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These easy-to-adopt healthy habits can save you from early death

Being physically inactive is the root cause of most health issues. If you’d like to get fitter or shed a few pounds but find that gymming or dieting is not your jam, try following these 7 simple habits that’ll go a long way in building your health.

fitness Updated: Jul 17, 2018 16:59 IST
HT correspondent
HT correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
If you find it too much to commit to a fitness routine like working out at a gym or yoga, take baby steps and go for a daily run.
If you find it too much to commit to a fitness routine like working out at a gym or yoga, take baby steps and go for a daily run. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
         

The secret to happiness or at least contentment with your health plans is to set achievable goals. If you’d like to develop some healthy habits – get fitter, lose weight, or simply keep diseases at bay as you age – but find that gymming or dieting is not your jam, try following these 7 healthy habits. Make them your cardinal rules and follow them come what may. Is there anything in the world more important than your health and wellbeing?

According to new research it takes at least two months to develop a new habit. It will take time before these good practices become a part of your routine, but remember – it starts with the first step.

Exercise daily

Being physically inactive is the root cause of most health issues. Studies say sitting for long hours can increase risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dying prematurely. If you are used to a sedentary lifestyle and find it too much to commit to a fitness routine like working out at a gym or yoga, take baby steps. Make it a point to step out every day, go for a walk or a run. Or take up a sport like badminton or tennis with a friend or your partner.

Have a high-fibre, protein-rich breakfast

Skipping breakfast is one of the most common mistake people make. Breakfast powers you through the morning and is the most important meal of the day. It replenishes blood sugar, boosts metabolism, cognitive abilities and overall productivity. If you are always running late for work, learn to manage your time better or pack something that you can eat on the go like an egg sandwich or poha.

Drink lots of water

Experts recommend that you take in at least two to three litres of water every day.
Experts recommend that you take in at least two to three litres of water every day. ( Getty Images/iStockphoto )

Another easy and inexpensive way to good health, metabolism and glowing skin is to drink plenty of water. Experts recommend that you take in at least two to three litres of water every day. Make it a point to always keep a bottle of water on your work station if you tend to forget or download apps that’ll beep reminders and monitor your daily water intake. Here are some expert suggestions to increase your water intake.

Chew, not gulp your food

When you sit down to have a meal – be it breakfast, lunch or dinner – do it mindfully. Chew every bite and don’t let anything rush you. Chewing food well helps in digestion and builds your immunity. In the 20-25 minutes you set aside for eating, don’t mull on your current worries or work issues. Put your phone on silent mode and relish your meal.

Wear comfortable shoes

You are on your feet all day. Be nice to them. Invest in footwear that is comfortable and smart. It’ll improve your posture, efficiency and – with no shoe bites to make you grouchy – vastly improve your mood. Check out these 6 tips to get the right shoe size when shopping online.

Brush your teeth at night

Change your toothbrush every three months.
Change your toothbrush every three months. ( Getty Images/iStockphoto )

Avoid plaque, cavities, oral infections by brushing your teeth after every meal. If that is not possible, make it a point to brush your teeth before going to bed. Also change your toothbrush every three months. Maintaining dental health is like investing in a retirement fund. Your future self will thank you. Follow these tips to keep your teeth healthy.

Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily

A good night’s rest not only benefits your mind, body and mood, it also lowers your risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease and premature death.