Enjoying a healthy lifestyle has amazing benefits for not only your body but to your mind and overall wellbeing too. When people think about healthy lifestyles you might automatically think it’s all about exercise and diet. Whilst that is important and is a solid platform to build upon, there’s so much more that promise to enhance and improve your lifestyle.
Good nutrition, daily exercise and adequate sleep are the foundations for continuing good health. Managing stress in positive ways and avoiding bad habits or coping crutches, such as smoking and drinking, reduces strain and wear and tear on your body. If you want to give yourself the best chance for a long, healthy and happy life put together a plan for a healthy lifestyle and stay true to it.
This healthy lifestyle guide looks to cover:
Healthy eating is no longer a fad or just a trend, it’s very much a lifestyle for millions of people. It’s advised that to ensure you’re enjoying a healthy diet you need to eat the correct amount of calories for how active you are and that you eat a wide range of foods which offer you a balanced diet and can offer your body all the nutrients it needs.
Government guidance is that men should be having around 2,500 calories a day and women around 2,000 calories a day. Unfortunately, most adults are eating more calories than they need and not exercising enough.
One in four people living in the UK is obese and 62% of the adult population is classed as overweight. These stats have more than tripled in the past 30 years and the nation’s waistline looks set to balloon further. We have the second highest obesity rates in the world, which is having a startling effect on mortality rates. Those who are overweight are three times more likely to develop colon cancer, five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and two and a half times more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, which can result in a stroke or cancer.
Adopting a health lifestyle and eating healthily really does provide you a greater chance of sustaining your health in the long term.
To lose weight you need to start a slow and steady weight loss programme; losing around two pound a week is ideal.
Drinking plenty of water (at least two litres a day), increasing your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables will impact and reduce on your daily calorie intake. Look to avoid unhealthy snacks between meals and foods that are loaded with sugar and fat. Wherever possible look to choose unprocessed, natural foods. Cutting down on your alcohol consumption can also make a significant difference in managing your weight.
It’s important to be patient when starting a new diet. Results won’t happen overnight but don’t give up. Look to maintain motivation and commitment and the results of your hard work will pay off.
Managing your weight doesn’t mean you have to go cold turkey on all your favourite foods. Instead enjoy them in moderation and think of them as a treat instead of a daily ‘must have’.
There is now a world of healthy recipes at your fingertips…. Simply search online for ideas, inspiration or how to make your favourite dish a little healthier. Here are some useful websites:
Although the UK’s waistline is expanding there is a growing group of people who are becoming more conscious and mindful of the products that they consume and the environmental impact their choices have.
Veganism is one of Britain's fastest growing lifestyle movements and according to the Mintel Global Food and Drink Trends 2017 report, there was a 257% increase in the number of vegan food and beverage launches in 2016, compared to 5 years ago, with consumers buying almost three times more plant-based products online than they did in January 2016.
It’s estimated that over 1.68 million people are either vegetarian or vegan. This plant-based movement is largely being driven by young people making more ethical and compassionate choices; 42% of vegans are in the 15-34 age category compared to just 14% who are over 65.
According to research, one in six of us will experience a mental health problem in any given week, with further research suggesting most Britons have experienced some type of mental health issue. Stress can be hard to ‘deal with’ as there’s no medical definition, with many health care professionals often disagreeing if stress is the cause or result of a problem.
Stress is linked to pressure. When we have too much to do, or too much to think about, tasks to complete or there’s a lack of control.
In today’s fast paced world, pressure is often a normal and sometimes unavoidable by-product. But there are ways that you can manage this pressure and stop is bubbling over and causing unwanted side effects.
Here are some quick and easy lifestyle habits that you can start right now.
Work-life balance can mean different things to different people but it’s fair to say that in today’s busy, crazy and hectic world, achieving this can often seem impossible. Technology makes employees contactable around the clock and this never-ending workday is damaging to your mental health and wellbeing, relationships and overall health and happiness.
If you find yourself chronically tired, agitated and always suffering from an ache or pain you might in fact be overworked and not striking a health work-life balance. The Mental Heath Foundation produced this article to look at the signs of an unhealthy work-life balance.
There are certainly proactive steps you can take to try and redress the balance between work and leisure. Aim to work smarter not longer. This does require you to be very efficient with your time. Allow yourself adequate breaks away from the task in hand. Walking away from your desk or your workstation for 15-30 minutes should help you return feeling refreshed. Look at creating some rules for your work-leisure life. For example, no technology between 6pm – 9pm or after 7pm. Or if you work at home, ensure this is restricted to one room and close the door on it when you’re finished.
We understand juggling work and your personal life can be difficult, but it is important to give yourself a break.
Most of us have a vice. Maybe it’s a sugar addiction, maybe you drink too much alcohol or even smoke. If you have a bad habit which you believe is affecting your health and wellbeing, it’s advisable to try and quit this. Admittedly it won’t be easy, but we have some advice which might help you along the way and lead to a more happy, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.
The Oxford dictionary defines sleep as “a condition of body and mind which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.”
Sleep is a fundamental human requirement and is as important as eating, drinking and breathing. It’s thought one in three of us suffer from insomnia or other sleep problems and therefore are not achieving the recommended seven or eight hours of sleep every night, which is vital in helping the mind and body recover.
Lack of sleep can have a substantial impact on your health, mood, weight and even sex life. Many mental health problems are often underpinned by a lack of sleep.
For many, making small lifestyle changes could help us get a better night’s sleep.
So, what can you do to ensure a restful and peaceful night.
Living a healthy lifestyle can reap amazing rewards and benefits but it’s great to the get the family involved too, especially when you do outdoor activities to get the whole family moving. Check out our blog about tips for how to get children interested in exercise, including various fitness classes such as swimming etc.
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