Being a healthier version of ourselves is what we’re all on the lookout for. Consistency is key—we’ve all been in the same boat, training for the Iron Man one day and back to takeout food the next. So start small with simple changes to your daily life. That’s where the results are going to come from. Here are a few tips to get you on track to a healthier and happier you.
Pay Attention To What You Eat
Throw crazy diets out the window, and go for a lifestyle change instead. Fill your plate with delicious fresh food where variety is key—include big heapings of vegetables & fruit, meat, fish, nuts & seeds and quality dairy. Make it a fun experience by trying different coloured foods and treating yourself to a day out at your local farmer’s market. As an added bonus, eating a healthy sized-portion of protein will help you resist the dreaded afternoon crash by keeping you fuller for longer.
Finding it hard to shift the extra weight? It could be inflammation rather than fat. New research reveals eating a low-inflammatory diet will improve your overall health and weight. Cut out all the nasties like sugary drinks, high fructose corn syrup, overly-processed foods and prioritise self-care (stress is a big factor!).
Be Smart With Your Vices
Keep your after-dinner glass of wine or a cold beer after a long week—just be smarter about it. You can switch the alcohol percentage to a lower one. Your body will thank you, especially when you’re rearing to go the next day with no hangover in sight. There’s no compromise on taste, and you’ll still be able to unwind and go out with friends.
If you’re a cigarette smoker, you know it’s time to give it up. Think of all the money you’ll save and the enormous health benefits. By quitting, you can lengthen your life expectancy, decrease your risk of cancer, and it’s the single best thing you can do for your heart. While kicking the cigarette habit once and for all may be challenging, think about switching to vaping as a better alternative. According to a study by the University of Dundee, choosing vaping over smoking can reduce your chance of heart attack and stroke. Find a large selection of vape kits and e-liquids at Vape Store, one of Australia’s leading suppliers.
Move Your Body
It’s what our bodies are designed for and the best way to maintain your physical and mental health. There’s plenty of evidence that regular exercise keeps chronic illnesses at bay and leads to a longer life. Don’t worry. That doesn’t mean you need to be at the gym from morning to night. A long walk three times a week is enough to give your body and mind a positive boost.
Take advantage of the picture-perfect weather in the Gold Coast, and get outside. Everything seems better in the sunshine—it’s an instant mood booster. Giving yourself sufficient time in the sun (in a safe way) helps your body maintain its Vitamin D levels and rebalances your circadian rhythm for better sleep.
Breaking bad habits is tough, but sticking to these small changes in your day-to-day will make it possible. Good luck!