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How to Be Healthy

August 5, 2018 Health

Many people think that being healthy is a difficult task that involves lots of dieting and time at the gym, but that's not actually true! By making some simple tweaks to your routine and setting small goals for yourself, you can be on the path toward living a healthier, happier life.


Part 1 Having a Healthy Diet

  1. Image titled Be Healthy Step 1 Drink more water. Adult humans should drink 2–3 liters (0.53–0.79 US gal) (or roughly eight 8 oz glasses) of water per day whilst children should drink 1–2 liters (0.26–0.53 US gal) (or roughly five 8 oz glasses).[1] That is in addition to things like tea and coffee. Water keeps bodies at the correct temperature and removes toxins that are the inevitable result of metabolism and industrial life. You'll be healthier automatically.
    • Water also clears your skin, helps your kidneys, helps to control your appetite, and keeps you energized.[2] If being healthier, more wakeful, and having better skin isn't motivation, what is?
    • It also keeps you from drinking unhealthy beverages like soda and juice, which are high in calories. The body barely registers the intake of these unhealthy drinks and yet you still feel thirsty hundreds of calories later. If you need the taste, splash some lemon, lime, or 100% juice into your water. However, be sure that you eat plenty of calcium-rich foods, such as broccoli, to support healthy bones as you grow older.
  2. Image titled Be Healthy Step 2 Eat breakfast. A light, healthy breakfast is sufficient enough to reap the benefits of eating early. If it's comprised of lean protein and whole grains, then it will keep you from gorging at lunch. Research shows that breakfast-skippers actually eat more! So, to curb your appetite, don't skip the first meal of the day.
    • Instead of two chocolate doughnuts and a coffee that's more cream than anything else, opt for eggs, fruit, and for a beverage, skimmed milk, fresh orange juice, or tea. The healthier your breakfast is, the more energized you'll feel throughout the day and the more you won't need to eat later in the day.[3]
  3. Image titled Be Healthy Step 3 Eat well throughout the day. If half of your plate is vegetables and fruit, you're on the right track.[4] Add in lean protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains. Once a steady eating pattern has been established, your body will feel more comfortable. There may be a period of time when your body is wondering where the sugary foods went, but once you're over the hump, you'll feel better than ever.
    • Remember that not all fats are bad for you. Good fats can be found in oily fish like salmon and tuna, avocados, nuts, and olive oil. These are essential to a well-balanced diet.
  4. Image titled Be Healthy Step 4 Eat at the right times. A good time for a healthy, easy-to-digest evening meal is between 17:00 and 20:00; it's best to avoid late night snacks because they fill you with unnecessary calories and can disrupt your sleep. If you do need that midnight snack, stick to unsalted nuts, seeds, fruits, and veggies.
    • Snacking isn't bad for you if you do it right. In fact, eating "constantly" can keep you from feeling deprived and going for that third piece of cheesecake when the cart rolls around. Just make sure it's all in moderation.[5]
  5. Image titled Be Healthy Step 5 Consider going meatless. In case you haven't noticed, meat hasn't played much of a role in what we've talked about so far. Being vegetarian is a good way to reduce your calorie intake and get loads of vitamins and minerals, but that being said, it can be done wrong. While it's not the best idea to go fully vegetarian, most people do eat far too much meat. A good idea is to change the amount and types of meat you eat: swap pork chops for lean chicken; steak for tuna.
    • A high-fiber diet is easily had without meat. Fiber has been shown to lower your cholesterol, control your blood-sugar levels, improve your bowel health, and make you less likely to overeat. The recommended fiber intake is 30g a day for men and 21g for women; after the age of 50, this jumps up to 38g for men and 25g for women. Some good sources of fiber include fruits and vegetables (with the skin), whole grains, and legumes.[6]
  6. Image titled Be Healthy Step 6 Read the labels. Processed foods get a bad rap, and often for good reason. However, you've got to choose your battles. That frozen bag of broccoli isn't nearly as bad as that boxed mac and cheese. In short, avoid processed foods when you can — but if you can't, read the labels and watch for added bad stuff: salt, sugar, and fat.
    • Food that stays on the shelves often has added sodium, words that end in -ose, and trans and saturated fats in the ingredient list. If you see these on the label (especially if they're in high amounts), avoid them. You can find a healthier alternative elsewhere. It's not worth it.
      • Just because it says it has no trans fat doesn't actually mean it has no trans fat. Negligible amounts can be legally ignored — so if you see hydrogenated vegetable oil on the list, you've found one of the masked culprits.[7]

