Develop Healthier Habits for Summer

Sponsored - UnitedHealthcare is encouraging Americans to focus their health this summer in their Step Up for Summer Campaign. A meaningful way that may help improve overall health is by developing healthier habits such as a regular exercise routine, eating nutritious food and getting sufficient sleep.

Regular Exercise

According to the CDC, exercising for 150 minutes per week may reduce the risk of all-cause mortality by 33 percent. To make a change, you might consider starting small — maybe you just fit in 5 minutes of exercise once a day. It’s ok if you may not have time for a 30-minute workout. Work in what you believe feels manageable.

Incorporating regular exercise into your routine helps improve sleep, reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, boosts immune system, help with mental health such as anxiety and depression, and slows bone density loss and builds muscle to support you as you age.

Recommended Sleep

It’s recommended that adults have between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Those over 65 need 7-8 hours. But only 35 percent of American adults sleep on average less than seven hours a night.

Getting enough sleep every night may help lower stress levels, reduce the risk of issues like heart disease and diabetes, improve focus, reduce risk of injuries, and maintain a healthy weight.

Check out this to-do list to help you get the best sleep and form healthy sleep habits.

Mindful Eating

We’ve all heard to eat the rainbow but that’s easier said than done sometimes. One in ten U.S. adults and teens have enough fruits and vegetables and 88 million adults have prediabetes.

Some basic nutrition tips are to incorporate more fruits and vegetables daily, eat more whole grains, try more plant-based proteins such as beans, nuts, seeds, peas, etc.., include oils like seafood and nuts, and limit your added sugars, sodium and saturated fats.

One way to create a habit of better eating is to practice mindful eating. Mindful eating helps remove judgment surrounding your food choices. It encourages individuality within your choices. Bringing awareness to the here and now can help you be present and pay attention to the eating experience.

Click here to view mindful eating tips!