Making healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way towards improving the quality of your life, whether it’s boosting your self-esteem, reducing the risk of certain health conditions or improving your general outlook on life. It can be easy to slip in to bad habits over time and even easier to put off adopting healthier living habits but you don’t need to wait until the New Year to make positive changes to your lifestyle.
Here are just a few easy and simple ways you can work towards a healthier lifestyle by making some slight alterations to your everyday life.
1. Include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet
Incorporating plenty of fruit and vegetables in to your daily diet is a perfect foundation for starting a new, healthy routine. Vegetables, in particular leafy greens, and fruit are packed full of nutrients such as vitamins and antioxidants that help to boost your immune system and fight off disease causing toxins. Antioxidants help fight eye disease, promote healthy skin, and improve overall health. The World Health Organisation recommends eating fruit and vegetables as a regular part of your diet so you’ll have a better chance of fighting some cancers, diseases, and heart disease. Aim to eat at least five different servings of fruit and veg each day to gets those all-important nutrients.
2. Drink water
If you’ve got in to the habit of quenching your thirst with sugary, fizzy drinks this can be detrimental to your health and teeth. Instead, you can save money and improve your health by drinking water throughout the day. This natural liquid offers the benefit of hydration, nourishment, and improved well-being. Water can also cleanse toxins from the body, improve brain function, energise muscles, control weight gain, and balance body temperature and fluids– not bad for something that comes out of the tap! It’s recommended you drink about 8 glasses, of water per day for optimum health, spaced out throughout the day.
3. Manage your mental health
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to concentrate on the physical aspects of wellbeing and ignore the mental upkeep. Remember, your mental health is a foundation of your overall health so it shouldn’t be ignored as it will soon negatively impact other aspects of your life as well as your physical health. There are a few things you can do to nurture your metal health, including exercising regularly, socialising and spending time with loved ones as well as getting plenty of quality sleep each night – ideally 8 hours. All of these are easy things you can work on day-to-day to boost your mood and improve your mental health.
Life is hectic and it’s all too easy to get caught up in the non-stop daily routine but sometimes it’s beneficial to stop, take a deep breath, and relax. Setting aside time to relax and focus on techniques aimed at de-stressing can not only have a positive impact on your physical and mental health, it can also make you more productive in other aspects of your life. Take some time out to try some new, relaxing activities, what works for one person might not necessarily work for you, so try meditation, yoga or simply listening to music, reading, watching a comedy, or going for a run. These activities can really help you to unwind and regain a sense of clam.
The secret to better health is exercise. Whether you’re 9 or 90, research shows that exercise is one of the best ways to enhance your overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately increasingly sedentary lifestyles means that it’s something we are neglecting to do as often as we should. It is recommended that we exercise at least three times a week, aiming for 150 minutes of physical activity per week. This can be broken down in to shorter sessions throughout the day, so you might start your day with a quick swim or brisk walk to get energised for the rest of the day and then go to a group class in the evening. The key is to get moving, the more you do, the more you’ll improve your general health. Some fun physical activities for you try might be: dancing, yoga, running, cycling or even gardening. Remember, exercise should be fun and not feel like a chore, so pick something you enjoy, get out there and get active!
An active and healthy lifestyle offers so many benefits to people of all ages and you don’t need to be running a marathon everyday to see and feel those benefits. Simply call in at your local 1Life centre and speak to the team about the great facilities on offer within your local community or sign up for a free trial today!