We understand change can be tough. It can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit. An average of 66 days are needed for a new behavior to become automatic. This is why we tapped our in-house fitness expert, Keisha Villarson, to share three simple and concise tips on forming better healthy habits.
By: Keisha Villarson
My name is Keisha Villarson and I became a NASM-certified personal trainer in 2015, after learning that health-related diseases affect minorities at a disproportionate rate. These diseases can be prevented with exercise and the proper diet. My goal is to continue to educate. I want to be a guide people to lead a healthy lifestyle and building confidence in themselves along the way.
I want to provide you with three things that you can do right now to lead a healthy lifestyle.
1. Drink at least 64 fl oz of water daily
Staying hydrated is vital in keeping every system in our bodies functioning. Water consumption aids in the proper function of our organs and tissues, regulating our blood pressure, aiding in digestion, and effectively carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells.
2. Sleep well
I can’t stress enough just how essential sleep is to overall well being. A good night’s sleep (eight hours is the standard) helps with concentration, provides you more energy, and boosts mental function. Sleep also allows your immune system to work efficiently, so your body can restore, recover, and rejuvenate while fighting off infection and reducing inflammation.
3. Eat whole foods
Check nutrition labels and only eat foods with natural ingredients that you recognize. Fruits, grains, organic greens, and meats are preferable to most boxed and microwavable foods. By eating whole foods regularly, you provide your body with the nutrients that it needs to function at its highest potential. By eating natural, whole foods, you can lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Implementing these three things will make a world of a difference in how you feel, perform, and function. I strongly encourage you to put your health first and prioritize your well-being as a form of self-love.