Monthly Archives: May 2016

Be Healthy, Be Happy..!

Happy

 

Rabbit food, daily exercise, early nights and no alcohol. Is that what you think of when you think of being healthy? The key to being healthy is moderation. Eating chocolate isn’t a crime, nor is having the odd drink. If you’re going out every night, drinking in excess and eating takeaways, then yes, your health will be affected, but the odd beverage and bit of junk food isn’t going to ruin your health.

Eating

Time is often a primary reason for people neglecting their health: no time to cook or exercise. Sometimes it can seem like junk food is more accessible than healthy food, however this isn’t the case at all. It’s just a case of educating yourself to discover healthy, easy snacks. Replace your crisps for a handful of unsalted nuts, with raisins to sweeten them if you wish. Grab a piece of fruit or easy to pick vegetable sticks. You can even buy carrot batons from the supermarket nowadays to keep it simple.

Instead of shop bought ready meals, why not prepare your own meals. It doesn’t need to take long: use tomatoes with a few herbs or cheese with flour. If it’s easier, cook in bulk and freeze your sauces and meats so that you have your ready meals still available.

Exercise

Exercising frequently doesn’t mean you need to be at the gym all day every day. Find something you enjoy and allow it to fit into your day: a walk to the local park, a yoga class, gardening or using the stairs instead of the lift; whatever you fancy. Fitness trackers are the latest craze and a great way to ensure you’re active enough on a day to day basis. Why not make it competitive with a friend with a tracker and it can add enjoyment to your life? Exercise also increases your energy levels and releases endorphins, both of which should allow you to feel happier, not miserable.

Hydration

Hydration is also key to staying healthy. Hydration doesn’t mean you need to avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, but why not try switching your hot drinks for decaffeinated options? If you love your caffeine fix too much for this to be an option, just be mindful that you still need to drink water too. Hydrating your body improves your immune system, energy levels as well as keeping your eyes and skin looking and feeling fresh. 6-8 glasses per day is the average ideal recommended amount.

Smoking

If you are a smoker, you probably know you are sacrificing your health. In this modern society, cigarettes have been replaced with e-cigarettes, making quitting easier than ever. Quitting may be tough, but think of all those rainy afternoons you can stay in, rather than finding a bit of shelter in the cold outside to have a cigarette. You’ll also soon be feeling less breathless (and smelling better) too.

Life is here to be enjoyed. Find the balance that’s right for you and enjoy your health. Live long and prosperously.

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Why Don’t I Have Willpower?

Diet starts tomorrow is a popular phrase, yet for many, tomorrow never comes. People have many plans and hopes, but when reality hits, they struggle to stick with the ready made plans and are left feeling disheartened and disappointed time and time again. So where are they going wrong and why don’t some people have any willpower?

One of the most important factors when making a plan, for example a diet plan, is to focus on why you’re doing it. Are you unhappy with the way you look and want to lose weight for a holiday or outing? Do you want to be more healthy or fitter? Perhaps you want to be a good role model for your children? There are many reasons why different people strive towards the same or similar goals. You need to find the reason for you to help keep you motivated and driven. If you feel you are making sacrifices and don’t really know why, it’s going to be harder to keep going. If you keep your mind focused on what you’re going to achieve and how good that’s going to make you feel, you’ll be excited about the destination.

A specific goal is important too. You need to break your journey down into bite sized chunks. If you say to yourself: ‘I need to lose 2 stone and tone up’ then you have no deadline, no small goals on the way and no plan as to how you are going to achieve this. It can seem daunting and unachievable. Perhaps focus on improving your diet and increasing your exercise gradually as a starting point. This action plan will lead to you losing weight and toning up. Perhaps aim to lose 7lbs within 3 weeks, for example, with a reward for your achievements to keep you going, such as a new item of clothing.

The journey also needs to be desirable. So you don’t like going to the gym, how about taking a dip in the swimming pool? You don’t want to go without pizza, how about a home made option instead of takeaway. You don’t need to deprive yourself, you just need to take control and drive yourself to where you want to be. You are the only person who can get you there. Being busy, tired and simply not bothered isn’t an excuse enough to jeopardise a happy and successful life.

Willpower is all about self control. Temptation is all around us. If we practice self control and teach ourselves to resist temptation then we will reap the benefits in every area of our lives. People with high levels of self control, typically, have higher exam results, higher self esteem, binge less and have better relationship skills. Willpower can be practised and taught. By using the above methods to keep your mind focused, you can and you will get to where you want to be. Once you see success with the use of willpower, you will find it easier to focus next time.