In the years of working with people on their health challenges, what I keep hearing is "it's to hard" or "it's to complicated". I'm here to say LET IT BE SIMPLE, because it can be.
Here are a few simple things to ensure that you feel as fit and healthy as possible, starting today. These are 5 simple changes that you can make to your lifestyle to improve your overall health.
1. Get Some Sleep
It is no secret that sleep is important.
You may have noticed that sleeping helps you to
avoid that tired feeling all day, and helps you
to concentrate more. Sleep is also a chance for
your body to rejuvenate, and plenty of things still go
on in your body’s various systems while you sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, it’s not only
highly likely that you’ll be tired the next day, but your health can suffer too.
Being tired makes us emotional, stressed, limits our concentration, and can even make
us more susceptible to illnesses. Try to get around 7-8 hours per night for the best
benefits that sleep has to offer.
It may seem like an unusual suggestion, but do you ever take the chance to just sit and breathe? There are a lot of breathing exercises and even with just one session of concentrating on
your breathing will leave you feeling more relaxed.
Over time if you do this at least once a day, you’ll find that you feel calmer, less emotional,
and just generally better. Meditation is a good time to try out breathing techniques.
3. Don’t Be So Convenient
For some reason, people feel that they are too busy to cook a proper meal each day.
This results in grabbing a quick meal on the way home from their local fast food place
or they get frozen dinners that can be thrown in the oven or microwave when they get home.
While these shortcuts may seem to save time, ultimately, both are very unhealthy choice to make.
Ready meals, processed food, and junk food are loaded with sugar, fat, salt and many more
calories than our bodies need. Fast food also tends to be heavily processed and the
nutritional goodness for our bodies is practically non-existent.
Try to cut back on these unhealthy foods and instead cook from scratch. It is not difficult to prepare
a healthy protein with vegetables on the side which is a far healthier option.
4. Go For A Walk
Instead of putting off exercise claiming that you don’t have enough money to afford a gym,
or enough time to actually go to the gym, just take a step out of your front door.
You can walk anywhere and this is completely free.
Involve the whole family and go for a walk around the block or to the park if there is one nearby. There is absolutely no excuse for not going for a walk and you have plenty to gain from it too.
First of all, you’ll be able to enjoy gentle exercise that will still give you a good cardio workout to
keep your heart pumping. You will also be able to enjoy some fresh air, which is essential
for the brain and muscles.
Make it a nightly ritual that takes places right after dinner.
5. Drink More Water
You need to be drinking water everyday day and if you wait till you're thirsty then you are already dehydrated. Dehydration is one cause of headaches, tiredness, and brain fog so,
get some more water in your body.
You could try, every time you go into your kitchen remember to have a glass of water.
Whether you’re making breakfast, lunch or dinner or if you’re just grabbing a snack, using this
as a prompt to drink a glass of water is an effective way to remember to stay hydrated.
This will improve your overall health and can even have a positive effect on your appearance
by improving the quality of your skin!
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