We all know that one person who rarely gets sick. In addition, he always seems to be upbeat and energetic. You assume he must have some sort of super-health gene. But he is only human!
Total health involves psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects, all of which affect each other. To be at your best, a good balance between them is necessary.
So maybe it’s not genetic. Maybe your resident ray of sunshine just does things a little differently. Here are six things that highly healthy people do:
- They prioritize sleep.
The “you can sleep when you are dead” mentality isn’t a very smart one. Sleep deprivation affects pretty much everything. It not only leaves you tired but can actually alter brain chemistry, cause weight gain and mood disorders, kill focus, slow reaction times and weaken the immune system. Most people need seven to nine hours per night. Find what amount leaves you feeling the best — and then do everything you can to guard that snooze time!
- They get moving.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably a runner and have this concept down pat already. I don’t even need to explain why physical activity is important. The benefits are never-ending!
- They drink enough water.
Obviously, you need water to live. But these days, it’s very easy to skimp on the amount we need, leaving us sluggish, unfocused and more susceptible to illness. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces per day, making adjustments depending on training level. You’d be amazed how much better you’ll feel and function when your body is getting proper hydration!
- They laugh a lot.
The old saying “laughter is the best medicine” is so true. The effects go beyond just making you feel good — laughing boosts your immune system, relieves stress, diminishes pain and even burns calories. A good deep belly laugh session can leave your core sore! This is one contagion you want to catch!
- They practice gratitude.
I know, I know — the whole “count your blessings” thing can get annoying. But the truth is, you’ve probably got it pretty good. Being thankful is proven to benefit your physical and mental health. Take a moment each day to think about what’s going right instead of what’s going wrong. Start with the fact that you have the ability to run — some people don’t!
- They listen to their bodies.
Sometimes you need a break. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing — even running. There’s a difference between pushing through mild discomfort and stubbornly persisting through injury-causing pain. Likewise, being aware of your body’s cues for various needs, like proper nutrition and personal rest and recharging time, will help you achieve balance and avoid burnout in all aspects of life.
What healthy habits do you practice every day? Share below!
NCBI PubMed – “Effects of sleep deprivation on cognition.”
Help Guide – “Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter”
Huff Post Healthy Living – “The Transformative Power of Gratitude“
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