Four tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle

by Caroline Cho

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Photo courtesy of National Cancer Institute/Wikimedia commons

It is that time of year again. The time of year when people attempt to change their everyday habits of sleeping late, eating junk food, and watching Netflix for hours on end. The time of year when adolescents begin to reflect on their attitudes, decisions from the previous semester, and forge makeshift resolutions for the new year.

Instead of creating temporary dreams in your head, it is time to take action in order to make real changes. Here are four, easy tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle and see positive change in your everyday persona and actions:

Drink water

Water, the essential building block of life, is a significant factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as it regulates body temperature and pH levels and other bodily fluids.

Remember to drink about eight to ten bottles of water a day. It is crucial for growing adolescents to constantly drink enough water to replenish their bodily fluids and stay hydrated.

Sleep 8 to 10 hours a day

High school students are prone to distractions such as smartphones, television, and video games. All of these are examples of idolized material objects that consume student lives, making learning and memorizing much harder.

Many students are suffering from sleep deprivation, meaning  that they cannot function properly and they cannot process information the way they could if they had a full night’s rest. For students whose priority is to retain information and understand what they learn, sleep is a vital function which allows for physical and mental restoration.

Our bodies that are continuously adapting to new hormones and different situations–need more sleep, about eight to then hours a night.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

“Just do it!”

Many have heard this three word motivational sentence. Yet, people rarely put this phrase into practice in their everyday lives.  In order to maintain a consistent lifestyle and to avoid future health complications and risks, it is very important to move and exercise until you are sweating. Sweating is a necessary element in exercising. It is a sign that your body is flushing out the toxins that are preventing you from unleashing your true, healthy potential.

Say ‘NO’ to processed foods

Ultimately, say ‘no’ to processed foods. If you exercise, drink water, and consistently get a full night’s rest, you should also eat proper, whole meals.

Do not reach for the sweets or the carbohydrates that fill you up for a short time. Instead, pick healthier choices of foods, especially lean meat and nuts. One example of a diet that will keep you on the right track is the Paleo Diet which consists of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables but excludes diary, gain, and processed food. The Paleo Diet is equivalent to the diet of a caveman.

By eating foods that are not processed, you are at less risk of developing food-borne illnesses or contracting diseases that are caused by toxic chemicals in GMO foods.

In the end, make sure to keep a positive attitude. The first step begins with you. Push harder, persevere, and you will be able to maintain the lifestyle that you fantasize for.

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