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5 Healthy Habits To Do Every Day

Submitted by Troy L. Ford, owner of TroyBuilt Fitness, located at 3440 W. Dunes Hwy, Michigan City, IN

We all want to be healthier, right? Well, living in the dunes makes it easy to stay healthy! Add these 5 healthy habits to your life and get happier and healthier starting today.

  1. Exercise for at least 20 minutes.We all need at least 20 minutes daily to combat aging and disease. What happens if you don’t floss and brush your teeth? They fall out! What happens if you don’t exercise your body? It falls apart! Move it or lose it! Hit a trail, walk the beach, swim in the lake or just walk your dog. The more you get out and get moving the better!

  2. Drink more water. Keeping hydrated can have a huge impact on health, yet many fail to drink enough. Water is needed by every cell and organ in the body to function properly. Shoot for eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, and when your out on the beach or in the sun, add a few more. It’s easy to get dehydrated!

  3. Go to Bed Early. Most of us get less than 7 hours of sleep a night. The recommended amount is 7 to 9 hours. If you’re not getting enough, that’s stress to your body. Stress leads to all sorts of health issues. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” -Benjamin Franklin

  4. Smile! Gratitude is the right attitude. Smiling – whether it’s forced or not – leads to health benefits like stress reduction. Living out in the dunes makes it easy to smile. Watch a beautiful sunset or take a walk to look at the beautiful shoreline and it’s sure to turn your frown upside down. Laughter really is the best medicine!

  5. Give someone a hug. Besides helping you feel close and connected to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a host of health benefits to your body and mind. You can even hug  your pet to reap the benefits.

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy your summer and start these 5 healthy habits today!


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Troy L. Ford began his one-on-one personalized fitness instruction career in 1994, and owns and operates TroyBuilt Fitness from his studio in Michigan City. With more than 20 years of experience as a trainer, author, motivational speaker and community leader, he has helped numerous clients of all ages and abilities enjoy the benefits of a more active and healthy lifestyle. Troy is certified by the nationally recognized ACSM, American College of Sports Medicine, and he holds a BA in Health and Wellness Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.

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