Good Habits: 50 Tips to Get Healthy & Stay Healthy

50. Get Your Zzzzz’s

Getting enough sleep can be challenging but lack of quality sleep is detrimental to your health, your skin, your waistline and more. So shut off the phone and TV and aim for 8 hours.

35.Give Negative Nancys & Other Emotional Vampires the Boot

Positive mental healthy is an important part of a healthy life. You don’t need toxic people in your life. If you feel that a friend is overly critical or negative, then let him/her go.

34. Drink more water.

Water is essential for our body to function, it helps remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. We lose water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing, so replenishing our water intake is essential.

33. Take a Deep Breath

Take a breather, literally. Do some deep breathing. Inhale and count up to 5 seconds, hold it for a few seconds, and release slowly. Great for your body, this can lower blood pressure, curb anxiety and promote the release of your body’s feel good chemicals.

32. Talk It Out

If stress and anxiety are becoming the norm, consider finding a therapist to help you figure out what’s going on. Quality counselors can help you get traction on problems and move through difficult times in your life easier.

31. Eat Over the Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables with bright colors are usually high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are good for health because they remove free radicals in our body that damage our cells. So get your fill of fruits/vegetables of different colors: White (Bananas, Mushroom), Yellow (Pineapples, Mango), Orange (Orange, Papaya), Red (Apple, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon), Green (Guava, Avocados, Cucumber, Lettuce, Celery), Purple/Blue (Blackberries, Eggplant, Prunes).

30. Curb Carbs

Pay attention to your carbohydrate intake because sugary snacks and refined carbs spike blood sugar and cause midsection pouch. Choose whole grains, beans, and vegetables instead.

29. Grasp Garlic’s Goodness

Garlic appears to ward off more than vampires, it appears to have antiviral and antibacterial properties that are believed to boost immunity.

28. Get a Rub

A massage is a zero calorie reward and is good for mind and body.

27. Be Pro Probiotics

Stave off yeast infections and constipation with probiotics. Foods such as naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and yogurt with active cultures, also contain these helpful bacteria.

26. Get Tea’d Off

Compounds in tea called polyphenols are good for all sorts of issues from eczema to great skin to heart health.

36.Journal out unhappy thoughts

Don’t let negative thoughts pile up inside you, journaling can be a healthy way to brain dump frustration.

37. Improve your posture.

Good posture improves your breathing, protects your back and neck and makes you look alert and attractive.

38. See Your Dentist

Good dental hygiene nixes bad breath and grungy teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, rinse your mouth after each meal and floss your teeth at night.

49. Resist the Urge to Super Size

Eating fast food occasionally is not absolute evil incarnate, however, eating devilish portions of it is, so stick to smaller servings and if you must hit the drive-thru, opt for a kid’s meal which is much more in line with adult portion sizes.

48. Coffee for Brain Health

While it is wise to avoid expensive and high calorie coffee drinks, a few cups of caffeinated coffee a day has been linked to a reduced rick of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

47. Go Bananas

Because bananas are rich in potassium, eating a banana once a day can significantly lower your blood pressure.

45. Pick a Cleaner Cleaner 

Eating fish high in omega-3 or taking a fish-oil supplement is one of the easiest things you can do for good heart and brain health. Positively impacting everything from cardiac death to depression, there is nothing fishy about good health.

44. Pick Pistachios

Instead of chips with your sandwich, switch to unsalted pistachios. In recent study, people who ate two to three ounces of unsalted pistachios a day for four weeks raised their HDL cholesterol.

43. Love the One You’re With

How do you reap the benefits of having a supportive family if your own family is highly dysfunctional, abusive or toxic? Create your own. Surround yourself with friends and even older people who are good models.

42. Stop Being So Hard On Yourself

Negative self talk reinforces self-esteem issues. Be your own best friend and limit self-limiting internal dialogue.

41. Hug It Out

Hugging has many benefits including its ability to sooth and calm. Don’t have a human nearby? Pets count too.

40. Go Vegetarian Short-Term

Vegetarian doesn’t necessarily equal optimal health-- there are unhealthy vegetarian food choices but there are many proven health benefits of a vergetarian diet. Take a 10 day no meat challenge and see how you feel.

39. Just Say No

Don’t say yes to everything and end up overscheduled and stressed out. It is ok to say no to an occasional dinner, an outside work project commitment, even doing someone a favour.

25. Improve Your 'Tude 

People whose glass tends to be half full live longer and have fewer life-threatening diseases.

24. Oh Honey

Research suggests that honey may be more effective than cough syrup at easing nighttime coughing. Use a medicinal-grade variety such as Manuka honey.

11. Do For Others

Feeling blue, restless or lonely? Getting involved in a little charity work or doing something kind for someone in need can completely turn your attitude around. Finding an organisation with ongoing opportunities can be a great way to meet new friends.

