10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Physical & Mental Health

By Sweet Whit

1. Drink more water. Drinking water helps you burn fat and increases your energy level. Eliminating sodas and juices from your diet will also help you reduce your sugar intake. Diet sodas are generally bad as well. Try adding fresh fruit, mint leaves or both to your water for a subtle hint of flavor.

2. No smoking or alcohol. Okay, I lied because clearly this one is not easy for many of us. But, if you really want to give your physical and mental health a boost, stay away from the booze and smoking. Alcohol is considered a depressant so if you're feeling down already it's best to avoid drinking, especially at night.

3. Cut back on the whites. AKA complex carbs and starches, they taste so good but can do so much damage; white bread, rolls, cakes, bagels, pizza, etc. 

4. Pump up the greens. Broccoli, spinach, asparagus, salad, celery sticks, cucumbers, etc.   

5. Limit your intake of processed and fried foods. Food in it's natural state offers the most nutritional value.

6. Adequate sleep. Although this is not realistic for many people try to prioritize getting at least 8 hours of sleep each day.

7. Eating regularly. Eating regular meals is just as important as not starving yourself. Eating 3-4 smaller meals per day is much better for your body and metabolism than over-eating 1-2 times per day because when you starve yourself, your body holds on to the calories.

8. At least 30 minutes of exercise 3-4 times per week. 3 sets of 10 push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, burpies, etc. will help you lose fat and tone up quickly. Biking, dancing and swimming are great cardio workouts that have a pretty low impact on knees and other, joints but they will still give you a high intensity workout.

9. Try a multi-vitamin. Taking a multivitamin every day provides you with an array of essential vitamins and minerals to help maintain optimal health.

10. Regular relaxation. Meditation, reading, listening to music or running water, sitting in the sauna, deep breathing, a hot bath, massage, etc.