Carpe diem! Living life in the present, day-to-day, can have its perks. It instills confidence and lessens the fear of tomorrow’s problems.
But aren’t there some things we should always keep in mind for our future? Of course. Like, our holiday shopping, where we’re going on our next vacay…oh, and our health!
Taking one step today is like pushing down the first domino in a row full of thousands of others. Make a good decision today and so much can come from that. But you have to push the right domino to get the best result.
Here are some health tips you can follow today that will pay off tomorrow.
Take a hike! Honestly. We don’t mean to sound rude, but physical activity can do wonders. In fact, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reports that daily activity can support:
- weight maintenance
- better health
- risk reduction
But wait, these all sound like bigger, more generalized outcomes. What can moving today possibly do for tomorrow?
It can help you form better habits. We know, every time you hear “a habit only take takes 21 days,” you roll your eyes. And you probably should because that theory isn’t 100% truthful.
So, what is the truth?
In the Huffington’s Post exploration of this phrase, they discovered that habit formation can take anywhere from two months to even eight months.
But, hey, if you’re doing something for 21 days, you’ll probably continue to do it anyway, right?
So what does that have to do with your health today? Well, getting active on one day takes you one step closer to making it a daily occurrence.
Cheesy? Yes. Still true though? YES.
Make That Doctor’s Appointment
Yikes, we can feel the dread in this one. Many of us prefer to diagnose and treat ourselves, but even when you’re a health expert, it’s always good to get a second opinion.
Interestingly enough, this phenomenon is especially true for moms and women.
Women often overlook symptoms of heart attacks. Don’t just take our word for it, check out what the American Heart Association has to say:
Even though heart disease is the No.1 killer of women in the United States, women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging.
So, go make that appointment! Even if you don’t think anything is wrong, it’s still a good idea to get a check-up every so often.
Worse-case scenario, they find something that needs to be tended to or treated. But then, hey, you’re on the road to recovery. Best-case is that you are perfectly fine.
Either way, make that appointment for a healthier you tomorrow.
Say Yes to H20
Another annoying, yet still true trip: drink up! According to Heathline, you should be drinking 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water. Some dub it the 8×8 challenge. Sounds kind of cool, right?
What can daily water intake help with? We’re glad you asked:
- Can help encourage support energy levels throughout the day
- Can help support brain function
Water can also help reduce the risk of mild dehydration. We sweat and lose water throughout the day, so it’s important for us to maintain optimal levels.
Make sure to swap out the soda or coffee at least during your snacking sessions.
Get To Bed, Sleepyhead
How have you been sleeping lately? We mean, really. Sleep is necessary to help the body function normally, yet we sometimes don’t give it the appreciation it deserves.
Getting some shut-eye can help decrease the risk of certain diseases, and support:
- Appetite levels
That’s right. We’re sure you’ve noticed examples of this before. Maybe there was a time when you just couldn’t think after waking up from 4 hours of sleep.
But immunity and appetite aren’t something we normally associate with bedtime benefits, right? So how does that work?
For hunger control, getting rest helps balance your body’s energy. Plus, one Japanese study found that those with less than ideal sleep tended to have higher body mass indexes. This makes sense because when you are sleep-deprived, your brain will sometimes tell you that you’re hungry — possibly because you’re low on energy.
And as for immune system support? Well, one study found that partial sleep restriction could increase inflammatory compounds in your body. Healthline suggest these compounds could be related to asthma and allergies.
Getting some good time with the pillow tonight is one of the best things you can do that will have a BIG impact on tomorrow. Make sure you’re getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
It could be quite the chore, but we promise you’ll feel good tomorrow.
Make a plate full of foods that will help you feel energized and ready to take on tomorrow, not ones that will have you feeling groggy or worse.
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