We all want to look and feel healthy right? But sometimes all you need are a few little changes to your lifestyle which can make a big impact on how you feel. Here are some simple and effective lifestyle changes that you will see and feel making a difference!
Walking on a regular basis is a great tonic to the stresses and strains of everyday life. Walking is free to do, and you can do it pretty much anywhere! Walking is a great way to clear your mind and is proven way to solve problems. If you feel your head is full of issues and problems just pop on a pair of comfortable shoes and head out for a long walk. You can think about the issues you’re facing and try to think of different perspectives, opinions and options available.
Why not try a walking meeting? A study carried out in 2014 by Stanford University in California found a person’s creative output increased on average by 60 per cent when walking!
Ditch the midnight messaging
Most of us do it… climb into bed after a long day and quickly scroll through Facebook, Instagram and then have a final check of our emails. But did you know that keeping your phone nearby when you go to bed actually disrupts your sleep? The phone emits wavelengths which is known to disrupt a natural sleep cycle. It’s advisable to switch it off completely or put it in a drawer. Then there should be nothing stopping you from getting your 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Sleep like a baby
On the subject of sleep, a good night’s sleep is not only good for our mental wellbeing (and sanity) but it can also help your physical appearance too. Research shows that if you miss just an hour of sleep (having six or less hours sleep) increases the chances of weight gain by up to 23 percent. You need seven - nine hours sleep every night to help you to feel healthy and well.
The colour green is believed to soothe your eyes, so if you can, have a plant on your desk or area in which you work. It will not only add a splash of colour but will help you to you feel energised and awake. Whilst we are on the subject of work and desks – try to have regular breaks and intervals in which you’re not staring at the computer screen. Maybe focus on your new plant instead as this will help with your vision and will also have a cooling effect on your mind.
Get more fat!
No, we are not encouraging you to eat unlimited fried and sugary foods but instead encourage you to look at enjoying more good fats in your diet which come from foods like avocados, olive oil, fatty fish, and nuts. These foods will help boost your immune system function, will help you to burn fat and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
More of the wet stuff please
Water is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s impossible to overstate how important staying hydrated is. Aim to drink at least two litres (about 6-8 glasses a day) and this will give you more energy, better skin, and can aid weight loss.
Make sensible choices
When it comes to alcohol, we are not saying to avoid it completely if it’s something you enjoy. But instead of an all-out ban why not make changes to the size of your measure? Maybe swap a pint of beer for a bottle of beer and a prosecco in a flute instead of a large glass of wine.
Find a friend
Working out with a friend or family member makes going to the gym and exercising much easier. They can also help to motivate you to work to push yourself harder during your session, according to research from Michigan State University.
Do it yourself!
Swap your takeaways and ready meals for homemade nutritious alternatives. Not only will this help your waistline, it will also give your bank account a boost too! And if you need some ideas and inspiration check out our blog about family favourite recipes.
Deep breathing is a great way to actively manage stress. If you feel yourself feeling anxious and your stress levels rising simply breathe in to a slow count of five, hold for a slow count of five, then slowly release to a count of five. This should help to calm your down and will help keep you feeling centred. Do this five or so times each time you feel your stress levels rising.
Sugar is often a vice for many people. If like many you eat dessert after your meals, then think about healthy swaps and alternatives. What about swapping a dessert for a piece of dark chocolate, which is high in cocoa and a handful of raspberries? This will also help if you suffer from sugar crashes and the cravings.
All these little soon add up, and as soon as you start to look and feel better you’ll be more motivated to implement even more healthy changes. Good luck!