A lot of people around the world have put on a bit of “lockdown weight” recently, but with gyms open again, many are rapidly shedding it. However, in addition to exercising, you also need to start transitioning into a healthier lifestyle overall.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to start a new diet with strawberries or completely cut out your favorite sweets. We’ve gathered some great tips that you can implement to start shifting to a lifestyle that is more beneficial for your health.
1. Water, Water, Water
There’s a really good chance that you don’t drink enough water. Most people don’t. Drinking the right amount of refreshing water is extremely important to your body because it helps with vital bodily functions, such as transporting oxygen and nutrients throughout your body and waste removal.
Your body also expels a lot of water via daily functions like urination, perspiration, defecation, and even breathing. This means that you need to constantly replenish your reserves.
While the amount of water you personally require on a daily basis varies depending on a variety of factors, it’s generally recommended that adults consume at least half a gallon.
An easy way to tell whether you are drinking enough is by paying attention to the color of your urine. It should always be either colorless or a pale yellow.
2. Supplement Your Diet
Whether you’re on a strict diet or simply eating better, your body needs a little more nutrition than most of your meals provide. Fortunately, these days there are several options available, from vitamin gummies to liquid supplements and many choices in between.
According to the USDA, many adults don’t get enough of the following nutrients:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Adding supplements to your diet is a key practice when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Everyone needs quality sleep every night (or day, depending on your job/lifestyle). Whether you suffer from chronic pain and are under chiropractic care or you’re as active as they come, you need to do everything you can to ensure you get a minimum of six to eight hours of quality sleep.
That may mean getting a new pillow to help reduce your pain levels, going to bed earlier, or integrating CBD gummies into your nightly routine. No matter what, you need to give your body time to rest properly.
4. Catch the Rainbow
Or eat it at least. Adding a variety of brightly-colored foods to your diet will give you more vitamins and antioxidants, which help remove cell-damaging free radicals. Consider adding some of the following colors of the rainbow to your weekly shopping list.
- Apples, tomatoes, watermelon, and strawberries for red.
- Papayas and oranges for
- Blackberries, eggplants, and prunes for blue/purple.
- Avocados, lettuce, cucumbers, guavas, and celery for green.
- Bananas and mushrooms for white.
- Mangoes and pineapples for yellow.
5. Reduce Your Processed Food Consumption
The majority of any nutritional value in processed food is lost in the production process. Additionally, the added preservatives and higher salt concentrations are not good for your health. Take a look at the labels of items on your shopping list and keep in mind that the more ingredients it has, the more processed it is.
Starting to live a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be completely disruptive to your overall life. Slowly integrating the tips above can make them easier to adjust to. Even if you don’t use them at all, simply exercising a few minutes a day is a decent alternative option.