If you want to make the change to a healthier lifestyle, you should consider taking baby steps, rather than dramatic action. There are exceptions, of course – if you have a serious illness or condition, for example. But, for the vast majority of people, making little tweaks to your lifestyle will be much easier to attempt, and result in a healthier you. Here are five little things you can do to get started.
Drink more water
Let’s start with one of the easiest things you can do to get on the road to a healthier lifestyle: drinking more water. All you have to do is stop drinking sugary cordials, sodas, colas, and caffeine, and replace it with water. Good old H2O is like oil in a car engine for the human body. It makes everything work well, keeps you alert, and it’s simple to bring into your everyday diet. We are lucky to live in a part of the world where water is always available on tap – so use this incredible benefit more often.
Tweak your diet
Ask any nutritionist, dietician, or medical expert, and they will all tell you the same thing. Fad diets don’t work long-term. Instead, you need to change the way you eat on a permanent basis. Start filling up your plate with more vegetables than meat. Eat a piece of fruit instead of a chocolate bar or packet of crisps. Keep desserts for special occasions only, and cut down on your intake of red meat. These things are all achievable – and easy to bring in over the course of a month or so.
Try more exercise
How much exercise are you doing these days? If you aren’t getting your blood circulating and your heart pumping, at least, three times a week, you aren’t going to be in great health. Start slowly – even walking at a brisk pace for twenty minutes every day can help. There is so much info out there that you can use for free, whatever stage of fitness you are at, so use it wisely. All it takes is dedication and commitment, and you can introduce exercise into your life on a permanent basis.
Learn something every day
Let’s not forget about mental health, either. It’s important to keep your brain functioning well throughout your life, so make sure you are testing yourself. If you do the same old things day in day out, it’s not going to keep you sharp. So, try and learn something new every day. It could be the simple act of reading a book, or something more testing like learning a new language. Think it’s too hard? Don’t. Take a look at Duolingo for a gamified way of learning a new language.
Finally, make sure that you take some time out of your day from the pressures of modern life. We’re always ‘connected’ today, answering emails and fielding phone calls. So, turn your phone off at a certain time of night, and spend it talking to your family instead. Take a couple of hours a week to do something you love, whether it’s on your own or with family or friends. Avoiding stress is the name of the game – and these little time outs can work wonderfully well in helping you to achieve it.