Adding new healthy habits can feel daunting.
Being inundated with the latest eating plans, the newest organic superfood drink, trendy gym classes -- it can all be a lot.
On top of being overwhelming in general, these things can add up in price.
A healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be that way, and today I'm including six easy ways that you can improve your health for little to no cost at all.
Be Physically Active
You don't need a gym membership or personal trainer to move your body. There are loads of free resources on the internet for workouts that you can do at home with no equipment at all. You can also go for a walk or run outside when the weather is nice. If you wish, you can invest in minimal equipment, such as resistance bands, to increase the intensity of your
at-home workouts without breaking the bank.
Take Cold Showers
Cold showers can stimulate your nervous system and improve your heart rate. Try to take a cold shower ﬁrst thing in the morning—not only will it really wake you up, but it can also improve heart health.
Meditating is good for both the body and mind. Take time to meditate each day, and you will notice a dramatic decrease in your stress levels, which not only makes you feel happier and more relaxed but also improves your physical health. When we are stressed out, our bodies release too much cortisol— our stress hormone— which can increase inﬂammation and have negative effects on our physical health. By de-stressing, you can take care of your mental and physical health.
Practice Your Breathing
Take some time each day to completely clear your mind and focus solely on your breathing. Practice taking slow, deep breaths instead of the short and shallow breathing that we often unconsciously do when we're feeling stressed. This can also be part of your meditation practice.
Drink Enough Water
Water is the healthiest thing you can drink —and it is free. Make sure you're drinking half of your body weight in oz of water each day and make it a habit to drink a big glass ﬁrst thing in the morning and before bed. If you want to do a little extra, you can have a cup of warm lemon water in the morning to kickstart your metabolism and make you feel like you started your day on a healthy note. That way, you'll be more inclined and motivated to keep up the healthy habits for the rest of the day.
Spend Time in Nature
You don't need to exercise outside every day, but you should spend at least 30 minutes in nature, whether you're moving your body or just sitting in the park. Spending time in nature is fantastic for reducing stress and clearing our minds. The fresh air is good for waking you up if you feel groggy or unmotivated
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