Having a healthy body should always be our top priority.
If you’ve been thinking about what it takes to have a healthy body and get in your best possible shape, here’s what you should do:
1. Drink water
Why – your body needs cleaning both on the outside and on the inside.
You take showers daily to keep your skin clean – and on the inside, it is just the same.
Your body needs water to eliminate the toxins it accumulates over time.
What to do – the idea that a person should drink 4.4 pounds of water is outdated.
You wouldn’t expect a 5’2″ woman to drink the same amount of water as a 6’2″ man.
What you need to do is adapt your water intake – your body needs 2.2 pounds of water for every 55 lbs.
If you weigh 165 lbs. you should drink 6.6 pounds of water a day.
2. Keep an eye on nutrients.
Why – calories are irrelevant when it comes to how well-fed a body is.
I’m sure you’ve heard of people who maybe are overweight but deal with anemia.
This happens because most of the foods we eat are scarce in nutrients, and just because you eat enough, that doesn’t mean your cells get the fuel they need.
What to do – When you’re grocery shopping, start reading the nutritional values on the products’ labels.
A great first step is comparing products to see which is richer in nutrients.
3. Have five balanced meals throughout the day.
Why – your body is a constant burner.
This means it needs constant fuel all day long.
If you only have one large meal in the morning or the evening, it will be too much for it to handle at once and you’ll feel hungry soon enough.
What to do – schedule your meals and stick to them. You should eat every 3 or 4 hours to meet your body’s requirements.
Eat breakfast within 30 minutes after waking up, and then schedule the snacks, lunch, and dinner accordingly.
Have a snack between breakfast and lunch, and another one between lunch and dinner.
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4. Don’t aim to be skinny, be fit.
Why – skinny doesn’t always mean healthy.
As a matter of fact, it almost never means healthy.
When someone is skinny, it means they don’t have enough muscle mass for their height.
As years go by, the muscle mass is the key factor for a healthy body.
What to do – make sure your diet includes enough protein, which feeds the muscle mass.
You need 1 g of protein for every 2 pounds; thus a person weighing 165 pounds would need 83 g of protein a day.
5. Get enough sleep.
Why – lack of sleep wreaks havoc on your health on long-term.
Both studies have shown, and I have personally met people whose daily routine activities were affected by a lack of rest.
What to do – in the evening, create an ambient that favors sleeping.
Dim the lights, cut the TV and put the worries on the shelf until the next morning.
I know it might sound a lot different from the habits you have today, but these here are the keys to your well being.
Tackle one change at a time, add a new habit each month, and in half a year’s time, you won’t recognize yourself!
To your health!