There have been rumours for a while now that the first person to live to 200 years old has already been born. Is it you? Only time will tell. However, in the meantime there are plenty of things you can do to increase your chances of having such a spectacularly long lifespan. If you want to up the health factor in your life but don’t have time to be spending hours at the gym, here are five very simple things you can do every day to make your life a whole lot healthier.
It sounds so simple but you would be amazed at how many people do not drink enough water in a day. Get yourself a snazzy metal water bottle (if nothing else they really make you look like you’ve got your life together) and keep refilling it. Every time it is empty go and fill it up and make that your routine. Eventually you will do it automatically like Pavlovian conditioning.
Yes, you might end up peeing more than you usually do but it is worth it. Water keeps your internal systems working properly, which in turn helps your body function as best it can. Plus, it makes your skin and hair nice and soft.
Get Your Steps In
It doesn’t matter how or when you get those steps in, so long as you do them. Easy ways to walk more in the day include taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work; getting off the bus one stop early and walking the rest of the way; and going for a stroll on your lunch break. You don’t need a fit bit to tell you exactly how many steps you’ve taken but if you think that will motivate you then go ahead.
Ditch the Snacks
Snacking can pile on the calories without you even noticing and can make you feel lethargic and uncomfortable. If you’re the kind of person that gets peckish throughout the day, stock up on dried apricots, carrot sticks, and hard boiled eggs. These will stave off your hunger without taking a toll on your body. You can even treat yourself to some nuts if you have the discipline to just have a few at a time.
Meditation is a concept that sounds a lot more intense than it really is. You do not need to reach some sort of supernatural level of Zen for hours at a time to meditate successfully. In fact, just four minutes is enough to make a difference. Allocate some time to this either in the morning or the evening and try to incorporate it into your daily routine. As you clear your mind of all the stress you’ve accumulated over the day, you will feel lighter, refreshed, and motivated to do whatever comes next.
Get Some Fresh Air
This is so easy and yet so many of us forget to do it. When we are cooped up in the office all day with no natural light or air, it can really impact our mental health. Just five minutes outside taking deep breaths can brighten our mood to no end. On top of that, fresh air affects our melatonin production and can help us develop a better and more regular sleep cycle.