I always hear from individuals who are trying to follow a healthy lifestyle, and it is all too easy for them to give up after the first setback. Healthy living, in my opinion, should not have to be difficult; it is a lifestyle that we want to live in order to feel great and look great.
When it comes to being healthier, we always place way too much responsibility on ourselves; it won’t happen overnight. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to shifting the attitude about your fitness and the food you consume.
Small improvements to your everyday routine could add up to something amazing, and it won’t be a one-time fix; if you’re really dedicated, these small changes might set you up for the rest of your life.
Healthy living, in my opinion, is about accepting our shortcomings as they are what distinguishes us as individuals and makes us beautiful. Life is much too short to not be content, to eat the foods you like, and to rejoice just becoming the individual you were born to be.
Everyone has their own definition of good; it’s arbitrary, and one size does not suit all, but one thing I am certain of is that once you’ve discovered your ideal of healthy, you’ll enjoy it!
Entering the realms of healthy living may be frightening for some and exhilarating for others, but it should be a rewarding opportunity for everyone. You might begin the path to a healthy you as soon as today, literally right now.
Sorry if I sound preachy, but all I’m trying to say is that by walking an extra mile or consuming an extra serving of vegetables, you will make a significant improvement to your wellbeing over time – little improvements that might not feel like much at the time can add up to something wonderful.
Here are five practical things you can do each day over the span of a week to help you become a better and happier person.
- Increase the water intake.
Let it be understood that consuming 2 litres of water a day is extremely difficult! However, it is beneficial to your wellbeing and removes all of the chemicals from the body. I’m now on a “drink more water” kick, and while I can’t guarantee I’m having my 2 litres every day, I realise I’m drinking more than I used to and much healthier as a result.
- Increase the physical activity.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator, get off the bus a couple of stops later than normal, and walk – sometimes little improvements can have a big effect. I’ve been really enjoying going for walks and having some fresh air as a means of exercise lately.
There is so much you can do to get more exercise that doesn’t include going to the gym if that isn’t your thing. Workouts don’t have to take two hours; use any time you have left in your day, whether it’s 45 minutes or ten minutes; it all counts!
Exercise doesn’t have to be boring; find something you like doing and have fun with it, and you’re halfway there.
- Increase the fruit and vegetable intake.
Fruits and vegetables are well-known for their nutritional benefits. Some of us don’t even have some of this plant-based goodness in our diets, which surprises me.
Adding a few extra broccoli florets to your dinner plate, carrots to your lettuce, strawberries to your porridge, or whatever your favourite fruit and veg are, can do you the world of good and is a simple improvement you can make right now.
- Blend it all in!
If you haven’t noticed, I’m a little obsessed with green smoothies, particularly now that the weather is getting a little colder. They’re another perfect way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, and they make a great compact nutritious breakfast and lunch while you’re on the go.
Don’t be put off by the green colour; until the other ingredients are included, you won’t be able to taste the earthy leaves, which is what makes them so delicious. For some green ideas, go to my recipe page and look under ‘smoothies.’
- Offer yourself a reward
We’re not perfect; I wouldn’t trust you if you told me there’s somebody that survives on lettuce and green beans all day every day. It’s perfectly acceptable to have cravings for cookies, sweets, and crisps; I, for one, can’t fight the temptation to face plant in a big fat wedge of chocolate cake and won’t apologise for it.
It’s all about having the happy balance that appeals for you when it comes to how often and how much you consume certain types of foods.
I don’t believe in deprivation; if you want to eat some shortbread, go ahead; just get a few instead of the whole package. Being safe often entails listening to the body and showing it what it desires. A pair of cookies as part of a healthier diet will not help you gain weight, nor will not consuming them make you lose weight.
In fact, healthy living may be as complicated or as simple as you make it, with the latter being the preferred option. Making small improvements to your routine today would have a significant long-term impact on your existence. It will be wonderful to learn about your little lifestyle adjustments toward a happier you that you are making now.
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What little improvements would you create today to become a better and happier version of yourself?