Sometimes, good health feels like a luxury. We live in a busy world, and finding the time and energy for taking care of ourselves can often fall by the wayside. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean overall wellness needs to be elusive. Here are some tips for embracing a lifestyle that keeps you in top shape with head-to-toe health without investing a lot of time, money, or energy.
Head-to-Toe Health Tips for You
Spruce Up Your Space
It’s no secret that we tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff.” When those belongings are disorganized, it can do more than create a cluttered home – it can actually affect your mental and physical health. Clutter can feed anxiety, reminding you of unfinished projects and making you feel bogged down. As Psychology Today explains, an uncluttered space can help you feel more productive and energized, improve your self-confidence, and spark creativity.
Too much clutter also impacts your physical health. Not only could you suffer potential consequences from the stress that accompanies clutter, but it also tends to mean dust and dirt accumulate since it’s harder to clean around piles. Dust is associated with illnesses and allergies. If dirty dishes or trash are piling up, you could be inviting pests into your home and allowing bacteria to accumulate.
You can give your home a thorough cleaning and de-cluttering by beginning with short five-minute spurts, or if you simply don’t have the time and energy, kick-start your project by hiring a professional service to help you out. Homeowners usually spend between $116 and $235 nationally for a one-time cleaning, but it’s an investment in your well-being and contributes to your head-to-toe health!
Enjoy Good Eats
If you think of dry, bland, expensive, and inconvenient when you think of healthy food, think again! There are plenty of ways to embrace a healthy, balanced diet without overspending and without going to a lot of trouble. For your busy days, plan some healthy make-ahead meals to make it easier on yourself. You can put together a pot of soup and freeze meal-size portions, or if you prefer slow-cooker style, that’s an easy, time-saving solution as well.
In all your meals, aim for ample veggies and fruits, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains. If you have some tried-and-true recipes you don’t want to leave behind, explore some healthy substitutions to bring new life to your standbys, such as using yogurt in exchange for mayo, swapping an avocado for butter, and replacing potatoes with cauliflower.
You can even save money by shopping at discount groceries and save time and money by building your meal plan based on their current deals. And if you choose to head down the road of “fad diets,” make sure you find one that will help you establish some healthy habits.
Work in Your Workouts
Not everyone has hours to dedicate to a gym regimen, and for those that do, there are sometimes weeks when things get too hectic and it’s impossible to maintain the routine. When life simply won’t accommodate much time for your workout, there are easy alternative solutions. Experts at Health suggest sneaking exercise into your days without disrupting the flow.
For instance, you can put on your athletic shoes and walk briskly while running errands during your lunch hour. Head to a park on your way home from work to hit the hoops or go for a jog. Stuck waiting in line? Use that time to flex muscles, giving yourself a little strength training. Nobody will be the wiser, and you can work out for free!
You might be one of those people who thinks you don’t enjoy exercising. However, exercising is tied to a number of feel-good qualities, boosting endorphin levels, reducing stress, and making you feel happier in general. Chances are that if you “don’t like” exercise, you haven’t found the right workout yet. It really all comes down to how you choose to frame the term “exercise.”
For example, if you enjoy surfing, guess what — that’s exercise! And what’s more, it’s affordable; all you need is a wet suit, a top-quality board (you can find a surfboard for under $200), and, of course, some water!
Enjoy Your Head-to-Toe Health!
Good health doesn’t need to be a luxury. There are simple and convenient ways to include health in your lifestyle. With a de-cluttered home, healthy meals, and some exercise, you can be happier and healthier from to top of your head to the tips of your toes!
Written by Guest Author Jennifer McGregor • Public Health Library