The Healthful Eight

The Healthful Eight


We know by now that we need to eat the right foods, need to work out, and do stuff that is healthy for us. Because maintaining good health does not happen by accident, it requires work and smart lifestyle choices. But sometimes when we wake up at 6 am to hit the gym before work or shunning the donuts in breakfast, it’s easy to lose sight of for what are we doing all these. So here are some top articles choices that can keep you motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep diseases at bay.

The Healthful Eight

Self-care doesn’t have to mean slogging it out in the gym

Looking after your health doesn’t mean green smoothies, grueling gym sessions and self-denial of the treats you love. Start by making small changes and in no time at all you’ll begin to notice the benefits. And remember, health doesn’t just mean looking after your body – your mind is equally as important. Once you implement some small changes, it makes it easier for you to maintain good habits. Here’s eight easy steps to boost your health, NOW., The Healthful Eight

  1. Breathe

It seems almost ludicrously simple but taking a few moments out of every day to just breathe can have positive effects on your health, helping to reduce stress and anxiety which in turn can help to lower blood pressure. Find a quiet corner, sit down with your back straight. First, breathe slowly, deeply and evenly. Next, progress to breathing in for a seven count, hold for two seconds then breathe out for an 11 count. Do this three times and you’ll instantly feel calmer.

  1. Walk (preferably outdoors)

You don’t need to be donning Lycra and attempting a 10K run when you’re trying to build good habits. Start slowly. The health benefits of walking are well noted. Not only will it help to keep your heart healthy but it can ward off obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and keep your mental health in tip-top shape too. Walking outdoors, in particular, can help calm the mind and get you a blast of vitamin D too.

  1. Don’t shop hungry

This is the piece of advice that you hear so often, but that’s because it works so well. Shop hungry and your crafty cravings are more likely to have you filling the trolley with all sorts of goodies that you’ll later regret having in the house. If you have to shop before you’ve eaten, be strict, make a list and stick to it. Or why not try online ordering just after breakfast? Everything can either be delivered or ready for collection. You are less likely to click on the bad stuff than pick it up on a whim, especially if you can see your bill totting up.

  1. Befriend vegetables

So, they might not be your favourite things in the world but humble vegetables are great for topping up the nutrients your body needs to keep functioning. A good rule of thumb is that at least half your plate should be taken up by vegetables. Try to add an extra portion, at least for one meal a day at the beginning. Or why not try to introduce vegetables as a snack at least twice a week? Crudités with some hummus will keep you full and help you stay away from the sweet stuff.

  1. Cut down on sugar

In the past few years scientists have begun to realise that far from fats being the monsters we thought they were, there’s something much more sinister out there: sugar. It’s hidden in everything from pizza topping to sauces in jars. You’ll need baby steps to succeed at this, as sugar is known as one of the most addictive substances there is. First, try taking the sugar out of tea. Or learn one sauce recipe, like a classic tomato, that you can make sugar-free. Then, continue to remove it where possible, step by step.

  1. Have sex (yes really)

When you think about it, of course a bit of jiggy jiggy can improve your health. It increases your heart rate in a similar way to vigorous exercise and has the same benefits. Plus it’s a lot more fun. It’s been proven to be a natural mood booster too, so grab your partner and get going.

  1. Stay hydrated

Ensuring that you’ve drunk enough water on a daily basis is essential for all bodily functions to run smoothly. When your body is hydrated your mind will work better too, and you’ll feel mentally sharper. The ideal amount is eight glasses of water a day. But remember, things like herbal teas will also count towards your daily intake. The next time you’re taking a break for a cuppa, why not try peppermint, chamomile or ginger tea instead of your regular brew., The Healthful Eight

  1. Take the stairs

The recommended daily amount of steps for an adult is 10,000. Invest in a pedometer or download an app that allows to you to log your steps on a daily basis. A great way to up the amount you take is to ditch the lift in your apartment or workplace and take the stairs. It might be a challenge at first so try to build it up a bit at a time. Attempt one floor in your first week, then try two and so on until you’re climbing with ease., The Healthful Eight

 

Try these eight ways to improve your health and well being, and you will start to feel noticeably better in no time at all.

 

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