Looking for ways to try and get healthier?
For me it’s all about having a balanced lifestyle. This post is here to offer you ideas of how to eat and be healthier based on my own experiences. I’m not an expert in health and fitness, but I have introduced small changes into my lifestyle that have helped me get healthier and fitter so I thought I’d share them with you.
You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, well it’s true, and it’s one of the best meals to kick start your healthy day. There’s more options than just milk and cereal. For me I love to have yogurt and granola with chia seeds. Occasionally I’ll add blueberries or a banana, depending what I have in the house. But some other great alternatives are a bowl of mixed fruits, porridge, a smoothie, or perhaps a protein shake. Why not mix it up to give yourself variety.
Try and prepare your own lunches when you can, this way you know exactly what you’re eating. Of course there are times when you can’t do this, so just remember it’s all about balance. Maybe you like to have one treat day per week, or 5:2 — 5 days of eating healthy and 2 days where you allow yourself to have eat whatever you like. It’s all about learning what works for you and your body.
Switch up your meals. Do you love spaghetti but want to cut down on the amount of carbs you eat? Why not try courgetti or boodles (that’s butternut squash noodles for those of you that don’t know the hilarious veggie lingo). It’s not pasta, but it works very well. I love courgetti with basil pesto, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and pierogies. It’s an easier way to add more veggies into your meal without really thinking about it.
Remember when your parents nagged you to eat all of your fruit and veg, well I’m here to do it again, sorry. It used to be ‘eat your 5 a day’, but more recent articles are claiming we should be eating 7 to 10 portions per day. I honestly have no idea if this is true, but it’s safe to say that we should be eating plenty of them for nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
You’ve heard it a hundred and one times: drink plenty of water. Technically we should all be drinking about 8 glasses of water a day, which is about 2 litres, but sometimes that can seem very daunting. If you need help with drinking enough water why don’t you try a water bottle with times written on the side so you know how much you need to drink and by what time. One of the most popular bottles is by HydrateM8 (here), or a cheaper alternative is you write it on yourself. This way you can see how much you are drinking and help you keep on top of it.
If you don’t like plain old water, why not try adding lemon slices, or infuse your water with fruit to give it some flavour.
Take some time out. Stress is a massive issue in our busy lives, it can disrupt your sleep, make you anxious, and even make you ill. By taking time out, whether that’s going on holiday, reading a book, chilling out with a Netflix series, having a bubble bath, or whatever else you like to do to relax, you need this to keep you stress free and sane. So put your phone away, turn off your laptop, take a breath and chill.
We all live busy lives and perhaps we don’t exercise as much as we would like – if at all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make time. Why not take a walk at lunch or after dinner, or if it’s possible wake up a little earlier and do 10 – 20 minutes of a workout in the morning – I find YouTube videos to be very helpful. If you need somewhere to start check out Carly Rowena’s YouTube channel (here), or her Instagram videos – I love these when I’m at the gym and don’t know what to do.
If you have the time or work form home check out your local gym, or if you would prefer classes book yourself in, or if you’re more of a yoga bunny look for your nearest studio. Whatever you prefer try and fit it in with your lifestyle, and do it for at least half an hour to an hour three times per week, or 10-20 minutes most mornings / evenings.
You shouldn’t feel pressured into becoming a ‘gym bunny’, you have to find out the right balance for your lifestyle, but that means trial and error. The key thing is to try things and see what works.
Do you have any tips on how to make healthier changes or how you try and stay healthy?
**All photos are from Kaboompics.