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Part 1 Quiz

Rather than going full vegetarian, you should consider:

Eating the same amount of vegetables as meat.

Not exactly! In fact, most people eat too much meat. The truth is, you should be eating far more fruits and vegetables than meat for a healthy, balanced diet! Try again…

Swapping out the meat you eat.

Correct! It can be challenging to follow a fully vegetarian diet and stay healthy. Still, swapping out meats like pork and steak for others like lean chicken and tuna can be a great way to limit your meat intake and stay healthy! Read on for another quiz question.

Swapping meat for imitation meats.

Try again! If you want to go full vegetarian, you do have imitation meat options. Still, many of the imitation products are loaded with chemicals and preservatives that will make it more challenging to eat healthily. Consider taking other steps first! There’s a better option out there!

Part 2 Having a Healthy Exercise Plan

  1. Image titled Be Healthy Step 7 Get in shape. In addition to helping you lose weight and gain confidence, exercising has a host of other benefits for your body and mind. Having good cardiovascular health has been linked to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s, just to name one. So hit the pool, the pavement, or the park as often as you can.[8]
    • Exercising boosts your immune system too; even a change as minor as walking briskly for 20-30 minutes a day, five days a week can improve your immune system by increasing both your antibody and T-killer cell response.[9]
    • Exercising is also one of the absolute best ways to sleep better at night[10]—which can help you lose weight by keeping you from overeating. Read How to Get Fit for more details.
  2. Image titled Be Healthy Step 8 Maintain a healthy weight. Our physical frames vary in size and weight. An individual with a large frame can carry a little more weight while a person with a light frame will be able to carry less.
    • Being underweight isn't a good thing either! Do not use any form of crash diets. There is no magic bullet for weight loss—and even if there were, starving your body of vital nutrients wouldn’t be it. A slow change in your eating habits is much safer and the long-term benefits for your physical health are greater.
    • If you don't want to go on a diet, read How to Lose Weight Just by Exercising. Just remember that only serious athletes are able to burn off enough calories to be able to enjoy massive indulgences—and even so, they tend not to because it’s hard on the body. Even if you do consume more calories than are recommended for you, be sure that they are nutritious; your heart, brain, muscles, bones, organs, and blood can’t run forever on empty calories.
  3. Image titled Be Healthy Step 9 Cross train. Just because you can run 5 miles (8.0 km) without stopping doesn't mean you're healthy—same goes for lifting weights the size of a small car. If you only do one activity, you're only using one set of muscles.[11] You'll be shocked when you go swimming or do core workouts that you can't keep up!
    • What's the answer? Cross training. Not only does doing several different activities work all your muscles (which can help prevent injury), it also keeps you from getting bored. That's the ultimate exercise killer! So include aerobic and strength training workouts to your routine. Your muscles will be glad you did.
  4. Image titled Be Healthy Step 10 Exercise wisely. It should go without saying that there are bad ways to work out. Every time you get moving you put yourself at risk for injury, so make sure you're doing it right!
    • First things first, stay hydrated. You should always be sipping water during your workouts. Getting dehydrated can lead to dizziness or headaches during your sweat session (or lack thereof).[12]
    • Take breaks! It isn't being lazy, it's being healthy. You can't go-go-go forever. After 30 minutes or so of exercise, grab your water bottle and lighten up. Your body needs a second to catch up. You'll be able to go further in the long run.
  5. Image titled Be Healthy Step 11 Take the little opportunities. Being physically active isn't about pounding the pavement or joining a gym—it's a lifestyle that can be had 24/7. [13] If you can add extra 10 steps to your day here and there, they add up.
    • Don't have any ideas? Park a bit farther away from work, the mall entrance, or the grocery store. Ride a bike to work or school. Take the stairs. Walk the dog every day. Take lunch to the park. Bike to work or the local coffee shop. Little opportunities are everywhere.

