Sometimes, living a healthier lifestyle is seemingly impossible. I personally have struggled with trying to fit many different “diets” or “lifestyles” into my routine; haven’t we all? The best thing I have learned on this journey is that being healthy doesn’t have to be drastic or difficult.
Our physical health is the one thing keeping us going in this world, and yet it is also the thing we most often take for granted. When you decide to take control of the decisions you are making to affect your physical health, the impacts will permeate into your overall well-being. By incorporating a few simple steps into your daily routine, I can guarantee that you will:
a) Have more energy in your day-to-day life.
b) Feel better about the choices you are making (confidence is key).
c) Be on track to living a longer, more prosperous, and happier life.
As always, the audio version of this post can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Google Play. If you would like access to an at home HIIT workout to kickstart your fitness alongside these healthier choices, you can find that here.
1. Get More Sleep
Who wouldn’t love to spend the day in bed? I know some days I would. The hustle is hard – waking up at 6, not going to bed until midnight. The fact is though, that sleep is important and needs to be made a priority.
The average adult should be striving to get between 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night in order to maintain a variety of regular body functions. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Mood control
- Memory/cognitive function
- Metabolic regulation (sleep decreases the production of leptin – hunger inhibiting hormone – meaning you are more likely to make choices out of physical need rather than emotion).
- Heart health (sleep lowers the production of inflammatory proteins – common in people with sleep apnea/other sleep disorders – thus decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease).
2. Drink More Water
This can be hard for many. Try infusing your water with different fruits/herbs/veggies so that you don’t get bored! Hydration is key to flush your body of toxins (no detoxes necessary), and clearing your skin. Further to this, an increased consumption of water has been shown to boost your metabolism, and curb cravings (aka. good for weightloss) Lastly, a dehydrated body means a dehydrated mind. By increasing water consumption you will see an improvement in alertness and motor skills.
3. Get Moving
To see the benefits of movement you do not need to spend hours at the gym. Simply seek opportunities to move. Get up from your desk! Go for a walk! Pick up some weights! Any of these activities are linked to improved cardiovascular health, mood, joints/muscles/tissue strength, and blood flow/focus.
4. Eat Your Veggies
Your parents weren’t lying when they told you this! Consumption of vegetables (particularly a variety of veggies) has been linked to improved gut health – which in turn is linked to mental health and overall wellbeing/energy). Vegetables have SO MANY vitamins and minerals, it is important to diversify your choices and “eat the rainbow” in order to reap all of the potentional benefits.
Here are a few of the color/benefit correlations:
Red/Purple/Blue – Lycopene – Decreases risk for heart disease and cancer
White – Allicin – Decreases blood pressure
Orange/Yellow – Carotenoids/Beta-kerotene – Improves immune function and vision
Green – Chlorophyll – improves skin, decreases the risk for cancer, anddna mutations –
Eating a variety of vegetables will improve your vitamin intake tenfold #vitamins4days. If veggies really aren’t your thing try sneaking them into a smoothie (i.e. kale, spinach, zucchini, cauliflower, etc.) or make use of a greens powder such as this for a delicious way to get multiple servings in one go!
5. Practice Positivity
A positive mind yields positive results. By developing better, more positive coping skills in difficult times, stress hormone (cortisol) levels will be lowered over time. Stress is the number one public health enemy and by learning techniques to combat it, you will be on your way to healthier, happier life. Practice positivity and feel good.
Healthy living can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Small, simple changes can have HUGE impacts and outcomes in the grand scheme.