Here are my top 5 things to do for better health. They’re not complicacted or expensive. Just try to build them into your daily life.
You know, when I first started this blog, I had an idea that I’d put up new monthly weight loss challenges to inspire people. The reality was that I kept coming back to the same things.
Today’s post is the backbone of what I focus on to consistently improve my health. I’m not 100% with any of this. Some days are better than others but these are the key things I do to improve my health and continue to steadily lose weight. None of its rocket science. It’s just a case of trying to do it consistently over time.
Drink more water
Seriously, if you’re just going to choose one of these things, start here. I recommend starting the day with a big glass of water and then making sure you drink plenty throughout the day. I try to have at least 4 big glasses of water a day.
1 when I get up – 1 throughout the morning – one throughout the afternoon and one in the evening.
I also have other drinks on top of this such as Pepsi Max (it’s my favourite) or tea. I just aim for the bulk of my liquids to be water.
Get more sleep
I know that I need around 7 – 8 hours sleep most night. Or at least I need to be going to sleep (eyes closed) 7 -8 hours before I need to wake up. If I get tired, I start snacking on everything available and let’s face it, even the healthy stuff isn’t that great for you when you have a 3-hour eating session just because you’re tired and really just need to sleep.
Get more active
I love running by business from and I love the work I do. I could happily get up, switch on the laptop and tot up around 500 steps through the course of the day (toilet and food breaks). In fact, that’s exactly what helped me to push my weight over 13 stone. It’s not good for the waistline and it’s definitely not good for your health.
Find ways to get active every day. I’m not a big fan of the gym or organized fitness classes. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re great but I personally don’t like them for me and I know I’m not alone on this one. Instead, I walk my dog at least once a day. I actually prefer to do a few shorter walks, I make sure I’m getting up every hour or so to do something active. I do YouTube workout – I’m a big fan of Lucy Wyndham Reads channel for quick, easy to fit into my life workouts and motivation. And I do things like mini exercise blasts and dancing around the house. Anything that gets me a little more active on a day to day basis.
Improve your mindset more
Mindset is massive when it comes to making any positive changes in your life. On top of this, if you’re anything like I used to be, you can say some pretty rubbish things to yourself that really don’t help.
Here’s a post that will help you create a positive mindset
Eat less processed food
I’m not an expert on this by any stretch of the imagination but I think the general advice from most health experts is along the lines of cut out the processed foods. I still have some favourites in the cupboard but my advice to you is to aim for at least 80% fresh food. Try cutting out a little more processed food each week and finding a healthier, more natural alternative. For example. I had a big chocolate wafer addiction. I’d happily munch away at 3 or 4 in the afternoon (yes, really and that was on a good day). I swapped this for preparing a nice fresh fruit treat. When I’m feeling particularly organized (today is not one of those days so far) I’ll make up small pots of fruit. I’ll divide the following into 3 or 4 small pots and pop them in the fridge for snack time. 1 kiwi, a few strawberries sliced, mixed grapes and top them off with 2 or 3 chunks of frozen pineapple. The juices from the pineapple melt over the rest of the fruit. Take out of the fridge about an hour before eating.
For meals, I try to stick to fresh meat, poultry, eggs, fish. I’m not a big fan of fish. I’m not keen on the taste and definitely don’t like bones in the fish. I’d like to eat more, so any suggestions greatly appreciated. A big portion of my plate is usually veggies and a bit of rice or potatoes.
Again, this doesn’t happen for every meal, but this is what I aim for at least 80% of the time.
So, there we go. These are the 5 things I recommend for better health. I did say it’s not rocket science. And I’m not suggesting you go full out on all of these things today. Just try to move toward this and do it consistently over time.