Do you want to lead a healthier life? No matter who you are, I can guarantee the answer to that is a resounding yes. Many of us want to live healthier, longer, happier lives – and yet, just as often, we might find ourselves engaging in behaviors which are not conducive to that end. If you are serious about improving your health, then you need to think about what you actually need to do to get there – and then you need to do those things. It might sound simple, and in one respect it is, but often these simple changes for a healthy lifestyle are the hardest thing to actually enact.
The trick, then, is to make lots of little changes, day by day, until you find yourself leading the healthy life that you want to lead. In this article, we are going to take you through some key changes which are bound to make a profound difference to your life. They are all small, everyday things, the kind of thing that you can do with no trouble, and yet they add up to make a big difference to how you feel, look and live.
Give Your Kitchen A Food Makeover
No, we’re not talking renovations here. But allowing yourself a day to go through all of your food and throw out anything less than healthy is a great start to a new healthy lifestyle. You might decide that you want to keep one or two slightly ‘naughty’ options, and that’s fine. Nobody is telling you that you have to starve yourself of joy! But going through your fridge, your pantry, and your cupboards and swapping the old for the new is a powerful way to send yourself a message about your health and your new life. And that message is: let’s do this!
Have An Active Lunch Break
Whatever your job is, it is likely that your lunch break is a time of reticence. This is the case for most people, and for office workers in particular it can soon become a bad habit. If you really want to make a big difference to your physical health, then it might be a good idea to try and have an active lunch break.
This can entail pretty much anything you like. So long as is it something other than sitting – or, worse, staying at your desk – then you can be sure that it is going to do you some serious favors. Of course, if you are feeling particularly energetic, then you might decide to go for a quick jog – or you could even make it a habit to quickly go to the gym. Whatever you do, as long as you are remaining active in your lunch break, you will significantly healthier in no time at all. This will make a big difference, and it is so easy to do.
You might have nearly skipped over that. Yes, it sounds strange, but there is mounting evidence to suggest that learning how to properly breathe can make a huge difference to your overall health. If you think about it, this is hardly surprising. After all, the breath is one of the body’s most important functions – that much goes without saying. If you are able to breathe in a manner which is more relaxing and calming, then you might be surprised at the ongoing effects it can have.
If you are not sure whether you are a practised breather, then that probably means that you are not. So here is an easy and sublimely powerful technique for improving your breathing no matter where you are. If you can close your eyes for this, all the better, but it is not absolutely essential. Breathe in slowly and deliberately through the nose, with the mouth closed, and focus on the breath as much as you can. If your wind wanders, gently pull it back to the breath. Keep doing this until you can do so without struggle. Taking on board this simple practice, and doing it every day, is one of the simplest ways of radically transforming your life, your perceptions, and your overall health levels. Give it a go – you won’t be disappointed.
Eat More Variety
We all know about the importance of a healthy diet, but relatively few manage it in the proper sense, and even fewer keep it up for very long. Still, if you want to, you can be the exception. In general, what you need to aim to do is to eat more of a variety of foods, no matter what they might be.
At the moment, it might be that you only eat mostly meat, or carbohydrates, for example. This can easily happen, because we all find ourselves falling into the same old habitual traps as before. Instead, make a simple effort to include a bit more variety in your diet. This might mean that you decide to eat more fish, for example. Or it could be a case of including more fruit and vegetables in your diet. A good example in particular would be to eat more grains, as these can provide a lot of long-lasting protein which can be a great way to eat more healthily in an economical way. If you decide to make this particular change, you will be bound to notice some big changes in how you feel – and look – in no time at all.
The truth is, you don’t have to want to be beefy to lift weights. Lifting weights can be a great health benefit to anyone, and if you don’t believe that it is worth giving it a go. If you start lifting weights on a regular basis, it won’t be long before you notice some real changes. Of course, it goes without saying that your muscles will improve, but so will your overall stamina. This is because psychologically lifting weights improves your ability to see things through when they get tough, and you might be surprised at how many parts of your life this touches in a short space of time. Do yourself a favor and get some weights to start lifting today. It can really make a world of difference to both your physical and your mental well-being.
Avoid Dangerous Foods
You might think it goes without saying, but part of the problem is that you often don’t know what is dangerous until it is too late. There is one sure way to avoid such a fate, however: pay attention to who is manufacturing the food you eat. You might start to notice that there are certain companies who produce food which seems to be less than trustworthy. Avoiding such foods is a necessary part of the healthier lifestyle, because there are all sorts of problems which can arise as a result of such food.
In some cases, food poisoning can occur, and it goes without saying that you don’t need that at any point in your life. If you do experience food poisoning, it is worth bearing in mind that you might be able to take some kind of action, as this can be a particularly damaging experience for anyone. Take a look at www.RobinsCloud.com/food-poisoning-lawsuit for more on this subject. In the meantime, do everything you can to ensure that the food you are eating is as trustworthy as possible. This should help to avoid most unfortunate situations with bad food, and will help to keep you in the right shape.
Warm Up & Down
There is a really important part of any exercise regime which is commonly overlooked. Yes, we are talking about the warm up and the warm down. If you miss these out, it can cause ongoing damage to your muscles and tissues, so make sure that you do it every time. The warm up and down do not need to be that over the top or complex – it is mostly just a matter of ensuring that you do it. As long as you are carrying out some basic stretches before and after, that should be sufficient. Read about the importance of warming up at
Stand To Work
If you have an office job, then here is a unique solution which could add years on to your life. Get a standing desk and you can stand while you work – something which has been proven to improve your health dramatically in a short space of time. When you stand to work, you do not suffer the same kind of ongoing issues that you do when you sit all day every day. Of course, this might not be for everyone – but if you are keen to minimize the negative effect that your work has on your health, a standing desk could be the ideal solution.
Finally, it is worth remembering that sleep is your best friend when it comes to improving your health generally. If there is one change to make today, it should be to get more sleep. For this, drink less coffee and tea, get more exercise, and avoid screens a couple of hours before bed. With more sleep, you can function much better in your daily life. Read more at https://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/how-to-sleep-better.htm.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.