Everywhere you look, someone – somewhere – will be telling you what to do to be a little healthier. Do you know what the most annoying thing about this is? What’s healthy on you, won’t be healthy on someone else.
Here’s the thing: while we all have different ideas and definition of what being healthy means, there are still some general things that we could ALL stand to do in our lives to make it all that little bit easier. More and more research is showing up all the benefits of “lifestyle medicine”. This is stuff like making those changes to your diet and sticking to them, exercising regularly, getting a good night of sleep, etc. You already know that all of these things put together is going to equal better health and a better outlook in your life, it’s just that putting them all together and sticking to them is rather difficult for most people!
With all of this in mind, let’s take a look a little closer at 10 things that you could be doing to inject a little healthy into your life. You never know; you might stick to it this time!
Roald Dahl once wrote that “…if you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely.” That came from The Twits, and it’s a quote that resonates with many people because thinking positive when the ice caps are melting, and the economy is getting worse is hard! We wear our worries on our faces, and we break out in spots and wrinkles when we worry too much. The better our thoughts, the better we relax and remain positive. This then leads to feeling confident and bam – we look fantastic, too. Negative thoughts will always factor at different stages in life, but positive thoughts are the ones that will make you feel good.
You have heard it for years, but eating your greens isn’t just to stop your mother from telling you to do it. Where you can, aim for five servings of something on the green spectrum every day. Add in some other colours if you want to go with fruit, too! A diet that embraces all things colourful helps your body from head to toe. The bolder the green, the better the goodness – eat up!
You don’t have to hit the gym every single day to make an impact on your health, but you do need to move. Get off the bus, get out of the car and just walk. Is where you want to go 2 miles away? Okay, head for a two-mile walk. You’ll be fine, your step count will be up, and you get to breathe in some fresh air. Walking can be therapeutic in the right setting!
This one can be a difficult one to manage when you are dealing with children or are a light sleeper, but where you can, you should try to manage between six and eight hours of sleep every night. Relax before you go to sleep with a little meditation, and leave the screens out of the bedroom. There’s no place for blue light technology when you want to switch off for the night!
A calorie deficit is the only way to truly lose weight. If your goal for feeling healthy is to lose a little extra around the middle, then start logging your food. There are plenty of apps out there that will tell you the calorie count of the foods that you eat, and you can learn what you are putting into your body. It’s a great way to see whether you are eating enough green food, too!
Whether your bad habit may be smoking or a bottle of wine a week, some changes are necessary. Swap the cigarettes for a vape, swap the bottle for a glass and savour it. You can still have the things you want to have, but you don’t have to waste your money or your time putting things into your body that won’t be good in the long run.