Whether you're working all week, looking after your children full time or trying to juggle both, its no wonder that for the majority of us we are constantly on the go and at times our health can suffer. With a busy hectic lifestyle we don't always have the time that we would like to be able to do such things as regular exercise, cook healthy meals and put our feet up to relax. With little spare time and a fast-paced way of living we often find ourselves opting for the convenient option to make our life that little bit easier. It’s all too easy to choose a takeaway when we don't have the time to cook or take the car when we are pressed for time, but by making simple changes to your daily life, it can prove very beneficial in the long run. Check out our tips below to find out how to change your lifestyle to improve your overall health.
1. Learn to Walk
A great way to improve your overall fitness is to walk more. If you live near your workplace then try walking to work instead of using your car. If this isn't an option then why not take a stroll in your lunch break to get some fresh air. If you aim to incorporate walking into your daily life as much as possible, then you'll be sure to not only reap the health benefits of walking but will also save money.
2. Join an Exercise Class
Regular exercise is a key factor in helping to lose weight, maintain weight loss, stay in shape and to generally feel healthier and happier in life. One of the best ways to stay motivated to do regular exercise is by finding a class or sport that you enjoy. By attending a regular activity of your choice it will encourage you to stick to your new hobby and potentially meet new friends. Try to think of the time as a fun social time and not just a time to exercise.
3. Make Healthy Meals a Priority
There are so many healthy meals that are quick and easy to prepare and cook. Healthy doesn't always necessarily mean spending ages in the kitchen. A simple nutritious stir-fry can take just minutes to cook. Try cooking in big batches and then freezing some, ideal for when you need a quick meal and a much healthier option than a takeaway. Any leftovers from dinner time are a perfect opportunity for lunch the following day, which will also help you to stick to the correct portion sizes and not over indulge.
4. Find Some Relaxation Time
Modern life is full of daily pressures that results in us feeling stressed out. We often don't get the time or opportunity to relieve this stress so end up feeling tense, anxious and run down. This can be detrimental for your health and in turn your long-term health could suffer. It is very important that you try to find some time to de-stress each day, even if its just half an hour, to read a book, have a bath or do something that will help you to be able to switch off and relax.
5. A Good Night Sleep
It is very beneficial to your health to get around 8 hours sleep a night. At times when we feel stressed and anxious we suffer from disturbed sleep. Before going to bed try compiling a to-do list or writing down any worries that you have on your mind. This will ensure that you won’t forget the important things and by writing you feelings down it may help you to relax. A restful sleep will help you to wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Use insomnia apps to help you sleep.
6. Keep Smiling
One of the most important ways to feel and to stay healthy is to be happy. If you learn to feel positive it helps you stay strong and focused upon your goals in life, such as losing weight or eating healthier. It is much easier to feel and stay in control when you're feeling good about yourself. Surrounding yourself with healthy, positive people will be a great influence and in turn encourage you to follow their lead. And quite simply, smile more.
7. Learn to Feel Good about Yourself
It’s all too easy to feel negative and to focus on the areas that you’re not so happy with. Often we have a distorted view of ourselves and believe that we are much worse than we actually are. A great way to remind yourself of all your good points is to compile a list of all your positive attributes. If you're struggling then ask your friends and family what they think, you may be surprised by what they say. By learning to accept a compliment you will automatically boost your confidence.
8. Have a Laugh
Laughing is a great way to instantly make you feel better. The release of endorphins helps to relieve stress and tension and to boost your immune system. After a stressful day why not try winding down with a humorous book or watching a comedy show. Sharing happy, fun times with loved ones is a good way to lower your stress levels and maintain a positive outlook on life.