January 14, 2019

I feel like today society is literally obsessed with being healthy. Avoiding gluten, detox teas, miracle smoothies and protein shakes... the list goes on. It can all be a little over-whelming and if you want to make changes to be healthier its hard to know where to start.
To be healthy, you don't have to drink green juice every day and go to the gym for hours at a time. There are small changes you can make that will make you start to feel better, healthier and fitter.

1. Do you have sugar in your tea/coffee? If you do, then don't stop drinking hot drinks but think -  if you're having multiple cups a day, your sugar intake can soar. You should aim to consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, but if you have a coffee and a couple of cups of tea each with a sugar thats already half your daily sugar intake gone! Try slowly reducing how much sugar you have, or use a sweetener instead to reduce your overall intake. You'll feel better for it!

2. Drink ALL the water. If in doubt, drink a glass of water. Our bodies are around 60% water, so you need to stay hydrated. Try and reduce the amount of sugary soft drinks you consume, and keep with water and flavour it with some fruit instead!

3. If you spend a lot of your day sitting down, make sure you get up and move at least once an hour. Make an effort to take the stairs and not the lift, and maybe don't park literally metres away from the shop entrance so you have to walk a little... Its so important to keep your body moving so little changes like this can help you overall.

4. This one is for your mind. Take some time away from the screen! I spend all day at work with my eyes on my Macbook, and then when I'm not at work I spend time on instagram etc comparing my life to others and it makes me feel like my life is so dull. Remember that people only share the best moments in life on instagram and that everyone has ups and downs. Take some time away from screens be that Netflix, work or social media and take in the real world around you.

5. Stop mindless snacking. I don't know if its just me, but when I am bored, I open the fridge and stare into it; hoping there will be something I fancy to eat to occupy myself for a few minutes when I'm not even actually hungry! I am making a conscious effort not to and to eat more mindfully generally at the moment. Eating snacks all the time will obviously make your calorie intake increase so even if you're eating balanced meals you're adding calories you don't need! 

6. Take care of your skin. Make sure you're doing the right skincare routine for you. You don't have to spend a fortune on fancy skincare products, but just ensure you are cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin daily, and stick to it. I used to be terrible and fall asleep in make up etc but now I have a strict routine my skin is better, softer and I feel better for it! 

7. Make time for fitness. I know this is 2019 and we are all super busy with super busy schedules (and at least an hour a day of scrolling through instagram), but try to make time to get some exercise in. You don't have to go to the gym for hours but even just a short 10 minute workout in your bedroom, or before you have a shower quickly work up a bit of a sweat; your body will thank you for it. Time is precious, I know- but you will feel better after exercising even for a short while, looking at other peoples lives on social media won't help to improve yours - priorities people! 

8. My last point is on sleep, which everyone should get more of. Not getting enough sleep will make you tired (obviously), irritable but also can effect your physical health. Lack of sleep can potentially make you gain weight and put you at higher risk of heart disease. There are SO many benefits to getting enough sleep; your mood, better athletic performance, better concentration, improved immune function... It is literally the most simple thing you can do to improve your health. Plus, sleep is great. 

There you have it, 8 small changes you can make to improve your lifestyle for the better! I'd love to know your thoughts on this, and whether you have any tips to improve overall health? 
These are pretty straightforward, you don't need to drink a miracle tea, take supplements or train morning and night. Just small lifestyle changes really can help your overall health! 

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