10. Catch Up on Your Check-Ups

Dental? Gyno? Eye doc? Colonoscopy? Whatever the screening, preventative care or annual check up you are delaying, commit to getting it done. Regular preventative care minimises health issues, pain and expense down the road.

9. Super Sneakers

The right shoe and fit can account for foot flaws like flat feet or over pronation. Get good trainers and fend off overuse injuries and keep your tootsies top notch.

8. Invest in a Cast Iron Skillet

Cooking in a cast iron pan increases its iron content many times over.

7. Don’t Overdo the Antibiotics

Sure your doc might cave and proscribe an antibiotic without confirmation you need them but overusing antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria and decimate your body's good bacteria.

6. Stop Drinking So Many Calories

Stop swigging so many empty calories. Limit your intake of soda, fruit drinks, high calorie coffee drinks and alcohol. Even fruit juice is high in sugar so stick to mineral waters with a splash of juice for a big boost in antioxidants without too many added calories or sugar.

5. Protect Your Peepers

Go for grown-up shades with the recommended UVA and UVB protection and reduce your risk of developing major eye problems down the line.

4. Be a Napster

More and more research is bearing out the idea a power naps can diminish stress and wisely recharge. The key is timing, keep it to no more than a half hour and you’ll feel refreshed.

3. Laugh Away Your Cares

Come on, don’t laugh about laughing away stress, it works. Find a funny show, listen to a favourite comedian on your IPod during a workout and spend time with people who make you laugh.

2. Get Up, Get Moving, Have Fun

Finding physical activities that you actually like is a great way to make sure these good habits stick. So clean, dance, garden, whatever gets your body moving and puts a smile on your face.

12. Learn Something New Everyday

It’s good for your brain and your self-worth to learn to do new things. Learn some real usable skills like how to unclog the toilet, file your taxes, or try your hand at a new hobby.

13. Made In the Shade

Despite what Aunt Mildred (who looks like an old leather suitcase) says, a "base tan" won't protect against anything. Better to go faux if you go and wear your SPF, hat, sunnies and choose the shade where possible.

14. Condoms
are Your Friend

While rates for some STDs have gone down, others like gonorrhea and chlamydia are up. Especially if you are in a higher risk group for STDs, consider condoms your cootie armor.

23. Wash Your Hands & Keep Them Out of Your Mouth

Fend off colds, flus and infectious diseases with this simple step you probably learned in preschool.

22. Save Your Skin With a Showerhead Filter

Get a filter that blocks chlorine, which can eighty-six helpful bacteria on your skin, deplete moisture and exacerbate conditions like eczema and psoriasis. A good filter can even cut down on chemicals that lead to dull hair and split ends.

22. Save Your Skin With a Showerhead Filter

Get a filter that blocks chlorine, which can eighty-six helpful bacteria on your skin, deplete moisture and exacerbate conditions like eczema and psoriasis. A good filter can even cut down on chemicals that lead to dull hair and split ends.

21. Toss the Talons

Nails are little petri dishes anyhow but acrylic nails can leave this gaps that collect dirt and germs that soap and water can’t reach. Plus the acrylic is bad for your natural nails. Give those fake talons the boot and spend the savings on a regular manicure to get your natural nails in shape.

20. Make Friends

Solid social support has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and better mental health so what a wonderful excuse to hang out.

19. Bound to Be a Better Bra

Quit squeezing your girls into an ill-fitting torture device today. Shop specialty stores where they do bra measuring and invest in at least two good bras, your bubbies will thank you.

18. Forget Fads, Ditch Detox Diets

Master cleanses and cookie diets won’t help you permanently lose weight. In fact, diets like these usually cause rebound weight gain because your metabolism goes into starvation mode and dieters often binge afterward feeling so deprived. Likewise, fasting and ultra-dieting can cause you to lose muscle mass which will in turn slow down your metabolism even more. Eat less, exercise more.

17. Buckle Up

Motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death in people ages 2 through 34. It's estimated that from 1975 to 2006, seat belts saved 226,567 lives.

16. Cradle Your Cranium, Buffer Your Brain

Whether you board, skate or bike, look for a melon protector that fits snugly (no wobbling when you push it side to side) and sit level on your head (not tilted back) with the front edge no more than an inch above your eyebrows.

15. Step Out of the Stilettos 

Stripper heels strain you joints, tax your back and can lead to painful and ugly deformities like bunions and hammertoes. Stick with a height of two inches or less.

1. Can you hear me now?

It is ok to love music but you need to show your ears a little love too. Watch the volume on those ear buds and consider ear plugs at work if you are exposed to a great deal of noise or for tasks like mowing the lawn or extra loud concerts. Sure it isn’t easy to remember but too much loud noise can impart lasting damage on your ability to hear. Say what?

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