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Part 2 Quiz

What is the benefit of cross training?

It can help you lose more weight.

Not necessarily! You lose most of your weight when you do cardio workouts like dancing or running. Adding weight lifting to the mix won't help you to lose more weight, but it is beneficial. Try another answer…

You won't have to change your diet.

Try again! Even if you're practicing cross training, you still need to make adjustments for a healthier diet. Choose another answer!

You will prevent injury.

Correct! Cross training is a way of working all the muscles in your body. Strengthening rarely used muscles will help to prevent injury! Plus, cross training will keep you from getting bored during your workouts. Read on for another quiz question.

It's easier than traditional training.

Nope! Cross training is more challenging than focusing on a single type of workout. Find a routine that fits your needs and work your way up — cross training as you do! Try again…

Part 3 Being Emotionally Healthy

  1. Image titled Be Healthy Step 12 Think positively. It's amazing how much power our minds have over everything in our lives. A simple positive twist on a situation can turn an obstacle into an opportunity. Not only will you have more gusto for life, your immune system can fight off colds and heart disease better![14] Harvard wouldn't lie.
    • To start this difficult step, focus on gratitude. When you start thinking about the bad thing swirling around you, stop. Cut it out. Think of two things you're grateful for. Eventually, your mind will notice the pattern and stop the negativity before you have to consciously do it.
  2. Image titled Be Healthy Step 13 Be satisfied. This doesn't mean "be content with your life" (well, it does, but give it a sec)—it sort of means "satisfy yourself". If you're on a diet, allow yourself a (small) bit of what you're craving. If watching the Golden Girls for three hours on a Friday night sounds like heaven, do it. Whatever the small things are that make you happy, do them.
    • Your happiness is invaluable, but so is your health. If you're not healthy, you're not fully happy. It's when we've got our mind and body in top shape that we can attack everything else. If work, family, friends, a relationship, and money are wearing you down, making a small choice like opting for that whole wheat bagel instead of a hot pocket can build the foundation for a long-term difference in your health. Then, when the going gets tough, you'll be ready to take on your challenges with a healthy body, mind, and conscience.[15]
  3. Image titled Be Healthy Step 14 Think small. When we concentrate on unattainable goals, we get daunted, frustrated, and lazy. After all, why try to achieve something that will never happen? A healthy mindset has to be in the here and now. It should have concern for the future, sure, but it shouldn't be preoccupied with what hasn't happened yet or won't.
    • Being emotionally healthy (and happy) is easier to attain when you focus on the steps of your journey as opposed to the destination. If you want to make it on Broadway, focus on getting your next audition. Then focus on becoming equity, then focus on moving, etc. Now will always come before the future—focus on them in order!
  4. Image titled Be Healthy Step 15 Manage stress. This one is huge. When stress takes over our lives, everything else falls apart. Our homes get cluttered, our minds get cluttered, and our relationships get strained. Take yourself aside for five minutes and think about your stress levels—how are you managing it? What could you do to be more calm and relaxed?
    • A very healthy way of managing stress is doing yoga. If that doesn't sound appealing, how about meditating? No? Then simply make sure to take ten minutes out of your day to just power down. Sit with yourself and just breathe. Make a point to get centered every day.
  5. Image titled Be Healthy Step 16 Choose your friends wisely. We all know those people that seem to drain us, but yet we're friends with them anyway because they have a nice TV or because, well, we get bored. Unfortunately, for our emotional health, they've got to go. They do us no good and we know it — we just ignore it to maintain consistency and avoid awkward situations. Do your mental health a favor and tear off that band-aid. In the long-run, you'll be happier.
    • Not sure how to recognize a toxic friend? How to end a toxic friendship? We've got you covered.
  6. Image titled Be Healthy Step 17 Be productive. One of the best feelings to easily come by is that feeling of "I got so much done today!" For that moment, you feel virtually unstoppable. Your mom saying "If you put your mind to it, you can do it" is no longer a lie! Now imagine riding that high constantly.
    • Start by creating a to-do list. A calendar or planner is a good idea, too. And remember: think small. Attack a few small things to get you going. You'll get on a roll before you even realize it.
  7. Image titled Be Healthy Step 18 Take a break. This is similar to the "Be Satisfied" step; you need to do what's right for you sometimes, regardless of what the world seems to be demanding. Without feeling guilty, take that proverbial Kit Kat Bar. Spend a night in. Take a morning off. You'll be twice as energized when you get back to it.
    • This goes for exercise too. If you do the same thing over and over, your muscles get used to it, you get bored, and you end up plateauing. So instead of pounding the pavement on Wednesday, go hit the pool. You're not being lazy—you're being logical.
  8. Image titled Be Healthy Step 19 Find emotional balance. Even if you master every other aspect of health, it won’t feel complete if you’re suffering from inner turmoil. Everyone needs a pick-me-up sometimes, and there are many small things that you can do to feel better about yourself. If the problem extends deeper, you may need to learn to cope with emotional pain or even depression.
    • Once you have worked on yourself, you should work on your approach to interpersonal relationships. Learn how to recognize a manipulative or controlling relationship and, if necessary, deal with emotional abuse so that you can have a healthy relationship.

