You may have heard of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” but there’s probably more to that story. I’m guessing that in order to become highly effective, these people also have developed some healthy habits. How can you be so effective without good health? Am I right? That’s why I put together this list of Seven Habits of Healthy People. Adopt these habits and you’ll surely be on the path to good health, and maybe other good things too!
- Avoid cigarettes, alcohol and recreational drugs. It doesn’t take a doctor or a nutritionist to know that these things are detrimental to your health. Using these substances can immediately lead to dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and can lead to other more serious issues, such as cancer and heart disease, over time.
- Know Your Bedtime. Do you know what time you’re going to sleep tonight? Well, you should. In order to get at least seven hours of sleep, you need to plan for it. Count back from when you have to wake up and set your bedtime to recharge your body every night. You will feel rested and alert enough to handle anything.
- Eat within 30 minutes of waking. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, and eating it right away not only helps ensure it’ll get done, but it also helps rev up your metabolism for the rest of the day.
- Never leave meals up to chance. Instead, plan out your meals, so you know you’ll have healthy options throughout the day. This may mean bringing meals and snacks with you or knowing where you’ll go and what you’ll order for lunch.
- Drink more water! Never underestimate the power of hydration. Plan to get at least the recommended eight glasses daily and try to time it so that you’re drinking a glass about 30 minutes before each meal.
- Plan for exercise. A healthy person might be in the habit of taking a brisk walk every morning or hitting the gym for at least 30 minutes a day. The common thread is that each healthy person knows exactly where and when they will exercise.
- Get more of the Sunshine Vitamin. Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin because the body gets it by converting the sun’s rays. Still, with long hours spent in an office and high SPF sunblock, most of us aren’t getting enough of this essential vitamin. You can find out if you’re deficient by getting a simple blood test from your doctor. The RDA for all Americans is 400 IU (international units) was designed to prevent certain bone diseases, but many experts believe this number should be doubled at the very least. Vitamin D is not only important for bone health. It has many functions within the body to keep the immune system strong and healthy.