Being healthy can seem like an uphill climb, filled with pride and progress, until that one guild-ridden treat day where you feel like you’ve rolled right down to square one. Why does it seem so hard to develop those elusive ‘healthy habits’ that always escape us? It’s because we’re focusing far too much on the results. Instead, just change your mind set to looking after your body and wellbeing because you care for it, not because you want to look a certain way or be a particular weight. Here are five simple, easy habits to get your brain kick-started.
1. Enjoyable Exercise
One of the commandments of healthy living is regular exercise, exercise, exercise. You’ll be glad to know that this doesn’t mean that you have to go to the gym every day or exhaust yourself with freezing morning runs. Instead, pick an exercise that you like. It’s that simple. Feel free to try out plenty of peculiar things like hot yoga, Pilates, jive dancing or Zumba until you find one that fits you. Don’t forget this can also be any kind of sport that gets your heart-rate up and muscles working.
2. Enough Water
We’ve all heard that we must drink more water but how much is enough and why do people bang on about it? Although the recommended amount (by someone) is 8 glasses a day, you should aim to stay hydrated throughout the day and opt for a glass of the good stuff rather than caffeinated drinks or pop if you’re feeling thirsty. Our bodies are around 60 percent water so it’s important to keep it replenished for smooth and enhanced physical and mental functioning.
3. Diet Adjustments
As soon as an illness or ailment hits, many people turn to the doctor’s advice of popping pills and slathering creams. While this is all well and good and does treat the symptoms, many people aren’t aware of what the cause could be. There have been a huge number of cases where people have been treated for serious illnesses by changing their diet. Whether this is by cutting dairy and meat and becoming vegan or just going gluten free, it’s worth investigating what could help you lead a healthier life.
4. Take Time Out
Being healthy is really as easy as listening to your body and helping it thrive. If your body and mind is burnt out then take some time to rest. This could be as extravagant as a spa weekend or as simple as taking five deep breaths to calm and rejuvenate you. Apart from relaxation, spend time with loved ones and meet new people as the balance of reflection alone and social interaction is essential to a healthy lifestyle.
So there you have it! It’s not so hard to develop healthy habits and you probably naturally do some anyway. The key is to take baby steps and cultivate this way of thinking in small but significant actions every day.