Becoming healthier can seem like a really daunting prospect for some people; you feel like you have to change your entire lifestyle, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, shocking your system by trying to change everything at once can make it even harder.
The fact is, there are a load of little changes that you’ll hardly even notice making, that will actually do you a world of good, and here are just a few to get you started:
Stop drinking your calories – try and get rid of as many of the sugary, or even ‘diet’ drinks in your life. Drink more green and herbal tea, and stick to water as much as you can.
Speaking of water, drink more of it – 2 litres a day if you can! A great way of achieving this is by drinking a pint of water with each meal, and straight away thats about 1.7 litres straight off the bat. The human body is 50-65% water, so keeping yourself topped up is ensuring you’re staying on top form.
Eat your food in order – start with protein, then your veggies, and leave your carbs for the end. It’ll stop you filling up on carbs early on, and missing out on the goodness in the rest of your meal.
Do it in the morning – if you’re gonna workout, try and do it first thing. Your body is rested, it gets your metabolism booming and it gets your day off to a great start!
Pack a lunch – generally speaking, anything you make at home will be healthier than a supermarket equivalent – or at least have fewer artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Bring a pack lunch will also save you making unnecessary purchases and save you quite a bit of cash!
Take a walk – even if you’re not super into exercise, just getting outside for a quick walk – whether it be to the shops or just around the block – means you’re getting active, getting some fresh air and absorbing that vitamin D.
Have some veggie options – vegetarians actually have some pretty great food you know! Swapping out red meat for a veggie equivalent like Quorn just once a week can cut a fair amount of fat from a dish and you might find you don’t even notice a difference!
Don’t skip meals – and listen to your body when its telling you its hungry; that empty stomach is telling you that its lacking nourishment, so don’t ignore it. Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually lower your metabolism, as well as messing with your concentration and other fun little things.
Reduce the booze – you don’t have to go tee-total or anything, but my cutting down on regular drinking, you’ll save yourself a whole lot more calories than you probably realise, as well as letting your body have a bit of a detox every now and then.
You’ll be surprised what little changes you can make to get just a little bit healthier!
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Love it. Health and fitness can come in easy steps. Not just going crazy and paying tons of money to join gyms and get fancy gear. I love your emphasis on how easy it can be to take simple steps.
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