The 10 Best Things You Can Do For Your Body

Small changes are sometimes all it takes to improve your health drastically. 10 simple things you can do for your body daily to live a healthier life, after the jump!

  1. Sleep  

Us hard working girls are sleep deprived, but we can’t use our busy lives as an excuse to skimp on sleep. Sleep is one of the absolute best things you can do for your body and your life. It improves memory, reduces stress, helps your body fight infection, flushes out brain toxins, maintains cognitive and physical function, and so much more.  Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

  2. Meditate  

Meditation has some serious health benefits. It helps with stress reduction, depression, sleep, anxiety, lower blood pressure, improved immunity, and improved cardiovascular function. It also just makes you feel much better to simply disconnect from life for a few minutes. "Om"-ing is optional but at least take 10-20 minutes every day to relax your mind and de-stress with breathing exercises (breathe in for a count of five and out for a count of five, five times).

  3. Drink Warm Lemon Water  

For some serious health benefits, look no further than a squeezed lemon. A glass of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon keeps you keep hydrated, helps your body eliminate waste, aids in digestion, detoxes your body, rejuvenates you skin, boosts your mood and cleanses your liver, to name a few. 

  4. Stretch  

Stretching helps relax your muscles and your mind, gives you greater blood circulation, better posture, more flexibility, a sounder sleep and increased energy levels. It’s also a great way to spend 5 or 10 minutes focusing on yourself and your body.

  5. Get Moving  

Exercise is great for both your body and your mind and essential to your overall health. It elevates your mood, gives you more energy, helps with sleep, helps your body flush out toxins. And you don’t even have to hit the gym hard to get your exercise in. Instead, take advantage of every opportunity to move. Take the stairs, explore your neighborhood on foot, play volleyball at the beach instead of soaking up the sun, ride a bike, walk to the grocery store. Aim for moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, at minimum.

  6. Eat Green  

If you’re not eating something green every day, you’re cheating your body out of essential vitamins and nutrients. And nowadays there is no excuse. If you don’t like vegetables, don’t have time or are just lazy, there are so many supplemental green powders you can mix in a glass of water or your smoothies.

  7. Drink Water (and then more water)  

Feeling tired? Have headaches? Feel hungry a lot? You’re probably dehydrated. Not getting enough water can lead to all sorts of issues and also shows on your tired looking skin, hair and nails. Staying hydrated gives you higher energy levels, better brain function, better digestion, helps with weight loss, not to mention makes your skin, hair and nails super healthy and acne-free. Aim to drink about half your body weight in fluid ounces per day.

  8. Brush and Floss  

One of the best things you can do for your body is take care of your mouth. Bacteria can invade the body through the mouth, and this bacteria can lead to all kinds of health problems, inflammation, illnesses, even heart disease.

  9. Stand Up Straight  

When you slouch, your body takes in as much as 30% less oxygen than you’d take in with good posture, which can lead to feeling fatigue. Being upright helps open up your airways, which makes your more productive and have more energy. Standing up tall also makes you more energetic, happy and positive. It also reinforces confidence and helps maintain your self esteem.

  10. Practice Gratitude  

Most of our inner dialogue is likely taken up by to-do lists and other stresses. Take the time throughout the day to stop and be grateful for the little things. After a conversation with a friend, stop and smile at the fact that you can speak. When you cozy up at night, be grateful for your warm blankets and comfy bed. Be happy that you feel safe walking out your front door or that you have plenty of food to eat. By making space for these moments, your mind shifts from its usual state of overstimulation into one that's calm and happy.

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