for overall wellness. And it’s one of the easiest health concerns to keep in check.
Unless you go to the gym regularly, or if you work in a job that requires a great deal of motion or physical labor, you might not be moving enough in your life to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re not creating enough motion in your life, this is one of several unhealthy habits that you really need to break. Because without adequate movement, your circulation and metabolism can suffer.
Studies have shown that the more movement you perform during the day, the healthier your entire body is. And with the upswing of remote work and with those who work in office environments for several hours a day, getting the right amount of movement in each day can become hard to achieve.
If you work in a sedentary environment, it’s up to you to give yourself adequate time each day to move around and get your blood flowing. And this can be done by simply taking a 30 minute walk each day.
Studies over many years have shown that most adults after leaving high school or college don’t pick up a book or read for pleasure. In fact, it’s been estimated that nearly 60 percent of all adults never engage with reading as a pastime.
Reading and other focused mental activities excite your neurons. And neuroplasticity is critical for proper brain health, especially as you reach your later years. Basically, if you’re not exercising your brain, your focus and mental clarity will suffer over time.
Thankfully, there are many ways to keep an agile mind as you age. Even meditating for 15 minutes a day can improve focus and concentration, generate more peace in your life, decrease your heart rate, and lower blood pressure.
Staying healthy requires a commitment. And often, it’s by doing the simple things listed here that have the greatest impact on your overall health. Though getting rid of bad habits such as smoking and drinking are obvious, keeping a steady routine that promotes good overall health is worth every minute.
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