How are you doing with the #HealthyRD Challenge? I hope you are doing well!What is the Healthy RD Challenge?
This is my challenge for each of us to take one step a day on the road to being healthier . . . the healthy road or #HealthyRD if you will. If you participate in the #HealthyRD challenge, make sure you use the hashtag #HealthyRD and tag or tweet me, @RDtipoftheday, for a chance to be featured! I am sharing the five healthy choices I'm making each day this week. Here's a reminder of what I did for the Healthy RD Challenge last week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, and Day 8. Check out the links to get ideas on living a healthier lifestyle.
Healthy RD Challenge: Day 9
Today, I Today, I got 8 hours of sleep, which is my #HealthyRD Day 9 healthy choice. Sleep is vital. Sleep gives our bodies time to heal and repair itself. Thanks to the National Institutes of Healthy (NIH), we know that sleep is important to maintain the health of our bodies. Adequate sleep is also important to for adequate growth for infants, children, and adolescents.
We have better mental capabilities when we are well rested. Our brains function better after a good night's sleep; we are better able to think, learn and be creative. For more information on sleep, visit the NIH's website.
Getting adequate sleep is also important for maintaining a healthy weight. Sleep helps regulate hormones. When you are not getting enough sleep, it throws your hormone balance off. For example, your levels of insulin rise when you are sleep deficient. Prolonged levels of of insulin may increase your risk of developing diabetes. So, make sure you are getting enough rest as part of your healthy lifestyle.
So, try to get some good rest tonight or this weekend. Then, wake up refreshed and enjoy your weekend. Have a great weekend!
How will you choose to be healthy today?
Check with your personal RD or MD before starting a new diet or exercise program to make sure it is healthy, safe, and the right choice for you.