5 Easy Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Besides Exercising
Updated: Sep 24
Exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle, but there's plenty of exciting workout routines and blogs that cover everything fitness related. Since I'm no expert on the topic, I want to share 5 OTHER ways to live healthily besides exercising. These are very simple commonsense ways to make sure you keep your body and mind healthy and feeling good.
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1. Sleep More
Make sure you're getting enough sleep each night. It will improve your concentration at work and help boost your energy levels. An added benefit is that your body burns the most fat while you're sleeping so you are likely to stay in shape.
I chew some melatonin gummies once in a while if I'm having trouble falling asleep. Valerian Root and Melatonin helps regulate your body's circadian rhythm, also known as the body's internal clock.
Another thing I find helpful is to listen to some soothing music right before going to bed. It usually makes me sleepy and more likely to fall asleep easily.
2. Drink more tea
Try to have at least 1 cup of tea each day. Try organic white tea, because it's actually one of the healthiest teas out there. Why white tea? Not only is it full of antioxidants, but it also offers other health benefits. White tea is good for heart health because it lowers cholesterol levels. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and targets viruses and parasites in your body, which is perfect for this period.
Not a fan of white tea? Try red tea, it's perfect for detoxing and cleansing your body. The is a popular way to cleanse your colon. Red tea is another name for Rooibos - a popular tea that is also full of antioxidants but the best part is that red tea is caffeine-free, meaning you can drink it before bed.
3. Try going vegan at least 1 day of the week.
Switch to a vegan diet at least one day a week. If you feel like being vegan all the time is too difficult for you, try it one step at a time. Find easy-to-make vegan recipes you'll enjoy. By trying vegan (or even vegetarian diets), you are forcing yourself to eat more fruit and vegetables.
There is real science-based evidence that a vegan diet has many health benefits.
Here are a few:
- A vegan diet aids in weight loss. People lose more body fat on a vegan diet than on other weight-loss diets.
- Vegan diets help lower your cholesterol and your blood sugar levels.
- There's a link between eating vegan foods and lower rates of cardiovascular disease, so it's good for heart health.
Not sure what to eat? There are some great vegan cookbooks with a variety of wholesome and quick recipes.
4. Reduce the amount of junk food you eat
If you find yourself eating lots of junk food, especially snacks, try finding healthy snacks to eat instead. Eat some almonds or walnuts and try rice crisps instead of potato chips. When you feel like you're craving a burger, try making a healthier version at home. Some good snacks to try are energy balls, superfood snacks, and gluten-free pastries.
5. Walk more
I know that walking is technically a form of exercise, but it's not really demanding or hardcore in any way. I am encouraging slow, mindful walking. Observe your surroundings, take photos, stop, and meditate.
Walking is beneficial to your body because it is a low-impact form of exercise, meaning it won’t put a strain on your muscles and joints.
It improves the blood flow in your circulatory system and keeps the heart pumping. All you need is a 30-minute walk every day to keep stay healthy. It's recommended that you take at least 10,000 steps per day. Try getting a Fitbit smartwatch or other fitness band to track the number of steps you take during your walk. Once I got a fitness bracelet, I kept walking further and further each time just to increase the number of steps I was taking!
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