Choosing to follow a healthier lifestyle can promote a life full of quality and longevity. More and more research is showing that the key to lifelong good health is what experts call “lifestyle medicine” — making simple changes in diet, exercise, and stress management.
It really isn’t complicated. It is simply about being aware.
If you are looking for ways to achieve a healthier balance or for changes you can make in order to live a happier, fuller, longer life then you may want to check out my tips for leading a healthy life below:
1. Exercise more
Not just a few times a week, but every day. Research has shown that exercising daily brings tremendous health benefits including a longer life span, lowering the risk of heart attacks and other diseases, improving bone density and weight loss, as well as contributing to mental well-being by helping treat depression, relieve stress and anxiety. Exercise also aids better sleep. Even if you are pushed for time, exercise could be gained simply by walking up stairs rather than taking the lift, or even try walking or cycling on shorter journeys rather than taking the car.
2. Drink more water
Water is key when staying healthy and hydrated, so make sure you keep a bottle with you at all times and drink at least 2litres a day. Over 60% of your body is made up of water and since you lose water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing, you need to replenish your water intake.
3. Make healthier diet choices
Studies show that a ‘primal’ diet made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, as well as meat, fish and eggs, is best for weight control and improvement in risk markers for illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. Try to eat a diet rich in brightly coloured food as they are usually high in anti-oxidants: White (Bananas, Mushroom), Yellow (Pineapples, Mango), Orange (Orange, Papaya), Red (Apple, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon), Green (Guava, Avocados, Cucumber, Lettuce, Celery), Purple/Blue (Blackberries, Eggplant, Prunes).
4. Get enough sleep
Sleep affects you more than you would think, so try not to pull too many late nighters. Getting a bad night’s sleep not only changes your mood negatively, but also changes your concentration levels and makes your skin worse. Additionally, when you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more…usually junk food. Make sure you are getting enough rest and you won’t need to snack to keep yourself awake.
5. Quit Smoking
It has been extensively proven that smoking is detrimental to your health and body, particularly the lungs – coughs, colds, wheezing and asthma are just the start. Smoking can cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer, kidney cancer, oesophagal cancer, heart attacks and more. Quitting is the best thing you will ever do and there is lots of FREE support available online or at your local stop smoking service. If you are unable to go “cold turkey” straight away but want to reduce your consumption, with the aim to quit tobacco altogether, then vaping may be the answer.