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Part 3 Quiz

A healthy mindset should most often focus on:

Future goals and dreams.

Not exactly! Future goals and dreams are important, but if you spend too much time focusing on the big things in the future, you may find yourself frustrated and upset. There are far healthier ways to achieve what you want than focusing all of your attention on those big goals. Try again…

The changes you can make in your life.

Not necessarily! Of course, if you notice that your friends or work drags you down, it's important to consider ways to make those changes. Still, if there's no problem, you don't want to go looking for one. Choose another answer!

The things you should be doing for work.

Close! Productivity is a great way to forge emotional happiness and stability. Still, you don't want to be thinking about work all the time, as that will eventually just stress you out more. Pick another answer!

The steps of the journey.

Correct! It's a good idea to have dreams and goals, but rather than thinking about them, focus on the smaller steps right before you. Putting your attention on the here and now — like the current audition or the current workout — will make you feel confident and proud. Read on for another quiz question.

Part 4 Having a Healthy Routine

  1. Image titled Be Healthy Step 20 Stop engaging in risky behavior. Taking unnecessary risks is hard on the body and mind. It can also have devastating long-term consequences. Serious or established patterns of risk-taking can also be indicative of deeper psychological problems, in which case you should talk to a healthcare professional who specializes in a relevant field. Start by setting your sights on one or more of the following achievements:
    • Have Safer Sex
    • Stop Binge Drinking
    • Quit Drinking without Alcoholics Anonymous
    • Quit Smoking
    • Beat Drug Addiction
    • Things like wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle and wearing your seatbelt when in your car.
      • These things are doable. While they are definitely daunting, they're doable. Often if one of these is accomplished, other things seem much easier and will fall into place.
      • If you already don't engage in risky behavior, congratulations!
  2. Image titled Be Healthy Step 21 Exercise several times a week. We've stressed the "get fit" part already, but now we want to make it a little less ignorable. Your daily/weekly routine needs to include exercise. It will increase your metabolic rate, control your weight, and you'll feel fresh the whole week. Triple win!
    • Here's something concrete for you: aim for 150 minutes of aerobic activity every week (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity) and strength training twice a week.[16] Even mowing the lawn counts!
  3. Image titled Be Healthy Step 22 Get a good night's rest. When you sleep, your body produces cells that fight infection, inflammation, and stress—which means that getting too little sleep or poor-quality sleep not only makes you more prone to getting sick, but also increases the time you need to recover from illness. When you sleep well, you can wake up ready to go and be more active all day. Sleeping properly is very important for your health! [17]
    • On top of that, a study conducted by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that men who slept for 4 hours consumed 500 more calories than they did after sleeping for 8 hours.[18] If you're looking for an easy diet, here it is!
      • Read How to Sleep Better for tips.
  4. Image titled Be Healthy Step 23 Learn how to cook. Cooking your own meals is a wonderful experience as you can try out different recipes while saving money at the same time. What's more, you get to control every little thing that goes into your body. That's really the only way to turn your diet around!
