Personal health is a huge trend right now. But health is not just about being physically fit and it should not just be a passing trend.You are only given one body. Why not take care of it? Below are my top 5 tips for healthy living Xx.
1. Drink water! I can not stress this enough. The average human body is 60% water. We need to keep those levels balanced. Which means drinking at least the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. Additionally, water helps flush toxins out of the body and helps keep your complexion clear.
2. Exercise. Everyone is different so this is widely open to interpretation. For example, I hate running! So I hike and weight train. One thing to remember about exercising is that cardio only goes so far. Weights should be mixed with cardio so that once you lose fat, there will be muscle there to give you a trim and strong figure.*
3. Well-balanced diet. Your mom was not wrong: you need to get your vegetables. And your fruit too. Fruits and veggies have a lot of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly. The average meal is supposed to be half fruit/veggies, one quarter carbs, and one quarter protein.
4. Sleep! As a full-time university student, I cannot emphasize the importance of sleep enough! The average teenager/young adult needs at leas 8 hours of sleep a night, with a recommended 10 hours.
5. Good posture. Ok so this one isn't exactly health. But it does make you feel good about yourself! It is amazing how much better you look and feel when your back is straight and your shoulders are held back. You look stronger, thinner, and more confident which, I have noticed, makes you feel that exact way.
BONUS! Moderation. All things in moderation, they always say. I have no idea who "they" are but I always try to live by the 80-20 rule. 80% weights to 20% cardio, 80% healthy foods to 20% sweets, etc. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself every once and a while.
*Disclaimer: I took a weight-training course and got all of my information from my instructor. However, consult an expert before you try anything new to avoid injury from incorrect form.