Living a healthy lifestyle is something that we all try to do. We go for fad diets and we pay for expensive gym memberships – but the truth is that it’s impossible to live a healthy lifestyle unless we really commit to it. Here are some simple things you can do to make sure you get healthier.
Eat A Healthier Diet
First of all, it’s time to eat better. Cut out as much sugar as you can – not only does it make your energy levels soar up and down but you’ll also find that you drop a few pounds as well. And of course, we all know that less sugar is good for your dental health. Focus on eating more lean protein like chicken and oily fish along with plenty of greens like spinach and kale, and cut down on your portion sizes. If you’re tired of the same old food, invest in some good spices and start to use recipes with more chili, ginger and cumin for extra taste. Remember that moderation is key to succeeding with a healthy diet – banning yourself from eating certain foods will only make you crave them more.
If you’re the sort of person who tends to drive everywhere, it’s time to cut that out. Leave your car at home and walk to the store instead – not only will you get some exercise but the environment will thank you for it as well! Get some shoes that support your feet well, and make sure that you’re well stocked up on sunscreen over the summer, and in no time you’ll be hiking over your local beauty spots as well as walking as often as you can in your day to day life.
Cut Down On Alcohol And Smoking
One of the best ways to get very healthy very quickly is by cutting down on cigarettes and alcohol. Both can be extremely tough to do, so you have to set your mind to it and make sure that it’s really something that you want to do. With smoking, cut down gradually using nicotine patches and gum – a lot of people also find that hypnosis works. You could try saving the money that you aren’t spending on cigarettes and treating yourself at the end of the month. With alcohol, remember that the occasional glass of red wine is good for you, but that you don’t want to make it a habit that you rely on in the evenings.
Join An Exercise Class
One of the best and most sociable ways to get fit is by joining an exercise class. For anyone who doesn’t fancy working out on the machines at the gym or starting up running or going swimming in public, an exercise class is the perfect option – not only are they sociable but they’re also very encouraging. Try out yoga, which will help your mental wellbeing as well as your body as you get fix and flexible, or zumba which is fun and energetic, or maybe pilates, which will tone your body and strengthen your core muscles.
An extremely simple way to lose weight is to make sure that you eat breakfast every morning – this will stop you snacking through the day and getting treats for yourself from your office vending machine. Get up half an hour earlier and make yourself a tasty omelet with tomato and spinach in it, or maybe smashed avocado on wholewheat toast – add a scrambled or poached egg to the side of it for a little added protein. If you have a sweet tooth, go for oatmeal or granola with berries like raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, or maybe even a smoothie that you can take to work with you and sip through the morning.
Consider Your Mental Health
If you’ve been feeling tired and empty lately, it could be time to focus on your mental health. A lot of people think that signs of depression are limited to crying a lot and feeling miserable but the truth is that anger and annoyance along with feeling unable to take pleasure from your everyday activities are also signs of depression. Mental ill health can seriously impact the rest of your life so if you suspect you may be suffering from it, don’t be ashamed – go to your doctor and consider going on medication or going to speak to a therapist about it. Although there’s a stigma around mental health, it’s time that we changed that – be as open about it as you want to be and as you start to get healthy.