    • When you cook, avoid using fatty oils and extra add-ons. Stick to olive oil instead of vegetable oil, butter, or margarine and keep the extra salt and cheese to a minimum. If it doesn't taste good without it, try cooking it differently!
  5. Image titled Be Healthy Step 24 Maintain your personal hygiene. Wash your hands often, especially after visiting the bathroom at home or using the restrooms in a public place. Germs can spread like wildfire and bring us down in the blink of an eye. And as if it wasn't already clear, taking a shower is a good idea too.
    • When it comes to your mouth, floss and brush your teeth and tongue after eating; food particles are often the cause of bad breath and gum disease. Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and to catch any problems before they become serious.
  6. Image titled Be Healthy Step 25 Bolster your immune system. Maintaining healthy habits and a high level of energy is difficult for anyone who constantly battles fatigue, colds, infections, or any other effects of a weakened immune system. Read How to Develop a Strong Immune System for more information.
    • If you can help it, try to get all your necessary vitamins and minerals from your diet. Supplements should only be used as a secondary measure.[19] And of course, talk to your doctor before you undergo any significant changes.

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Part 4 Quiz

Why is it important to get enough sleep?

It will make you stronger.

Close! Your body does most of its healing while you sleep, so the more sleep you get, the more prepared for the next workout you will feel. Still, sleep doesn't make you stronger. Working out does. There’s a better option out there!

You will heal from illnesses faster.

Correct! Your body produces the cells that fight infection while you sleep, so when you don't get enough sleep, you're far more prone to getting sick. You're also more likely to stay sick! The better your sleep schedule, the faster you'll get well! Read on for another quiz question.

You will be able to quit risky behavior more easily.

Not necessarily! Risky behavior, like overdrinking, cigarette use and drug use often impact our sleep schedules. Limiting those habits will actually help you sleep better, rather than the other way around. Pick another answer!

Healthy food will taste better.

Try again! Our sleep schedules don't have a huge impact on our sense of taste. Still, there are many benefits to sleeping well and you can experiment with tons of great, healthy recipes after a full night sleep! Choose another answer!

Short Video: How to Be Healthy

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If you want to be healthy, eat nutritious whole foods with every meal and drink around 8 glasses of water a day. Try to avoid processed and frozen foods as much as possible — they contain a lot of unhealthy salts, sugars, and fats. Also, start exercising for 30 minutes every day to keep your body in shape. Don't forget to take a few minutes each day to meditate or do yoga so you feel less stressed. For more ways you can be healthy, like getting 8 hours of sleep every night and maintaining good hygiene, keep reading!


  • Educate yourself. Every day is an opportunity to gain a little more knowledge.
  • Don't get stressed.
  • Try snacking on celery, it burns more calories than it gains.
  • Increase your intake of antioxidants to fight the free radicals that have been linked to cancer, heart disease, atherosclerosis, among other diseases.
  • Learn to maintain your diet and exercise plans.


  • Incorporate a new routine slowly. You don't want to send a shock to your system. If you're undergoing a new exercise and eating regimen, consult your doctor.

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