Are you still trying to meet your health and wellness goals for 2020? It can be a challenge since many of us are stuck indoors right now due to the coronavirus. However, it is still possible to make some of the lifestyle adjustments you need in order to be your healthiest. Here are some tips to help you avoid the primary lifestyle mistakes that people make regarding health.
#1 Not Staying Properly Hydrated
You need to drink sufficient water to keep your body healthy. While there is some variance in the suggestions, the minimum you will see is 8 cups per day (64 ounces). According to one recommendation, women should be drinking at least 74 ounces of water per day, and men should have no less than 101 ounces. You need even more water if you live in a hot, dry climate, are very active, or if you have a health condition like a propensity toward kidney stones.
Water will help you manage your weight and can flush toxins from the body. It is vital for your skin health so that you don’t get flaky, dry patches. Keep in mind that the body sometimes misinterprets thirst for hunger, so when you have a food craving, try drinking a glass of water first.
#2 Not Getting Enough Fruits and Veggies
You need fresh fruits and vegetables for proper nutrition. Darky leafy greens are essential for fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamins like C and K. Most berries have antioxidants that provide an anti-inflammatory effect. These are just a couple of examples that show why fresh fruits and vegetables need to be a part of every meal.
#3 Poor Sleep Environment
Not getting enough sleep can leave you with a groggy feeling all day long. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the effects of not getting eight hours of sleep per night. Weight gain, attention issues, and irritability are all related to a lack of proper sleep.
To sleep through the night each night, you have to allocate enough time to rest. You also have to create the right sleep environment. A dark and quiet room is best for most people. Your smartphone can be your worst enemy when it comes to trying to relax at night. Charging the phone in another room may help you resist the urge to stay up late on your device.
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#4 Staying Indoors All the Time
Obviously, during a pandemic, there is an exception. However, once things start to open back up again, spending time outside each day is a must. You need to be in the sun for at least half an hour per day for your body to produce enough vitamin D, so a supplement may be a good idea if you can’t go outside daily right now. If you have a way to go for a walk while practicing social distancing, it can help to get your blood pumping, burn some calories, and boost your mood.
#5 Drinking Too Much Sugar and Caffeine
We already mentioned the need for proper hydration. Caffeine and sugar can both work against your water intake. So if you have more than one cup of coffee in the morning, remember that you will need to drink extra water to offset it. The same holds true if your drink soda. Artificial sweeteners are just as bad for you, if not worse.
#6 Staying Socially Isolated
There is a vast difference between social distancing and social isolation. Social distancing is a must during a time of pandemic in order to halt the spread of the disease. But there are still ways to associate with your friends and family members. Here are some things that you can do over videoconferencing to get together with friends.
- Plan a meal together – Have everyone try out the same recipe, so you are all eating the same meal.
- Go on a date – Call that person you have a crush on and see if they are willing to try an online date. Some streaming services are allowing people to watch movies together remotely. You will both have to prepare your own meal, but you could still have dinner and a movie.
- Take your coffee break together – Plan to meet a friend for just a few minutes during your coffee break and catch up a little.
Spending time with your loved ones is vital for your mental health and emotional wellbeing.
#7 Too Much Stress
Stress isn’t automatically bad. It can help your body to prepare for a sudden activity or to cope with an emergency. However, elevated stress levels over a long period of time can cause wear and tear on the body both physically and mentally. There are numerous studies showing the benefits of ashwagandha when it comes to stress. To learn more, you can read our blog post on Ashwagandha benefits for men and women.
#8 Taking Supplements with Too Many Additives
If your supplements have tons of additives, you are putting too many bad things into your body, along with the good. That is why Warrior Strong Wellness produces supplements with no additives or preservatives. You only get the good stuff when you shop with us.