They say your body is a temple. And while we don’t know who they are, they’re certainly not wrong. Treat it that way by prioritizing your health 100 percent of the time.
Here are 10 things you can do every day to make sure you don’t waylay your well-being.
1. Wash your hands…and feet.
Washing your hands several times each day will help prevent the spread of germs and diseases. However, you also need to wash your feet with soap and water as part of your daily shower ritual. This will help keep your feet healthy and avoid issues like athlete’s foot.
2. Drink enough water.
It’s not true that you have to drink eight glasses of water each day. The reality is that your water intake requirements may be much higher. According to One Medical Group, men and women actually need up to 3.7 liters of water each day, including what you intake with food. Water flushes toxins from the body, helps you empty waste products from the colon, and assists with nutrient transportation.
3. Tend your “gut garden.”
You are not alone. There is a colony of microorganisms that number in the trillions (and can weigh as much as five pounds) living in your body. This gut garden, or microbiome, is responsible for emotional control, food digestion, and immune system management. Plexus explains that you have to encourage healthy growth of these microorganisms with probiotics and prebiotics.
4. See the sun.
Exposure to the sun helps your body stay in rhythm and stimulates the production of vitamin D. Just be sure you’re slathering on sunscreen to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
5. Get active.
You probably already know that you need to exercise, but how much? The truth is that it really depends on your fitness goals. If you’re looking to reduce your blood pressure, for example, Women’s Health notes that 90 minutes of exercise each week can help you achieve this goal. You’ll see even more benefits with up to 450 minutes of moderate to strenuous physical activities each week.
Your health is not defined solely by the way your body feels or the numbers on the scale. If you want to be truly healthy, you have to focus on your mental health as well. One of the best ways to do this is to simply socialize every day. Call a friend, take a walk with a neighbor, or have a family dinner.
Stretching is a simple way to instantly relieve stress. Plus, spending a few minutes each morning stretching will help keep your muscles limber and your joints in tip-top shape. It should go without saying, but adding a stretching routine as part of a cool down after a workout can help you ward off sore and aching muscles.
8. Go to bed on time.
While you only have 24 hours in a day, you should devote at least seven of those hours to sleep. Getting enough sleep will help your body produce the energy it needs to get through the rest of your day in addition to countless other benefits. Plus, a lack of sleep can make you sick.
9. Quit comparing.
In the world of Facebook and Instagram, it’s easy to look at other people’s posts and believe their virtual world is their reality. It’s not. Quit comparing yourself to others, both online and in person. Remember, for every person whose life you wish you had, there is someone looking at you the same way.
10. Eat well.
The food you eat is the fuel you use to do everything. Pick your plate wisely and make sure to include at least five vegetables and two fruits every day. Avoid processed foods as much as you can, but don’t deprive yourself of simple pleasures in moderation.
Your health is not something that can take the sideline. If you want to live longer, feel better, and have more energy, you have to take care of yourself from dusk till dawn.