4 Seriously Achievable Ways to Be Healthier July 29, 2016

by Trisha Learn

easy ways to be healthy

  1. Hydrate

It sounds stupidly simple. We all know we should drink more water, but it’s actually remembering to do it that’s the hard part.

Tricks:

  • Carry a litre water bottle with you everywhere. When you’re on the bus, or watching tele… grab it and have a drink. People might start referring to you as “the mad bottle woman/man” but… you’ll be living the hydration dream. So, who really has the last laugh?
  • Having a glass of juice? A lot of juices are seriously high in sugar, so if you have half juice half ice cold water, you’ll be more hydrated and still enjoy the sweetness

easy ways to be healthy

2.  Have a Laugh

Being serious all the time, isn’t ideal.

Did you know that stress can actually decrease how effectively your body absorbs nutrients? Smiling and laughter is beneficial to your health and can help to reduce stress levels. Studies have shown that “there are both physiological and psychological benefits from maintaining positive facial expressions during stress”. So, if you’ve got something to laugh about – you know what to do.

 

easy ways to be healthy

3. Sleep well, not necessarily more

People talk about getting more sleep but not to hark on about it – but we all know quantity has nothing on quality. The journal of psychosomatic research states that quality of sleep is more important than quality when it comes to feeling well rested.

But HOW?

  • Start by cutting down (or out) alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine. Although people say alcohol is a relaxant – it may help you fall asleep but it will have an adverse effect on your sleep cycle and the quality of your sleep. Cigarettes and caffeine also have a negative effect on the quality of sleep!
  • The hour before bed should be gadget free. Watching a movie with your loved ones is one thing, but having your laptop in your bedroom and scrolling around social media channels or news websites just before bed isn’t going to help you unwind. Try and shut down your laptop and phone and hour before bed and just have a chillax, a chat or read a book.

easy ways to be healthy

4. Move

Between work, meeting friends, family or having kids, so many of us barely have time to think let alone go to the gym or play sports. So, here are some ideas on how to add movement into your daily routine you could get a bike, or walk more. If you don’t have time to walk to the station instead of driving (or it’s too far) and you don’t want to cycle, why not go on a nice walk once a week whether it’s after work, in your lunch break or at the weekend.

  • Get a bike
  • a 5 minute drive is only  a 15 minute walk…
  • Do squats while you’re brushing your teeth
  • Go for a walk at the weekend
  • Do ten pushups a day
  • Do 15 minutes of yoga – keep your eyes peeled. We’ll have Abi Carver’s 15 minute routine on here soon for you!

The most important thing is to move and be more active.

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