Making a change for the better can be hard work. If you do not already lead a healthy lifestyle, then making the transition is a challenging and often frustrating process; but fear not! Embarking on upon a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to starve yourself, eat bland food or become a saint. With the right knowledge, it is actually pretty easy.
With this in mind, here are our 7 tips for a healthy mind and body
To make a change and stick with it, you need to actually want it. Get yourself in the mind-set of healthy living, read up on it, and search for things you want to achieve. Knowing what you can do, how you can do it, and what your reward will be is half the battle already won.
Going hand-in-hand with motivation, realistic targets and goals are also an important factor in achieving healthy living. Set yourself achievable weight goals, set out time specifically for exercise, and keep track of progress. Being able to look back and see it all paying off will help keep you on track.
Have you ever noticed in the supermarket how the fruit, vegetables, fresh meat, fishmonger, bakery, and fresh dairy are all around the outside aisle? This has led to the term ‘shopping around the outer aisles’, as the produce you get here is all fresh and often unprocessed. This makes it a much healthier choice compared to the heavily processed, hard to digest, fatty packaged alternatives you get in the centre of the supermarket.
Being healthy doesn’t mean you need to go vegan – although an all plant based diet can be extremely good for you. It is more about working out correct portion sizes, and the ratio of your meals content. Go back a few generations and most meals were a little bit of meat with a lot of vegetables, and it was healthy. Now-a-days, with the convenience of mass production, this ratio has shifted to often favour meat and heavily processed carbs, leading to an epidemic of obesity and health problems. Cutting back on meat in favour of healthier alternatives, as well as eating healthier proportion sizes will go a long way in the fight to get healthy. This doesn’t mean meals need to be bland, just thought out.
Staying hydrated is essential for healthy living. It is required to keep the cardiovascular system in order, which transports nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body. Even being 2% dehydrated slows efficiency, so make sure to drink lots of water! It is generally recommended that you drink at least 2 litres of water spread throughout the day.
Regular Exercise is really important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. What is just as important is that you actually enjoy it as well. It is pretty hard to stay motivated when exercise becomes a chore, so find a sport or activity you like, and get involved. It doesn’t have to be something crazy or intense, even going for regular walks counts.
Nothing saps willpower more than a constant and unrelenting regime. Don’t be afraid to indulge yourself every now and again as a reward for reaching your goals – it will give you the drive to continue, and ensure you don’t feel trapped. Just make sure you don’t go too overboard!
Hopefully with these tips will help you make a change for the better. What is important is to not obsess over weight, daily intake and progress. If you end up punishing yourself instead of supporting yourself you will quickly become demoralised and fall away. You need to be realistic, life is for living, so find that balance that is right for you.