5 Important Health Habits To Improve On (My Goals)

I took a little break from blogging this weekend with a stomach virus that kept me in bed and although I did want to post something I could think of nothing else after that terrible incident at the Sandy Hook Elementary School of Connecticut on Friday morning. Words cannot express how saddened I am by these senseless and horrible murders. My heart goes out to those who were touched by this horrifying tragedy! It is something no one should ever have to go through with someone they love. I know I am not the only one in disbelief over this tragic event. All I can do is hug my own son tight and hope and pray for no more pain, loss or destruction!

On a much different lighter note: I am back, feeling a little better and hoping to only share good news in the future.
It's not often that I mention the health topic but I have to admit it is something very important to me. Like most human beings I have some good health habits and some not so great that I challenge myself to break. Taking care of myself properly helps me feel my very best every day. From time to time I think over those habits and try to create a healthier plan. With the new year a little less then a month away I know I'm not the only one thinking about improving health wise.  I am constantly in search of fun shortcuts to help me maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are 5 of the health habits that I feel are most important- some of which I am not always so great at and many of which I have improved on in the past over time. I will also include some of my own ideas or tips. I hope I can inspire you to start some healthy new habits and scratch some those old less healthy ones for the future. Changing your health habits up just a little could lead you to experience a variety of personal health benefits such as having more energy, losing weight, improving regularity, or just feeling healthier overall.

1) Eat well-
This category can be defined in so many ways depending where you are at weight wise, what kind of eater you are and how busy your daily schedule is. The choices can be very different for each individual:
-Making sure to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks daily (not more, not less) can be very beneficial to some. 
-Cutting out 1 specific item that may be very tempting but at the same time is not very good for the body-chocolate, candy, caffeine, soda, sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, mono sodium glutamate this can aid in eating well too.
Don't remove them all at the same time of course as it'll take time getting used to not enjoying even just that one thing and you don't need to keep to it forever- try it and see how you feel without it.
- Starting a new diet, counting calories, logging foods and just changing it up a little. There are so many diets out there. One that works really well for one person may not work at all for another so it's all about finding something that is great for you. I personally have found weight watchers to work pretty well for me and when I'm not doing a diet I keep under a certain number for calorie intake and log my daily foods with myfitnesspal.com and that has always been helpful.
2) Exercise-
Whether you have a goal to lose 20-30 lbs or would just like to stay in shape and feel your best, exercise will make a huge difference in your life. Try to fit it in twice a week or more-It can be following a 30 minute exercise video, a jog around the block, 10 jumping jacks before bed and in the morning when you wake up or even joining the local gym. You will not only sleep better and feel more energized every day, If you keep to a routine you could easily shed unwanted weight!

3) Drink 8 Cups or more of Water a day-
This will keep you hydrated, and help keep your metabolism running properly. I like to fill a really large water bottle in the morning and bring it everywhere I go drinking it throughout the day. Although it may sound like a given it can be easy to forget during a busy day.

4) Get Enough Sleep-
Sleep is an essential part of our daily lives because it allows us to rejuvenate for the following day’s activities and helps keeps the body and mind healthy. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep. I personally don't function very well with less then 6 hours of sleep so I know that I need to get 6 hours minimum every night to have the best day possible the next morning. Small changes in your routine can help you get the sleep you need. Like keeping to a schedule- going to sleep at the same time and getting the same amount of sleep every night.  Your body craves consistency, plus you're more likely to get enough sleep if you schedule rest like your other important tasks. This is the one I am worst at and hope to improve on most in the near future.
5) Remove makeup before going to sleep and keep to a good skin care routine both in the morning and evening-
This is a great way of getting into that relaxing pampered mode before bed and that energized awake state of mind in the morning. It will also help to keep your skin looking it's very best all the time.
For me I would say sleep is the one I need to work on most. I am not always able to keep to a schedule depending what I need to get done around the house and I do know how much it effects my days- my mood, what I accomplish, how I eat and how I feel.
What good health habits do you include in your daily routine that you would recommend to me? Which of the ones I mentioned are important to you as well?
Let me know in the comments form below. I love to hear from you.
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