Healthy Habits: 5 Ways To Live A Healthier Life

March 3, 2014 | Filed Under Health 

Living a healthy life is not always easy and getting into a new, healthy routine can take a lot of energy. However, you can alter your lifestyle with small changes to improve not only your health but also help you to feel better about yourself.

We found 5 simple ways to live a healthier life.

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1. Exercise more often

By now everyone knows that exercise is vital for living a healthy life. But in the busy world that we live in, hitting the gym isn’t always an option. In your daily routine, try to incorporate some form of exercise. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator, use the stairs and try to walk instead of catching a cab. In the office, try walk around instead of sitting down the whole time (this is also good for blood circulation and might help you think clearer!). Of course if you have the time you can join a gym, fitness class or sports team but aim to participate regularly. Joining fitness activities will not only keep you in shape, it will also keep you social.

2. Eat more good things

Fresh fruit and vegetables are always essential for a healthy body. Try incorporating your greens into your diet everyday—even if you blend them into a juice or smoothie and have them on the go. Likewsie, remember to drink a lot of water and avoid drinking too much alcohol and caffeine. It is important to have a lot of protein in your diet so if you are a vegetarian, ensure that you eat plenty of high protein foods or even consider a protein supplement. Eating healthily will not only help you stay in shape, it will also keep your hair, nails, bones and teeth healthy. If you your diet is balanced, you will have more energy and less cravings.

3. Supplement where necessary

It is difficult to always get the right nutrition, the necessary vitamins and essential minerals so you might want to look into high quality supplements. The most important ones to think about are daily multi-vitamins and then perhaps other basic supplements such as calcium, fish oil or iron boosters. Luckily supplements are quite affordable these days and very easy to get hold of. Remember to shop around and look for good quality products. Your GP or local pharmacist should be able to advise you on the best products for you.

4. Quit bad habits

Old habits die hard, but it might be in your best interest to give up some of your dirty pleasures. If you are a smoker, try quitting or at least reducing the number of cigarettes that you smoke. Also think about switching over to a healthier nicotine fix like electric cigarettes. If your guilty-pleasure is eating fast food, try to reduce the amount that you consume or choose healthier options. Not only will you be healthier by ditching junk food, you might also save money! Binge drinking is also harmful to your body so try to moderate your alcohol consumption.

5. Relax

Being stressed is a big contributing factor to an unhealthy body. It is always easier said than done, but reducing stress in your life will make you a healthier and happier person. Take time to consider what things in your life causes you to stress and try to reduce it. Effective time management could help ease stress levels and make you fell more in control of your life. It might be in your best interest to take a few minutes every day to meditate or set aside the necessary you-time. Furthermore, listening to calming music, watching your favourite television show or spending time with friends could reduce stress.

Whitney Green is a sales consultant and fashion-lover from London. Whitney learnt how to lower cholesterol and has sacrificed some of her guilty pleasures. She now regularly does yoga and makes homemade green smoothies.

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