Health is one of those things we can never really have enough of. It’s important to stay healthy and in good shape most of the time, but it’s only sometimes possible for a variety of reasons. So wouldn’t it be great if you could do small things to be healthier during the days when you don’t feel like getting off your bed? If you’ve got a day coming up where your motivation flags, try one or two of these ideas to improve your health even when life is busy. Tips to stay healthy in small ways.
1. Eat a piece of fruit every day instead of a bagel
Snacking on fruit can really help you feel full, as fruits are low in calories (and high in vitamins and antioxidants). Oranges are known to help with mild depression, so having one after lunch or dinner may help you feel better and be less likely to grab food from the wrong places.
2. Drink more water
You’d be amazed at how much water you need to get more of each day. A good rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces daily, but if you need more, try taking a sports water bottle with you wherever you go!
3. Keep your sheets and pillowcases clean
Dust mites collect in our linens and pillows, causing us to become allergic and wheezy over time. And the more you have in your room, the more dust mites hit, which makes you sicker. Wash your sheets and blankets once per week in hot water (not in a dryer). Even if they’re not dirty, throw them in the wash and make sure they’re dry before you put them back on your bed. Use a pillowcase (and pillowcase cover) that breathes to prevent allergens from settling in.
4. Keep your hands clean
Your hands are one of the dirtiest parts of your body and make you vulnerable to illness and disease. Please wash your hands for 30 seconds with soap each time you use the bathroom or after touching pets or animals at a petting zoo (they carry germs). It will go a long way towards making you healthier in small ways.
5. Practice good dental hygiene
Most people brush and floss their teeth 2-3 times daily, but it needs to go further. Brushing too hard can wear down the enamel on your teeth and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing is important to keep those tiny little tartar bits off your teeth, especially if you don’t have a lot of saliva in your mouth. If you want to ramp up your dental routine, buy a good toothbrush with a nice hard bristles and replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Floss has to be able to reach the back of your mouth and those tiny little gaps between the teeth, or else it’s of little help.
These are just a few ideas for things you can do to keep yourself healthy in small ways. Getting enough exercise or going to the doctor is not always possible, but every little bit of health helps when you’re living with your symptoms or chronic illness.