Who doesn’t want to be healthier? Read on for the top ten ways how...
Drink more water
Our bodies are made up of a whopping 60% water. If we get dehydrated, our bodies cannot function the way that they need too. When we are dehydrated, we can suffer headaches, low moods, aches and pains and much more.
On the flip side, when we keep our levels maintained and topped up, the benefits are many. You will be able to think more clearly and have quicker and more punctual reflexes.
Drinking water can also help you lose weight and flush out any nastiness inside your body.
That being said, it can be tough drinking as much water as is recommended. Our days are busy; getting water from a tap or a vending machine takes time. And so does needing to use the toilet more often! Buzzfeed did a fantastic article on 13 Easy Way To Drink More Water. You can find it at www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/how-to-drink-more-water.
Exercise is often credited with improving things like your heart rate and mental state. But did you know it can also make you age far slower? We’re not just talking about your skin; things like eyesight can be improved too. It also helps you lose and control your weight. Luckily, exercise is something that is beneficial even if done in small quantities. So, you don’t have to become a gym bunny and train ten times a week to see the difference.
In fact, just 10 minutes a day makes a difference. Mix cardio with strength training. So, cardio is things like running and swimming. Strength training is lifting weights, for example. The great thing about exercise is that you don’t have to do it alone. Stay at home with your family and learn via a DVD or YouTube video. www.youtube.com/user/BeFit is a great place to start. Head to the local gym and be motivated by others around you. Or, join a fitness class in your local area. Even just running around the park with the kids on the weekend counts.
Turn off the computer
Human beings were not made to be hunched over computers all day. Cavemen and women never did it, and neither do our close relatives in the ape world! That’s not to say using computers is necessarily dangerous. But some of the side effects can be very negative. Typing consistently can give you RSI. See www.repetitivestraininjury.org.uk/ to find out more about this.
Looking at a bright screen all day can damage your eyes. This can also give you headaches and migraines. Further down the body, sitting at desks can mean we hunch up our shoulders and neck. This can affect our posture. Whatever your job or lifestyle, you should also be taking regular breaks. Get away from what you’re doing and clear your mind.
Reduce caffeine intake
Caffeine is okay in small quantities, and for those of us with busy and hectic lifestyles, it can seem like a necessity! For improved health, you don’t necessarily have to cut it out altogether. Headaches and indigestion raised blood pressure are some of the negative effects it has on your body. As for the energy levels it raises, this is only beneficial until bedtime.
At this point, it can give you insomnia. It can also make you age faster; inhibiting collagen production in the skin is just one of the negative side effects it can have on your appearances. Not to mention the fact that it can stain your teeth and ruin your smile. Instead of beginning the day with an espresso or a cappuccino, try this. Mix a teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of half a lemon into boiling water.
Or, try Matcha Green Tea. You can find it at www.amazon.ca/Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-Antioxidant/dp/B00DDT116M. This will not only be a great replacement for the need for a hot drink to start the day, but it is also far better for your body. You can have your coffee later in the day, but try and stick to just one each day. You can have up to 4 cups of coffee each day, but any less is even better for your health, of course. Take a break at weekends or when you’re off work if you can.
Cut down on alcohol
It can cause pretty much everything, from a bad hangover to chronic illnesses. It has also been linked to birth defects and cancer. We’re talking about alcohol, obviously. And of course, if you drink too much and too regularly, you’re at risk of alcoholism, and all the things that go with this.
So that’s the bad that it’s doing. Does it do any good? Well, aside from liquid confidence, not really. Even though you’re putting the liquid into your body, it doesn’t have a single beneficial nutrient. As with caffeine, you don’t have to cut it out completely to feel the benefits. Whether you’re male or female, you shouldn’t exceed 14 units per way. This breaks down to 2 units a day. To give you an idea of how much that is, 1.6 units is a small glass of wine. This unit counter- www.drinkaware.co.uk/understand-your-drinking/unit-calculator- can help you keep track.
Stress can be a good thing. It can motivate us, and keep us moving. It can let us know when something is wrong, and it can be a coping mechanism.