Eat right and exercise. That’s the most common response you will get if you asked what it takes to stay healthy. Yes, eating right and exercising do work, as does kicking unhealthy habits such as smoking, but there is definitely more to staying healthy, and how to do it may surprise you.
Here is a list of some surprising ways to keep you in good health that you should give a try today
- Stand at Work Whenever you Can
You should take every opportunity to stand while working or take breaks from your workstation. You can also put in some investment and explore standing desk benefits. Sitting down for too long will wreck your back and puts you at a higher risk of gaining weight and developing varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis (DVT.
- Turn up the Music
Create a playlist and sing along as you move to the sound of the beat. There is a lot of research on the many benefits of music for brain function and emotional wellbeing. Dancing may not be as intensive as your workout sessions at the gym, but it is a great exercise for your body.
- Have Your Tribe
Social isolation will have serious effects on your physical, emotional, and mental health. Ensure you spend some time with friends and family. It will benefit you greatly to belong to an even bigger community, be it a religious group, or a social, or professional group.
- Get a Pet
Pets are excellent companions and you can enjoy a mutually beneficial people-pet relationship. Going on regular pet runs and playing with your pet will help decrease cholesterol levels and blood pressure, not to mention the feel-good vibes of having a loyal non-human companion.
- Go Outside
There is something about the fresh outdoor air and getting sun-kissed that will do wonders for your physical and mental health. Go, and experience what Mother Nature has to offer. You don’t even have to actively do anything while outside, so don’t be afraid to just go and sit at the park bench.
- Laugh. Laugh. Laugh
Anything you can do for a good laugh is well worth it. Spend time with people who make you laugh till your stomach hurts, watch that comedy, and find those funny video clips on the net. Looking at the health benefits of laughter, it is easy to see why it is, indeed the best medicine. You can laugh away bad health, and even look younger.
- Get Rid of your Alarm Clock
Unless you wake up at the first ring of your alarm clock, you may as well do away with your alarm clock. Having your sleep disturbed with the sharp noise will leave your body and mind stressed, affecting the rest of your day. Do away with the clock and stick to going to bed at a certain time.
- Get a New Mattress
Still, on a matter of sleep, you can significantly improve the quality of your sleep by getting a new mattress. A memory foam mattress is always well worth the investment, and your body and mind will thank you for the restful sleep.
- Don’t Take it Personally
You will no doubt come across people whose opinion of everything you are about may not be so great. The truth is that you cannot please everyone, and the best thing you can do for your health is to simply not stress over it. As mentioned, ride with your tribe, and don’t ever stress over naysayers.
- Reposition your Tablet
If you’ve been keeping your tablet on your lap, then that may explain why the frequent back and neck aches. What you should do, instead, is use it while it rests on the counter or table. You can also use the tablet case that allows the tablet to stand on its own, freeing your hands, and taking the stress from your back and neck