10 Small Changes To Encourage A Healthier Lifestyle

Leading a fit and healthy lifestyle is something that can make you feel a lot happier, positive and confident in yourself and your everyday life. There are many ways to achieve this but today I have shortened this down to just 10, which I think are important and things that everybody should try to include in their day to day life.

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1. Get A Good Night's Sleep
Getting a good nights sleep is such an important aspect of everyday life. Sleep is vital and having restful sleep helps your body to re-energise and heal itself, ready for the day ahead. On average, us adults need around 7 to 9 hours, to be fully rested and re-energised.

The key to a good sleep is to make sure your bed comfy! Get a good, comfortable mattress and pillows and a warm duvet, and you're good to go!

2. Keep Hydrated With Plenty Of Fluids
Water makes up a large percentage of the human body, and without enough of the stuff, dehydration can set in, as well as a dry mouth, tiredness, and headaches. Not good! Drinking plenty of fluids is essential to replace the water our body is losing by breathing, perspiring and going to the toilet. These fluids help to flush toxins, carry nutrients around the body, and protect sensitive tissue. Everything from milk to fruit juice to coffee to tea, and fizzy drinks can help to contribute to our daily intake, but water is considered the best for avoiding those extra calories!

3. Stay Stress Free
Having stress that we build up can cause some serious issues such as acne and high blood pressure. A way to deal with this is to look at all the stressful things occurring in your life and come up with a good, and positive solution for each one, which may lead you to being and feeling more happy and positive. However, do remember no one can be totally without stress, that is impossible. The trick is controlling stress and dealing with these, sooner the better.

4. Get A Good Breakfast
This is one everybody should be including, with no exceptions! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it provides you with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration and keeps your body alert and ready for the day ahead. Having a good breakfast is also important in maintaining a healthy body weight. 

5. Avoid Harmful Pollutants
To lead a healthier lifestyle, we should avoid temptation of any pollutants which could be harmful to our bodies, or at least reduce the amounts- alcohol in moderation, cut down on tobacco. Doing this is good for the body, where there are less toxins circulating our systems.

6. Have Healthy Balanced Meals
Having a good, healthy meal is the key to feeling great, having more energy, stabilising your mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible. Incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet, as well as choosing healthy carbohydrates and fibre sources, especially whole grains, for long lasting energy. Combining these with a variety of good sources of fats are needed to keep your heart and brain active, as well as your hair, skin, and nails. Make sure to take time to chew your food and enjoy mealtimes, as they are what keeps your going!

7. Follow A Regular Exercise Routine
Creating a workout schedule or routine is a great way to begin getting fit and healthy, and sticking to this will boost your confidence and give you that encouragement you need to stick to your routine. Just make sure you are flexible and realistic!

8. Get Your 5-A-Day
Getting your 5-a-day is something we should all strive for, to maintain a healthy diet. Fruit and vegetables can help keep your body fitter, healthier and happier, as well as they also usually low in fat and calories. The benefits of getting plenty of fruit and veg means a lower risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

9. Eat And Cook Healthily
Don't always rely on the takeaway, as these are usually quite bad for you and full of added products that aren't too good for you. But that doesn't mean you should get them, just have them in moderation! Use the internet as a source for recipes, this will allow you to try new ideas, new foods and new cuisines, as well as help to develop your cookery skills!

10. Enjoy Life
Having small changes to your life soon add up to greater enjoyment in life and just a ore positive outlook on life. Starting the day with a smile is a great mood booster, and starts your day in the most positive and happiest way. It means setting some time aside and making it special, maybe doing something new, meeting with some old friends or just treating yourself, this will make you feel better and reduce any stress in your life. Remember life only comes once so enjoy it for the better!

What things do you do to lead a healthy lifestyle? 

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