Good health starts at home.
But do you know how to set up a living space that encourages a healthy lifestyle?
The definition of a healthy home is a little different for everyone, and each person has unique needs. Here are some apartment living tips to set you on the right track.
According to the National Center for Healthy Homes, nearly 6 million families in the United States live in housing with broken heating and plumbing, holes in walls and windows, pest infestations, falling plaster, crumbling foundations and leaking roofs. Millions more live in housing with serious health and safety hazards, including mold, exposed wiring, radon, broken stairs and missing smoke detectors, among other hazards.
Your landlord is responsible for keeping your apartment in safe working order. But it's important that you communicate any issues that may arise. Your personal space should be dry, pest-free, well-ventilated and properly maintained. Keep your apartment clean and regularly inspect it for maintenance problems. Good hygiene and cleanliness makes a big difference and will keep your apartment healthy and in a safe condition.
The kitchen is one of the first living spaces people consider when setting up a healthy space in their apartment. Cooking meals at home allows you to make healthy choices like cooking with organic and preservative-free foods. Take some time to make sure your kitchen has all of the tools you need to create healthful meals. Invest in a quality blender or juicer for smoothies.
An attractive fruit basket will inspire you to pick up more produce. Clear out your crisper so you can fill the refrigerator with veggies. Buy a water filter for your faucet or a water-purifying pitcher. Small changes like these will motivate you to stock up on food and drinks that are good for you.
You spend a third of your life sleeping, so get a good night's sleep and make it count! Buy eco-friendly organic linens that will make you feel good. Many people are allergic to synthetic fibers, and an all-organic home will ensure that you're treating your body right.
Make your living room more livable with organic furniture created from natural products. You can even improve the air you breathe by placing air purifiers in the rooms where you hang out the most. Clean rooms will keep you healthier.
Another key component to a healthy lifestyle is making room for exercise. Create a cardio-friendly apartment by using a spare bedroom or a corner of your den as a fitness center. If you have the space, buy a treadmill or elliptical machine so you can fit in 30 minutes of exercise every day. Invest in a yoga mat and a small set of weights for strength training. Use a fitness app that maps out a daily schedule of workouts.
Clutter can cause a lot of stress, so lighten your load by organizing your home. Designate special areas for everyday items from mail to bills. Creating an organized home doesn't have to mean looking at a bunch of boring boxes.
There are many unique storage options available to help you keep your favorite things close by, yet contained. Once you start clearing surfaces and creating more space in your home, you'll be surprised how much more relaxed you'll feel.
Ideally, your home should be a place that inspires you to do your best. You can punch up your vibe by decorating with positive affirmations. Signs with upbeat sayings like, “Keep Calm and Carry On," will put you in the right frame of mind before you walk out the door. Be bold and improve your mental health by proudly displaying your optimistic outlook on life.
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