13 Healthy Habits to Improve Your Life

There are 13 ways to boost your chances of living a happy, healthy life.

Habit No. 1: Eat Breakfast Every Morning
Research shows people who have a morning meal tend to take in more vitamins and minerals, and less fat and cholesterol. Breakfast eaters are significantly less likely to be obese and get diabetes compared with nonbreakfast eaters.

Habit No. 2: Add Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Your Diet
Besides being a good source of protein and a food relatively low in the bad type of dietary fat called saturated fat, fish has omega-3 fatty acids – which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Healthy Habit No. 3: Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is vital to good health and to mental and emotional well-being.

Healthy Habit No. 4: Make Social Connections
Communal activities are good for your physical and mental health, according to a study published in the March/April 2004 issue of the American Journal of Health Behavior.

Habit No. 5: Exercise for Better Health

Habit No. 6: Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Flossing your teeth every day could add 6.4 years to your life.

Habit No. 7: Take Up a Hobby

Habit No. 8: Protect Your Skin

Habit No. 9: Snack the Healthy Way
The ADA recommends five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day as part of a healthy diet. One way to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet is to have them as snacks.

Habit No. 10: Drink Water and Eat Dairy
Water and milk are essential fluids for good health, but they can also help with shedding pounds. The body needs water to keep properly hydrated and individuals vary widely in how much water they need.

Habit No. 11: Drink Tea

Habit No. 12: Take a Daily Walk

Habit No. 13: Plan

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