In the 21st Century, we are constantly barraged with the perfect healthy lifestyle. Magazines are full of articles that tell us how to live our lives in a way that is healthier in terms of the food we eat, our forms of exercise and our general day to day lifestyle. And whilst it is true that some of these articles grate on our nerves, and while we may want to tell some of the experts to pipe down and enjoy a cake, it is a true fact that it has never been easier to make our lives, and ourselves, healthier.
Here are a few ways that we can achieve a better life/body balance each and every day.
Drink more water
And by this I don’t mean the expensive bottled variety. The water we get in our taps in the UK is the best possible source of hydration. Although experts still argue about the 2 litres of water a day guideline, it has to be said that personally, when I drink plenty of water, I feel fresher, healthier and have a lot more energy. In summer hydration is so important, so I fill a plastic bottle and always keep water in my bag, especially on car and train journeys. Water is good for the skin, great if you are dieting as it fills the stomach up which stops unnecessary snacking, and helps your waterworks to function properly. All this running straight from your kitchen tap.
Switch from Ciggies to e-cigs
If you are still a smoker, and that number does seem to be falling rapidly, then it really is about time you switched to an e-cig. Cheaper, and with current opinion saying that these are a healthier option, e-cigs can also be the first step on the way to quitting smoking completely. E-Cigs have no ash and no bad smells, and they are fast building up a following amongst previously committed celebrity smokers including Leonardo Di Caprio, Katie Perry, and probably the most famous celebrity smoker of them all, Kate Moss.
Many people who have made the switch from regular cigarettes to e-cigs have noticed that their skin condition has improved within weeks of making the switch – yet another good reason to make the change. (You can read the Public Health England advice here.)
It is so easy to get into the car to run every little errand, but do you really need to? We make so many journeys by car that would actually provide us with a really simple, yet effective form of exercise. I have lost weight in recent years, enough to go down two dress sizes, and I have to put a lot of this down to walking each day doing the school run. It is exercise I do without even thinking about it, and has been more effective than any gym membership I have ever used.
Walking can be fun, it can be companionable when done with a friend or loved one, and it can allow you to really enjoy your natural environment. Plus, by leaving that car at home, you are also helping the environment too.
What are your simple tips for a healthier lifestyle?