All of us want to live a long happy and healthy life and do this we need to follow a few pointers. We need to eat properly, get enough exercise and drink plenty of fluids to keep our body’s systems working properly. Here are some great tips on becoming a healthier you.
It is important to sleep regularly and to have enough to be able to carry on throughout the day. Aim for 8 hours but if you are tired, go to bed early instead of sleeping in.
Eat fresh food
Get more exercise
Incorporate more exercise in your day by walking the last flight of stairs to your office or getting off one stop on the train or bus before home and walking the rest of the way. It is amazing how easy it is to add a little bit of exercise to each day.
Drink plenty of fluids especially during and after exercising. It doesn’t have to be water it can be iced tea, water with a squeeze of lemon, green tea or your favourite freshly squeezed juice.
Eliminate sugar and salt
Try to eliminate as much salt and sugar as you can. Instead of salt try adding herbs and spices to food and use artificial or natural alternative sweeteners.
Add to your diet, don’t take away
Add more fruit and vegetables to your diet and add more lean protein. Don’t eat less just to lose a few pounds, eat better. When you eat in front of the TV you eat more than you realize and you don’t actually enjoy your food as much. Take your time to savour the taste of the great healthy food you are eating.
Stock healthy snacks
Fill the fridge and larder with healthy snacks like tinned fruit in natural juice, tuna in brine or spring water and lots of carrots and celery sticks already cut up to eat.
Play with the kids
Take time to play outdoors with the kids. They will love it and so will you. Kick a soccer ball in the park; go for a walk in a national park or reserve; walk along the beach or explore your town. What you teach the kids about exercise will stay with them so they will lead a healthy life with their family.
Have a positive attitude
Always be positive about changing your habits. You will not feel better immediately, you may even feel worse but soon you will be seeing the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.