There are so many health tips out there that it can be hard to know where to start.
Get yourself in shape
Want a healthier body, mind, and life? Get on a health kick. You don't have to spend hours exercising to start seeing results. Try to increase your physical activity throughout the day – walk to work, carry shopping, or get out on your bike. Just 10 minutes of activity can do you more good than 20 hours of sitting down. More good news? There are some things you can do to make your workout more effective. Get more sleep, eat more fibre, eat more fruit and veg and drink less alcohol. Train for a longer run Whether you want to run a marathon or a little race, getting yourself into good running shape is great for your body and mind. If you don't do it for more than a few weeks, you may find you need to take a few weeks off, but if you train consistently it will soon feel easier.
Drink more water and less alcohol
The hot weather is making the lack of rain worse, so drink plenty of water and consume fewer alcoholic beverages. Try to be less conservative with the amount of water you drink (even two litres a day is not enough). Reduce the amount of wine and cocktails and you will definitely notice a difference in how well you sleep and feel during the day. Incorporate movement into your daily routine Find the time in your day to do a 10-minute walk and to do some stretching or yoga. It is important to get into an exercise routine and push yourself. Even if you only manage to do a 5-minute exercise routine in your time at work, that will be better than sitting on the couch and thinking you are doing something.
Make smarter choices when eating
Choose nutrient-dense food and drink. Avoid processed food, trans fats and alcohol. Processed food is cheap, calorie-dense and convenient but usually filled with ingredients you don’t want or need in your diet. Instead, choose fruit, vegetables, fish and wholegrains. Stay active If you want to be as healthy as possible, make it a priority. Try and walk as much as you can. Get up and move about every 30-60 minutes. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week. For those who enjoy a few cocktails and go out for a few drinks, they will help your blood alcohol level stay in check. To improve your chances of staying sharp through the night, drink a glass of water before your drink and avoid drinking alcohol between 11 pm and 6 am.
Get the right amount of sleep
Before you look for the magic sleep pill, start by making sure you have at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Sleep is so important. It's important to think about what's keeping you awake and find out why you're not sleeping well. Often it's down to your lifestyle, so if you're working long hours or commuting, you might need to adjust those things. Learn to take better care of yourself Take more care of yourself. Go for walks instead of driving. Take some time to care for yourself - make more time for exercise, read, eat healthy food, take a bath. Have a healthier diet Eat more fruit and veg. Portion control is so important when it comes to healthy eating, so learn to use smaller plates and eat more slowly
Finally, find a happy place
Ruth Conniff is the features editor of the health magazine Prevention and the author of seven books, including the classic cookbook 101 Healthy Foods You Should Never Buy. Part of her job is to pull together all the wonderful benefits of a good night's sleep. Sleep is really important, of course. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only 50% of American adults get enough. Some are able to achieve better results than others. You need to be in bed when your body says it's time to be there. If you're not ready for sleep, don't force yourself. And if you're not in bed yet, get there! A total of 25% to 30% of us sleep less than seven hours a night. That's up to eight million people a day.
The odds are against you and you can never be 100% sure that you are doing the right things to keep you and your loved ones healthy. It is only through trial and error that you will be able to develop habits that will keep you on the right track. So even if you think that you are doing everything right, make sure that you are also trying new things as well. Remember that if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need to put a little extra effort into it each and every day. What you do today will affect your health tomorrow.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.