The thought of changing your lifestyle can be daunting. There may be many things you think you need to alter at once, but in reality it doesn’t have to be that way. Reaching a healthy weight doesn’t mean crash dieting, cutting out all your favourite foods and going to the gym. There are many simple adjustments you can make to your lifestyle that will help you to maintain a healthier way of living longer term.
Do you find that when you’re bored you reach for the snacks to pass the time? A lot of people do! The best way to stop your temptations is to keep yourself busy. If you are distracted, whether that’s popping to the shops, going for walk or even reading a book, it means that your mind isn’t focused on food.
Be active wherever you can
It can be as easy as getting off at an earlier bus stop, taking the stairs and walking to the shops instead of driving. You can also make exercise fun and social, so that way you are more inclined to do it. How about instead of inviting a friend round for a chat, make a habit of going for a social walk instead once a week? Throughout the week your minutes of activity will begin to add up and once you start to make your general lifestyle more active it will become habit.
Get some sleep
Many factors in our life impact how many hours of sleep we get. However, sleep is very important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, at night your body rejuvenates itself to repair and grow. Also you will find that if you aren’t getting a sufficient amount of rest you will be craving the sugary snacks the next day to keep your energy levels going, so try your best to get some extra pillow time.
Water is extremely beneficial for many reasons. The problem is that many people often don’t feel thirsty or in fact don’t like the taste of water. But if you can start adding one or two extra glass of water a day slowly into your diet it will eventually become a part of your routine and will help you with maintaining a healthy weight. If you really can’t get on with the taste, fill a jug of water and add some of your favourite fruits to infuse overnight. That way the water will taste good and will have the additional vitamins and nutrients from the added fruit.
Starting small and taking your time is key. There are simple things that you can start doing that can evolve your lifestyle completely. It’s about creating a plan that suits you. Try and incorporate simple changes that can turn your health around for the better.
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