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Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

It’s never too soon or late to think about improving your health. One way you can start healthy living habits is to start by training your children by living a healthy lifestyle. This training may very well begin with you living a healthier lifestyle, too. Children and grandchildren benefit from a good example. So, to improve the health of your whole family, start by improving your lifestyle and get healthy.

Here are some of the primary healthy living tips that everyone should follow.

  • Sobriety matters. With today’s busy work schedules and other personal issues, people tend to eat, smoke, drink and use drugs more than they’d like to. Some days they may have been asking themselves, “do hangover pills work?” If you smoke, use drugs or drink too much, your healthcare provider has ways to help you stop both habits. You might even decide to go to rehab in California. If you struggle with any of these chemical addictions, or any other type of addiction, your healthcare provider can help you get clean and sober. They want to help you. So let them help you.
  • Eat a balance of foods. Healthy foods are those that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. Vegetables, fruits, and proteins work in your system to build the body up rather than to tear it down. Plus, proper eating prevents diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Also, you should limit the amount of salt and refined sugars in your diet per day.
  • Move. Moving doesn’t mean to lift weights and run marathons. It does mean to walk and use your muscles in some way that keeps your body moving and your heart pumping. Any movement also keeps your body strong, supple and prevents injuries as you age. Find a dance routine on YouTube that is fun and gets you moving. You can increase the amount of movement in your daily life. Yes, all those times you go up and down the steps at your house count toward your movement goals. Chair exercises, tai chi, and stretching all count to keep your body active and reduce your stress levels, too. Don’t worry about how long you walk or how far you can go. Just get up and walk.
  • If you haven’t seen your physician for a while, it’s time for a checkup. Physicians can provide you with necessary wellness testing that prevents diseases or catches them when they are a small enough issue to treat. Listen to your health care provider and do what they recommend to the best of your ability.
  • Rest. Healthy sleeping habits give us the vitality and energy we need to function correctly. If you struggle to sleep, contact your healthcare provider for suggestions on getting a better night sleep. Some of the ways you can prepare yourself for a better night’s sleep are to wind down your activity levels before bedtime, turn off any electronics you use, and to develop a meditation practice. Do not use alcohol before bedtime to help you sleep.
  • Fight stress by socializing. Getting enough exercise and finding fun activities to do are two of the best ways to avoid depression and anxiety. If you work, be sure to make time to play. If you are retired, be sure to participate in fun activities or volunteer your time to help others. There are always new computer technologies to learn and new places to see. If you continue to feel blue or anxious after several weeks, contact your healthcare provider for more information.