Here is an important health lesson: To be in a good health depends just as much on what you don’t do like what you do. Beyond the obvious things like smoking, drug use, etc., there are several common things that the healthiest people always avoid. Remove them from your life and your health will seriously develop. Read on to learn about the six most important things incredibly healthy people never do.
Yes, taking care of your health is important, but micromanaging every nutrient, taking dozens of supplements, or worrying about every possible disease is counterproductive. You still need to live life. Of course, healthy people undergo regular examinations, but they do not get tired of it. Do the best you can, then let go.
“Attention to health is the greatest obstacle in life” wrote Plato. Balance is the key.
While it’s important to exercise several times a week, what about the rest of your daily routine? Healthier people move often, even if it’s walk every day, play sports, cycle to work or dance a few nights a week. Doing daily movement burns calories, helps you stay strong, build a healthy heartmaintains your flexibility, and more.
About 70 million adults in the United States are struggling with persistent sleep problems, which are detrimental to their health. After all, sleep is when your body repairs itselffights infections and keeps the mind sharp.
According to National Sleep Foundation Guidelines, healthy adults should get seven to nine hours of restful sleep each night. People over 65 should get seven to eight hours of sleep per night. To help establish a good bedtime routine, stop using electronic devices before sleep and avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the day or at night.
We all know that eating too much junk food is a recipe for poor health, but never eat junk food? It doesn’t have to be so extreme.
Yes, healthy people eat a balanced diet full of vegetables, fruits, and healthy sources of protein and carbohydrates. But they don’t feel guilty when they have a slice of cake or ice cream!
Unless your goal is to win Olympic gold, it’s good to have some tasty treats once in a while. After all, life is meant to be enjoyed.
Next on this list of the most important things incredibly healthy people never do is not drink enough fluids (or forget about them altogether). Hydration is essential for your overall health and well-being, and even the smallest level of dehydration can impact your focus, mood, energy and more.
Drink plenty of water and the occasional coffee or tea (without tons of sugars and additives). The amount of liquid to drink depends on how much physical activity you dotime, and more, so drink enough to get your urine very light yellow to colorless.
Healthy living isn’t just about your muscle or your fat; your mental and emotional health is also extremely important. Remember to laugh and smile every day. The healthiest people don’t waste their energy on negativity, stress, or anger. When bad things happen, they quickly move on and focus on the better parts of life.
Things like gratitude or mindfulness practices can do wonders for your mental health. Also, keep friends who bring out the best in you and help you through tough times. After all, your personal relationships are the number one factor in happiness – science says so!
Anthony J. Yeung
Anthony J. Yeung, CSCS, is a fitness expert featured in Esquire, GQ, and Men’s Health and the founder of GroomBuilder, the destination for men who want to transform their bodies for their weddings. Join the free 5-day course to burn fat and build muscle for the big day! Read more