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W hen it comes to cre­at­ing a healthy life­style, some rec­om­men­da­tions are fairly sim­ple, such as ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly and eat­ing right. Many peo­ple, how­ever, don’t know how much ex­er­cise they should get or which foods are the best choices. They also may not re­al­ize there are other ways to take care of their bod­ies and minds to pro­mote bet­ter over­all health.

Start on the path to health­ier liv­ing with these tips from the well­ness ex­perts at Wal­greens.

Ex­er­cise reg­u­larly.

The Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion rec­om­mends at least 30 min­utes of mod­er­ate-in­ten­sity ac­tiv­ity at least five days a week, and that’s be­cause an ac­tive life­style can help you achieve far more than mus­cle mass or weight loss. Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can also con­trib­ute to men­tal well-be­ing, and even some­thing as sim­ple as a walk­ing break or two at work can pro­vide health ben­e­fits.

Eat well.

The keys to a healthy diet are eat­ing the right amount of calo­ries for your ac­tiv­ity level and eat­ing a wide range of foods to en­sure that you’re re­ceiv­ing all the nu­tri­ents your body needs. By pri­or­i­tiz­ing great taste and in­gre­di­ent guidelines, such as min­i­miz­ing hy­dro­genated oils, trans fats and ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents, Wal­greens Nice! prod­ucts help take the guess­work out of mak­ing health­ier choices. In an ef­fort to sim­plify healthy liv­ing, the line’s pack­ag­ing, prod­ucts and in­gre­di­ent stan­dards were up­dated, and of­fer­ings now in­clude or­ganic and gluten-free op­tions in ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional bak­ing goods and other gen­eral gro­cery items.

Get enough sleep.

Sleep plays a vi­tal role in good health and well-be­ing, and can help im­prove your men­tal health, phys­i­cal health and qual­ity of life. The Na­tional Sleep Foun­da­tion rec­om­mends 7-9 hours per night for adults and 9-11 hours for school-aged chil­dren. If you find sleep elu­sive, try im­ple­ment­ing a bed­time rou­tine to send sig­nals to your body that it’s time to sleep, avoid screen time im­me­di­ately be­fore lights out and elim­i­nate caf­feine af­ter lunch.

Man­age stress.

Be­tween jug­gling a ca­reer, family and other com­mit­ments, it’s easy to find things to stress over. Prac­tices such as med­i­ta­tion and yoga can help bet­ter man­age stress. Set­ting aside time for a fa­vorite hobby can also help re­lieve stress and fo­cus on an ac­tiv­ity you en­joy. Aside from men­tal and emo­tional im­pacts, stress can also im­pact your phys­i­cal health, so it’s im­por­tant to iden­tify cop­ing mech­a­nisms that re­duce over­all stress.

Be so­cial.

Mak­ing time to so­cial­ize with friends and family is an im­por­tant part of liv­ing a long and healthy life. Even if your sched­ule is packed, try to block out time at least once a week to spend with family and friends.

Break bad habits.

What­ever their na­ture, work to break bad habits by first ac­knowl­edg­ing the prob­lem then work­ing to re­place the neg­a­tiv­ity with al­ter­na­tives that make a more pos­i­tive im­pact on your life. Even a neg­a­tive at­ti­tude can bring you down.

To dis­cover more ways to make healthy life­style choices, visit wal­greens.com/nice.

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