Staying healthy can be difficult, especially when you’re busy, busy, busy. Sitting at a desk all day and takeaways at your fingertips when you get home make it really easy to slip into bad, unhealthy habits. But there’s a few little things that can build into your every day life that can help you stay a little bit healthier.
Stick to the 30 Minute Rule
Research says that we should be active for at least 30 minutes a day. So whether it’s walking, running, cycling, swimming or whatever else you fancy, try to work out for at least 30 minutes every single day.
A great way to get you moving more is to track your steps. I’m a big fan of my FitBit but you don’t need an expensive way to track your steps. Here’s some Apps I love for tracking steps:
- Pacer – Pedometer plus Weight Loss and BMI Tracker*
- Track My Steps – Pedometer Activity Tracker*
- Map My Walk – GPS Walking and Step Tracking Pedometer for Calories and Weight Loss*
- My Fitness Pal – Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker* – This one does a lot more than track your steps. It’s one of my favourite free Apps as it lets you track your calorie intake, exercise and weight.
Drink More Water
Everyone knows this. There’s not a lot I can say really except “do it!”. Once you get over the need to pee more, you’ll notice the benefits of drinking more water really quickly.
Have a look at this post for some ideas on how to spruce up your water in healthy ways.
Stretching is so underrated! It’s not just to ease your muscles after a workout. Stretching is important throughout the day – a little stretch can help boost your mood, increase your energy and relieve aches and pains. Why wouldn’t you want to stretch.
Setting aside some time to get out your yoga mat, stretch and chill out is a great way to end the day but check out this article on stretches you can do without ever leaving your desk (although you really should leave it at some point!)
I know what you’re thinking. Haha, that’s a joke right?! Whether you feel like you sleep enough already, or you struggle to sleep, asking you to sleep more will probably seem impossible. But it will help, trust me. Getting more sleep will help you in so many ways. You’ll have more energy (which means more working out!), your body will have more time to rest and recover and it can help lower your risk of illness. Getting more sleep will also help your mind – a refreshed mind will help you tackle the challenges of the day ahead.
Getting more sleep might sound impossible but check out this post for some handy tips.
There’s lots and lots of little habits you can get into that will help improve your general health and well-being. Whilst they’re only small changes, it can be easy to forget about them. They say it takes 30 days to change a habit (or introduce a new one) so stick with it and before long, it will be second nature and you’ll wonder how you ever survived before!
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