Monday 14 January 2019


At the start of every New Year, people promise them all sorts of things but one of the most common is to change their lifestyle so they become fitter. Often, the changes are too great and they fail miserably. This need not be the case though if you make some small changes to start with.

Start With Water
Start each day with a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice in it and then drink as much as you can throughout the day. Replacing fizzy drinks with water will help to keep your body more hydrated and will lower the amount of sugar and chemicals you consume.

Cut Back On Salt And Sugar
Most foods already have salt and sugar in them naturally; you do not need to add any more. The natural sugars and salts will not do you any harm. It is the processed ones that are bad for you. Processed foods have a lot of these added to them, as well as chemicals to make them last longer. Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods as much as you can. Most people eat them for convenience, but you can prepare some meals yourself and freeze them. At least then you will know exactly what is in them and avoid all the nasty’s manufacturers of processed foods add.

Make Snacks Healthy
Instead of picking up some biscuits or a cake if you feel a bit peckish, grab a piece of fruit or some nuts instead. They are much healthier for you and will stave off hunger pains for much longer than an unhealthy snack. *This is a partnership post.

Try To Eat Fish
Try to include fish in your diet at least twice a week, especially the oily ones. These will provide you with the natural fats that your body needs and is also good for your mental health. If you’re veggie, a good omega-3 supplement will be just as good.

You Time
Your mental well bring is just as important as being physically fit. We all have times where we feel a bit low and sometimes a little’ you time’ will put that right. Get away from the hustle and bustle of your busy life and find somewhere quiet to read a book or watch a film. Or you could pamper yourself with a nice long soak in a bath full of bubbles, and then slip on one of the spa quality robes from Richard Haworth to feel really spoilt. Get some comfy slippers too and maybe a heated throw and you’ll be in heaven for at least a little while!

It could be that chatting with some friends or family will lift your spirits, especially if that person is someone who makes you laugh. Listening to music is also good for getting into a better mood. If ever you do feel totally stressed out and overwhelmed, just take a fit deep breaths and calm yourself down. The extra air you take in has a calming effect that will give you time to think more clearly about what is making you feel so low.

Get Enough Sleep
Your body and your mind will suffer if you do not get enough sleep. A healthy adult needs 7-8 hours a night and this is a routine you should get into as soon as possible. It is while you are asleep that your body repairs itself and your brain processes everything that has happened that day. A lack of it will make you sluggish and bad tempered and your skin will look dull and tired, especially around your eyes. When your body and mind have dealt with the events of the day gone, 7 hours gives them enough time to prepare for the day ahead.

This is one of the easiest things to change about your life. Simple things like taking the stairs instead of the lift will help a great deal, or not parking too close to the supermarket doors. If you can manage to find half an hour three times a week for a brisk walk that is even better. The exercise and fresh air will help to tone your muscles as well as release endorphins into your body, which send you brain feel-good messages. This is a sponsored post.

It’s All In The Mind
Living a healthier lifestyle and being successful with these changes is all down to the mindset you have. Do not keep telling yourself you cannot do this or that. You can with just a little effort, and if it helps, change one thing at a time. If you succeed in making one of the healthier changes, it will motivate you to alter something else. Over just a few months you could be living in a healthier way than you ever have done before.


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