Leading a healthier life may sound like a big undertaking, but it really doesn’t have to be. Healthy living all comes down to making simple, everyday changes, one step at a time. Expecting to change all of your bad habits overnight by hopping on the latest diet fad is never a practical or realistic strategy for creating permanent, lasting change. So instead of setting yourself up for failure, just focus on taking one step (and changing one bad habit) at a time. To learn more about some simple things that you can do every day to live healthier, keep reading.
Drink More Water
Did you know that a majority of us are chronically dehydrated? Being dehydrated may not sound serious, but it can cause a number of different problems like fatigue, irritability, and it can even impact your cognitive function. So if you’re finding it challenging to get in those recommended 8 glasses of water per day, try to ditch the soda, alcohol and excess caffeine for more water instead. By focusing on this one simple habit, your body will be able to flush out more toxins, boost your metabolism, shed weight more easily, and increase your energy levels.
Learn to Enjoy Your Meals
Many of us are guilty of munching on our meals in front of the computer, with the TV on, or with the phone on the table close by to aimlessly browse through. But these seemingly harmless habits have created a serious disconnect when we’re eating. So another simple thing that you can do every day to live a healthier life is to put down the smartphone or step away from the laptop when eating. This will let you mindfully enjoy your meals, really taste what you’re eating and most importantly, pick up on your satiety cues that signal when you’re full. This helps prevent overeating and instead, teaches you to listen to your body. So start by carving out enough time (without distractions) to really enjoy one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Find Simple Ways During The Day To Keep Active
Living an active lifestyle doesn’t have to necessarily involve hitting the gym each morning for an hour of intense workout. In fact, working out for that hour and then plunking down for the rest of the day in front of a computer can really be counterintuitive. Try to find simple ways to balance out those stagnant hours during the day by taking the stairs instead of the escalator, choosing to bike rather than drive, or going for a walk to enjoy the fresh air during your lunch break. Even if you don’t have enough time to always do a workout, spending 20-30 minutes here and there throughout the day moving your body can make a world of difference for improving your overall health and wellbeing.
Eat More Vegetables
Every meal that you eat should include some form of vegetable. If you can cover at least half of your plate with veggies, then you’re already well ahead of the game! Aside from vegetables being super rich in the nutrients, fibre, vitamins and minerals we need, they’re also low in calories and help keep us hydrated too. And, by bulking up on veggies during the day, you’ll be less inclined to reach for something unhealthy since they’ll keep you satiated for longer.
Don’t Deprive Yourself Of Treats
If you decide to go cold turkey and completely eliminate all of the treats that you enjoy, chances are you’ll be far more inclined to fall off of the bandwagon – and hard. So instead of depriving yourself, enjoy some of the sweeter things now and again. Also, you can find so many different healthier alternatives nowadays that are super tasty and can satisfy those sweet cravings. Dark chocolate is a popular favourite since it’s rich, decadent and packed full of antioxidants.
Start doing these simple things every day to live healthier. By focus on transforming one bad habit at a time into something that you can enjoy and benefit from, you can help to sense of wellbeing and quality of life dramatically.