Health is wealth, as the popular saying goes. While one doesn't necessarily have to be wealthy to enjoy life, a healthy life is much more enjoyable than a sickly one. Living with poor health is tough for both the sick individual, and the friends and family members who have to stay and take care of them.

Working towards a healthy body barely needs any motivation, as it's easy to see the benefits. However, most people dodge making daily decisions that affect their health positively.

Although regimens like a consistent exercise routine require time and dedication, and maybe a tad difficult to keep up with, there are simple everyday decisions that anyone can make to enjoy long-term health benefits.

Here are some of the daily things you can do to improve your health:

1.Drink plenty of water

Research has shown that drinking up to 8 ounces of water daily has many benefits. Drinking a glass of water, especially in the morning, has been shown to detoxify the body and give feelings of agility and energy.

2. Go for a walk


Modern advances have made it much harder to carry out any form of physical exertion in people's daily routines. Cars and elevators have cut down the time spent moving the feet to the barest minimum.

However, studies show that individuals who walk more frequently are less prone to heart diseases. Frequent walking is also known to increase blood flow to the brain and muscles, enhancing their performance and function.

3. Eat healthy

Even though the subject is often dodged, eating healthy can save one's life. Consuming foods and vegetables high in protein and minerals can boost the body's immune system and help to fight against diseases and infections.

Abstaining from unhealthy food is just as important. Snacks and confectionaries can increase the cholesterol content of the body and lead to conditions of heart conditions and other diseases. Opt instead for nutritious snack alternatives like walnuts and pistachios. Planters has an excellent selection of healthy alternatives to choose from.

4. Trade coffee for herbal tea


Caffeine buildup in the body can have long-term effects on stress levels and overall health. Organic, herbal tea is a much better alternative.

5. Meditate


"mens sana in corpore sano" is a Latin phrase that means "a healthy mind in a healthy body," and it's more relevant now than ever. Meditation is a great way to clear out the mind and get fresh perspectives. Up to five minutes of meditation daily can have surprising effects on the mind and body.

6. Get enough sleep

The fast pace of the world today leaves us with less and less time to sleep. Sleep is not just for the weak as research shows. People who sleep for the recommended 8 hours daily are shown to be more alert, focused, and productive than people that get less than 8 hours of sleep.

7. Have a conversation

Putting down the smartphone and having a face-to-face conversation with a friend or loved one is good for psychological health. The body releases endorphins and other natural hormones that boost physical function when you have a personal conversation with another human being.

(Last Updated On: February 8, 2022)

Annalise O'Conner is a Registered Dietitian and Personalized Nutritionist. She is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching nutrition in the School of Public Health and APAN (Asian Pacific Islander American Network) Email: [email protected]