There are so many fads, diets, and training regimes out there that promise to get you fit fast, or healthier in no time at all. This is advice on how to have a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain long term, and some habits to start making that actually work. Most of this advice might seem obvious, but you would be amazed at how much misinformation is out there, and some of the lifestyles that people maintain that simply don’t work.
Fad diets that encourage you to be hungry all the time, or that try to trick your body, never work, especially long term. People might try these lifestyles, and when they are unsuccessful, feel disheartened and get back into familiar bad habits. This is some advice to that you can try, or at least some ideas to try new things out. You might find that you enjoy something, or that something really works for you. By reading through some of these ideas you might find out where you are going wrong, or find out some things about your lifestyle that are just right for maintaining your health.
Try Not to Eat So Much Processed Food
There are many diets telling you to do many strange things, and eat in lots of different ways. But the ones that work, are ones that encourage you to not eat as much processed food. Food that has been processed means that it isn’t fresh, frozen pizzas for example, fast food, microwave meal, or pies. These kinds of foods are usually made with preservatives and chemicals to make the have a longer shelf life. Because they have been processed, they contain less vitamins, which you find in abundance in fresh foods.
Cook at Home More
Many people order in, or eat out, a lot more than they should. There are many excuses people make, not having the time, or the energy to cook food, but you can still make great meals from scratch in no time at all. While families and work do require all our time and energy, eating takeaways or eating out all the time, is not going to make this any better. Eating fattier high carb foods is fine every now and again, but having the constantly can make you feel sluggish and like you have little energy.
Avoiding processed foods means you will inevitable be cooking a bit more and cooking from scratch. This means buying vegetables, potatoes, and most of your produce fresh. This might mean you have to plan ahead a bit more but the rewards you get are well worth it. The health of you and your family will be worth the extra time and effort you put into cooking. Eating food that you cook yourself will be fresher, and contain less chemicals. This means you get more vitamins, which means you feel like you have more energy throughout the day.
Go Vegan or Vegetarian
Whether you eat meat for every meal, or have been a vegetarian for years, cutting down the amount of meat and dairy produce you consume, will be be very beneficial for your health. You don’t have to commit to a full vegan lifestyle, but cutting down on the amount of meat you have would have a positive impact on your health. Meat is very fatty, and while it arguable contains things like iron, you can have perfectly healthy lifestyle without it. Cutting down on meat will lower your cholesterol too, if you struggle with this.
An inevitable side effect of cutting out dairy is losing weight, which so many fad diets fail to take into account. Diary has almost no nutritional value, it just tastes good. Our bodies weren’t made to digest dairy, it’s just some people have better lactose intolerance than others. Why not try switching to a non dairy milk? Next time you’re ordering coffee, try a soya latte or cappuccino, you might find that you really like it! There is also oat, coconut, almond and cashew milk out there. Try some of these alternatives and see if you like the taste of any.
Find a Sport or Activity You Enjoy
So many people try really hard to take up activities they don’t enjoy. This often means they dread going to the gym, or training, and often don’t try that hard because they aren’t that interested. If you are doing a sport to look good that you don’t enjoy, chances are, you aren’t going to keep it up.
If you don’t enjoy running try out something else. There are lots of sports and activities that use different skills, use different parts of the body, and suit different people. Be open minded and try out something you’re not used to. There are lots of local groups that meet to play sports, and meet up regularly with other people. Many of these groups aren’t competitive and welcome beginners. It can be intimidating to try out new sports, and no one expects a professional standard from you the first time you try it!
If you are trying out running, weightlifting, or any other sport for the first time alone, make sure you do your research online beforehand. There is a wealth of information on the internet about all kinds activities, and lots of online communities where you can get support and advice. There are often some technical aspects to certain activities, so doing research can mean you excel at it quicker, and that you will be doing it safely.
Finding something you enjoy doing, means you will want to go out and do it. Running around after a soccer ball doesn’t feel like exercise if you enjoy it. Finding something you like is essential for a healthy lifestyle, as it is something you will want to keep up long term, and is a great life long habit to have.
Get Enough Sleep
Not having enough sleep can impact your life in so many ways. While things like insomnia or other mental illnesses might need more care and attention when try to get the right amount of sleep, for the majority, being more aware of how your function best can be enough. Not staying up all night watching tv, and not having caffeine towards the end of the day, can help people to sleep.
Getting enough sleep means you will be more focussed in the day time, and have better concentration. There are so many benefits of sleep that go unnoticed, like helping your digestion for example. If you don’t get enough sleep, look into changing this. Likewise, if you regularly lie in and sleep too much, this also can have negative effects on your life, and is usually a sign of depression, or even some kind of vitamin deficiency.
Sleeping is a delicate matter, but getting it right can have great effects on your life. Doing exercise to tire your mind and body out, also helps many people to get to sleep each night. Eating at regular intervals throughout the day, and not in random bursts followed by a long period of not eating, can also help you to get to sleep.
Drinking water regularly throughout the day is something everyone should do to keep their body healthy. If you are drinking water, you might not be tempted to have as many fizzy drinks, or quite as many coffees as usual too. Fizzy drinks don’t keep you hydrated and contain so much unnecessary and processed sugars that your body doesn’t need.
Starting your day off by drinking water is a great way to get your body stated and working for the day. Keeping hydrated can aid digestions too, and help your body process food better. Keeping hydrated also means avoiding headaches that come with dehydration, and kidney problems that can come with being dehydrated. If you are drinking alcohol, having water every now and again can ease the hangover as well, which is a win win all round.
If you have a real problem with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, or you think it could be more serious, then contact a professional. Speak to a doctor to see if you do have underlying health issue. If you are perfectly healthy, they could also give you advice about how best you can become healthier. There are alternative methods out there that also say that they can help out, for example, orlistat is a weight loss aid. There is no harm contacting a doctor though, if you suspect there are other underlying issues to your health.
Hopefully some of this advice has been useful in helping you to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Most of of this really isn’t rocket science, but it can difficult to know what to believe because there is so much information out there. Trying to incorporate healthy eating or regular exercise into your routine, doesn’t have to be a chore. Finding food you like to eat, and activities you want to do, is the best way to be healthier. Try some of these ideas out, and so the positive effects it can have on your life.