It’s easy to feel envious of healthy people. Watching them complete their days with the ease and success that many of us struggle to find can often make us feel like we are not doing enough.
However, what we often don’t realize, is that healthy people aren’t doing any more than we are each day. What they are doing, though, is incorporating small, healthy habits into their lifestyle that prioritize their minds and body.
These 11 things healthy people do every day are simple habits from which all of us can certainly benefit. Establishing a healthy mindset and maintaining a healthy body might actually be simpler than we ever expected.
11 Things Healthy People Do Every Day
Follow a morning routine.
Those first few moments of the day can have a huge impact on the success and smoothness of those to follow. Starting each day with a similar morning routine is a great way to establish healthy habits before you even leave the house.
One of the most important things healthy people do every day is follow the same morning routine. Whether they rise before the sun or wake up well into the morning, those first few activities really set the tone for the rest of their day.
Finding a morning routine that you love is an easy way to take some of the dread away from getting out of bed. Waking up a little earlier is usually worth it if it means you get to enjoy your favorite breakfast, hot drink, or a few minutes with a book. Whether you read, journal, exercise, or simply sit in silence, taking the time to establish an enjoyable morning routine is a great way to kick start your day.
When most people think about getting healthier, their minds immediately gravitate towards healthy eating, diets and nutritious snacks. But in doing so, they overlook one of the most important aspects of healthy living: drinking water.
Just about every healthy person I know drinks water every single day – and a lot of it. Creating a healthy lifestyle truly begins with hydration. Our bodies are meant to be fueled with water, not soda, juice or alcohol.
Incorporating a consistent water intake into your lifestyle is a simple way to drastically improve your health. Water has been shown to help maintain energy levels, improve digestion, increase sleep quality, and help you avoid those all too common illnesses.
Take technology breaks.
Many of us don’t even realize the amount of time we spend staring at screens or zoned in on technology each day. And while technology use certainly has its benefits, it can also take away from our ability to be present.
A beneficial healthy habit that you can establish is incorporating small breaks from technology every single day. Make a point to step away from the computer, television, phone and music at some point each and every day.
Spend time in silence reading, writing, or simply sifting through your thoughts as you focus in on what is in front of you. Learning how to be mindful and present in the moment can be truly transformative. No matter how you choose to spend your technology break, make sure you take time to appreciate the ease of the moment.
Another important thing that healthy people do every day is make a point to get outside. It’s so easy to get bogged down in work or chores each day that the hours pass before we even have a chance to set foot outside. Between working out at the gym, sitting in an office, and cleaning up around the house, it feels like there’s hardly a chance to explore the outdoors.
However, getting outside each day doesn’t have to mean climbing a mountain or swimming in the lake. Simply walking the dog around the block, enjoying the silence in your backyard, or completing some yard work is all it takes to get that breath of fresh air.
Fresh air plays a crucial role in the state of your mind and body. Making a point to go outside each day allows you to experience each and every season and take advantage of various activities in your area. Whether you hike that nearby trail or simply walk down the street, a few moments in the fresh air will do anybody good.
Read a book or magazine.
Ah, reading. Remember when we were kids and just couldn’t wait for story time at school, or that mid-week trip to the library? It’s funny how quickly things change.
While many adults still enjoy the opportunity to read, most of us find our schedules stretched far too thin to finish a book on a regular basis.
But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Taking the time to read at least a little bit each day is something that healthy people do on a regular basis. Whether they read a novel, article, magazine, blog post or any other source, the point is that they are reading regularly. Try waking up 15 minutes earlier to start your day with a book, or creating an evening routine that involves reading before bed. You might surprise yourself with how easy it is to maintain once you begin.
Plan their meals.
Driving by numerous fast food chains on your way home from work looks tempting enough as it is, but when combined with the fact that you have no groceries at home or no time to cook dinner, the temptation becomes nearly impossible to resist.
Something that all healthy people do every single day is plan their meals. Some sit down at the beginning of the week and create an extensive meal plan with their grocery list, while others simply think through their day each morning and take the time to pack a lunch.
Having a plan in mind before the day gets started helps avoid the temptations that may arise when you don’t know what to do for your next meal or snack. While treating yourself once and a while is still healthy, knowing when and where that next treat will come from helps avoid multiple days of fast food meals or sugar packed treats.
Maintain an organization system.
Staying healthy involves so much more than your physical fitness. Health involves both your body and your mind.
Maintaining a healthy mental state involves keeping your environment as low stress as possible. And what’s more stressful than forgetting deadlines or rushing to appointments at the last minute?
Something healthy people do every day is maintain a consistent organization system. This might involve regularly using a planner, keeping to do lists, filling out a calendar, or placing sticky notes around the house. Each person is different, but establishing a sense of organization plays a key role in helping maintain a healthy mindset over time.
Invest in their hobbies.
There’s no denying that it feels great to accomplish a ton of things on your to do list – but it still can’t beat the joy that comes from investing in hobbies you love.
Creating a balanced lifestyle is important for all healthy people. While success in the workplace and at home is certainly something worth striving for, all work and no play often leaves us burnt out and fatigued.
Time is not wasted by investing in yourself and your joy on a regular basis. Take the time to find a few hobbies that you truly enjoy – from sports to reading, painting, singing, crafting or anything else. Spending time on some of your favorite hobbies each week might actually help you stay motivated during the work day and keep your mindset fresh.
Eat without distractions.
It is so easy to rush through our meals or spend what little time we have to eat distracted by something else. Regardless of whether you’re trying to eat at your desk or spend your dinner time watching television, these distractions can really take away from the joy and experience of a good meal.
Meal time is meant to do more than just combat hunger. Something healthy people do every day is to try their best to eat without distractions.
Go out to lunch with your coworker, chat with your spouse during dinner, or eat breakfast in silent meditation each morning. Take your time eating meals and snacks, and really savor the taste while you can.
Stick to a consistent bed time.
We all know how easy it is to get wrapped up in something at night and lose track of time. Before we know it, it’s midnight and we have to get up in just six hours.
Similar to starting your day with a morning routine, ending your day with a nighttime routine is something that healthy people do every day. Whether they spend 60 minutes winding down or just 5, healthy people prioritize sleep and make a point to head to bed around the same time every night.
Determining what time you need to be in bed each night and trying your best to stick to it day after day is a great way to stay healthy. Prioritizing sleep means that you might need to cut the episode short or finish up the next day. But no matter what has to give, remember that your body and mind will feel much better in the morning after a complete night of rest.
Life is hard.
This truth is evident as adults, no matter how much we try to deny it. But while life certainly has its challenges, that’s not to say that there are never any good moments.
Healthy people make a point to practice gratitude every single day. Some maintain a gratitude journal, others change their mindset, and some just make a mental list each night. However you choose to incorporate it, make a point to be grateful each and every day.
Whether you incorporate some or all of the things that healthy people do every day into your own lifestyle, you might just surprise yourself with the positive changes that result. Being healthy doesn’t have to involve a drastic lifestyle change – all it takes is a few simple, healthy habits to create the life you’ve always imagined.
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