Getting healthier and reaching your health and wellness goals involve a lot of time and dedication. Beyond just eating well, actually improving your overall health requires dedication to getting necessary healthcare services, exercise, and long-term attentiveness to your most pressing healthcare needs. 

For example, wellness goals including improving your sleep schedule can have a tremendous impact on your overall stress levels. Managing stress is just one way to lower risks for chronic diseases and other healthcare issues. 

So what should you be doing to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself?

Make sure your diet is balanced with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods

Diet plays an extremely critical role in your overall health, likelihood to develop chronic diseases, and other important health factors.

Eat and prepare meals with a healthy dose of fresh fruits and vegetables,lean protein, whole grains, and high-fiber foods. Make sure to cut back on foods high in sodium, unhealthy fats, and simple sugars. A healthy diet also works better with nutrient-rich foods. 

Increase physical activity 

Exercise is also paramount to your wellness success.

Physical activity can improve circulation throughout the body, keep blood sugar and blood pressure at normal levels, lower cholesterol, improve bone density, and build muscle. Exercise is also important in slowing down the aging process. Most medical and fitness professionals recommend getting thirty minutes of moderate-intensity cardio activity at least 3-5 days per week. Exercises such as brisk walking, gardening, biking, jogging, and similar activities are great ways to gradually improve your physical activity each week. 

Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sleep deprivation can increase a person’s risk of severe cardiovascular conditions and serious medical emergencies such as stroke or a heart attack. Sleep deprivation also impedes growth, stress reduction, and the body’s ability to health effectively. 

Between 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly are recommended for adults. Make sure you stick to an established sleep schedule. Try practicing a a relaxing bedtime ritual, exercise daily, or speak with your doctor or a sleep professional if you continue to experience difficulty sleeping.

An individual needs to be both proactive and deliberate in their actions to make effective wellness changes. Ultimatley, only you can make the necessary changes to maintain good habits. Maintaining a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and getting regular exercise are health and lifestyle choices that lead to long-term improvements in overall health.