Looking after yourself is a no-brainer, an automatic reaction, right? It ought to be, but not everybody sees it this way. So many of us take our health for granted that unfortunately, it can take a scare to make us realise that we need to start treating our bodies with respect. Sitting around eating junk food and swilling fizzy drinks can be tempting, but eating healthily can be just as addictive, only with far more beneficial results.
Whether you’re a confirmed health freak or you’re just starting out on the road to a healthier lifestyle, there are some simple tips you can follow to make it easier.
Exercise is great for everyone and you can tailor it according to your ability. If you have been exercising regularly for years, then try some different activities to keep on pushing yourself. For beginners, start slow, don’t overdo it, but do keep it up. Getting disheartened the first time you exercise won’t get you anywhere. Most gyms have programmes for beginners and they will develop a set of exercises that are safe for you. The advantage to joining a gym is knowing that you are using safe equipment and there are always first aid kits and first aiders around if you do overdo it.
Enjoy your food
These days, we all know there’s no point starving ourselves to get slim. A far healthier approach to food is to eat healthy, fresh produce, include a good balance of protein and carbs and limit your fat intake. There are some fabulous fresh foods out there, so why not check out some healthy recipes and get cooking? You will soon wonder why you spent so long eating tasteless junk food. It’s important to give yourself an occasional treat though, so don’t deny yourself a piece of chocolate or occasional bacon sandwich.
Sometimes easier said than done, but getting a good night’s sleep will work wonders for your health. You’ll feel more energetic, your skin will be clearer and you won’t have that sluggish feeling that lack of sleep can bring. Try going to bed a little earlier, have a warm milky drink beforehand and avoid watching TV or using your phone or computer in bed. It’s time to unwind.
Water, water everywhere
We’re always being told to drink more water and that’s because it is so good for us. Water will flush out toxins in your body, keeping you healthy and hydrated. It’s a great natural thirst quencher and you often think you’re hungry when you’re actually thirsty so regular drinks of water can keep hunger pangs at bay, too.
None of this is rocket science, but it is sensible and logical advice. You need to devise a realistic eating and exercise plan which fits around your lifestyle and stick with it. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen.
Jennifer is a nutritionist who regularly writes articles and blogs encouraging readers to take up a healthier lifestyle. She hopes those who click here to read her advice will be inspired to start eating well and taking exercise.