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.
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.
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 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.
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.