Getting fit and living a healthier life features on many people’s lists of resolutions. Any day is a good day to start living well, but a new year is great as it can give you the motivation you need to make a change. It gives you chance to reflect, and look at where you are and where you want to be. You don’t need to make vows to change your life (unless you want to!) actually small changes can make a huge difference. Plus, smaller things are easier to stick with and are more likely to develop into healthy routines rather than falling by the wayside. Here are some of the small changes you can make to feel healthier in 2017.
Make Healthy Food and Drink Swaps
Pasta, rice, bread- any time you’re eating a grain choose a wholemeal variety. It doesn’t spike your blood sugar in the same way leading to food cravings, and provides your body with more nutrients and fibre. Whole grains reduce cholesterol and heart disease, and are good for your body. It’s a simple switch, and after a while you’ll adjust to the difference in taste. You might even begin to prefer wholemeal varieties of things as they definitely have more flavour! Instead of adding full fat milk to your cereal each day, how about almond or hazelnut milk which is naturally lower in fat and calories. Instead of drinking fizzy drinks, infuse water with fruit and herbs.
Find an Activity You Love
Don’t be one of these people that joins the gym in January and has stopped going by March. It’s easily done, motivations are high at the start of the year but the gym isn’t for everyone. If you know that you don’t enjoy it, it’s hard to get to or makes you feel self conscious, find an exercise you do like instead. It could be walking or jogging in the park. It could be a sport, swimming, trampolining, Zumba or something else entirely. You could try looking for a fitness center in your local area and seeing if there are any groups or classes on that interest you. Once you find something you enjoy, exercising won’t feel like so much of a chore and you’ll be able to stick it out so much more easily.
Go to Bed Earlier
An earlier bedtime will make getting up in the morning much less painful. Not only is a lack of sleep unpleasant but if you’ve been doing it for a while, you put yourself at risk of fatal diseases including different cancers. Our bodies need sufficient rest and sleep, or in the long run things can start seriously going wrong. We all lead busy lifestyles but make sleep a priority rather than an afterthought. Get into a good routine, and your body will naturally start feeling tired at the right time. Avoid that midday coffee, since caffeine can stay in the system for a surprisingly long period of time and could stop you dozing off at night.
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