5 ways to live a healthier lifestyle

June 6, 2023

Maybe you think you know all the ways to live a healthier lifestyle. You take the stairs instead of the elevator, skip desserts and go to the doctor when you are sick.

But we can all do better. Here are some ideas to jumpstart new habits.

Here are five ways to live a healthier lifestyle:

1.  Diet.

Eat plenty of fresh, non-processed foods, drink 64 ounces of water daily, and limit caffeine and alcohol intake.

2.  Exercise.

Get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity weekly, or 30 minutes most days. Also, get two-to-three 20-30 minute weekly strength training sessions, focusing on major muscle groups.

3.  Sleep.

Try to get 7-8 hours every night and try to keep a regular sleep-wake cycle – go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

4.  Socialization.

It reduces stress and anxiety and improves mental functioning – and that helps guard against depression, heart disease and dementia.

5.  Have a primary care physician.

Annual visits are important for all ages because they are intended to detect disease early before it leads to serious consequences.

These are really the basics, the foundation for good health.

About the author

Linda DuVal is a freelance writer based in Colorado Springs and a regular contributor to UCHealth Today. She has written travel articles for major U.S. newspapers and national, regional and local magazines. She spent 32 years as an award-winning writer, reporter and editor for The Gazette in Colorado Springs.