The 7 Habits of Healthy People

Habits = a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

Healthy = in a good physical or mental condition.

There are a good deal more than 7 healthy habits. This short post distils them down to the 7 I feel matter the most.

  1. They move – healthy people enjoy moving. They are happier and, paradoxically, tend to have more energy than sedentary people.

  2. They eat real food – although many people disagree on what constitutes a healthy diet, one thing we can agree on is highly processed junk or fake food does not support your health.

  3. They sleep well – in order to be at your best, rest and recovery is key. This happens best when you're in bed getting high quality sleep.

  4. They drink alcohol in moderation – enjoying alcohol in moderation is socially supportive and can (according to some studies) be healthier than being teetotal.

  5. They enjoy being outdoors – wildlife and nature form a fundamental part of our development as children. Maintaining this exposure as adults is vital.

  6. They have supportive families – when a crisis hits, a supportive family will be able to offer assistance and aid in all areas of life.

  7. They enjoy a challenge – challenges provide opportunities for us to test ourselves and demonstrate our abilities. They may also highlight weakness, allowing us to learn and grow stronger.


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