5 top tips for living a healthier life
Life shouldn’t be all about diets and restraint it should be about enjoyment and balance and I truly believe that by making small changes to our lifestyles we can all live a healthier life.
So here are my top 5 tips
1). Swap pop for water
Water is good for us for many reasons but this doesn’t mean that you have to give up everything else and try and drink gallons of water every day, this will only become very boring very quickly. Instead aim to swap one glass of pop or juice with a water at some point in the day, then aim to introduce one extra glass of water everyday, perhaps it could be the first drink of the day or the last drink before bed or try carrying a water bottle around with you for water on the go. As you long as you are increasing your water intake you are making a positive change and little by little you can introduce more water as time goes by.
2). Move more
We all know that exercise is important, we also know that in the run up to summer the gyms are full and the pool is busy, usually with people wanting to create their summer bodies but the sudden increase in exercise is going to be hard to maintain for everyone and the novelty will soon wear off. In order to make this about creating a healthier life you need to move more generally. Could you walk to work, the shops or the school run instead of taking the car? Think about recording your steps, and take the stairs more often or park at the end of the car park if you do need to drive. Incorporate movement into family life with nature walks and family trips to trampoline parks where you get involved to. Exercise does not need to be boring or rigid, move more, laugh lots.
3). Reduce the alcohol
Again living a healthier life isn’t about stopping the nights out and never drinking again, it’s about creating a balance. Perhaps reduce the number of nights you drink in a week, or replace one or two drinks with low alcohol or alcohol free versions. Instead of thinking of dates with partners or friends that involve alcohol why not suggest something different like the cinema or an activity you can do together.
4). Swap the cigarettes for vapes
We all know the dangers of smoking but this isn’t about stopping everything and giving up the things we like and enjoy, it is about making changes for a healthier life, so when it comes to smoking why not swap from cigarettes to vapes. This is an easy change to make as vape products are readily available online and they are so much more socially acceptable that you will more than just health benefits.
5). Create a sleep routine
Sleep is important and yet generally talking people don’t give it much thought, they just go to bed when they can and hope to fall asleep as quick as possible which isn’t always that easy. Creating a bedtime routine is just as important for adults as it is for children. Consider the time you go to bed and what you are doing for the hour before that, allow time to switch off and avoid technology and if you do have trouble sleeping then there are a number of herbal remedies that can help.
I hope these small changes will have a big impact on your ability to live a healthier life.