There are numerous websites that lecture us all on what we are supposed to/should be doing to enhance our health and well-being. The trouble is, it is very easy to read the information presented to us but to actually set about and practice what we have just read? Very difficult! So I have decided to put together a list of 5 simple ways to boost our health through activities we tend to do/could include in our day to day lifestyle, that if developed, will have positive knock on effects.
1. EAT MORE BUT EAT LESS FAT
Please note my belief is that calorie counting is absolute and ridiculous nonsense. I feel very sad when I see people counting calories daily, depriving their bodies of nutrients because of calories, not eating so they don’t consume these so called calories, or eating pigeon size plates of food because of scare of consuming too many calories. Ridiculous. Calorie counting is a myth. What we should all be doing is eating as much healthy, wholesome food as we want and eliminating anything that is high in (bad) fats and high in saturated fat. That’s it. And other experts who agree with me have written best selling books, which I advise you to obtain. Check out the author Lorraine Clissold, who wrote a book entitled, “Why the Chinese don’t count calories” (Buy from Amazon for 1p-a bargain!). The Chinese, she argues, can eat as much as they want without worrying about their weight. Another best selling author is Jonathan Bailor who wrote the book, “The Calorie Myth”. (Buy from £2.50, second hand, on Amazon).
Conclusion: Eat healthier wholesome foods, eat less (bad) fat, feel great.
2. SLEEP LONGER, SLEEP BETTER
As an undiagnosed insomnia sufferer, I tend to average roughly 4 hours sleep each night during the week. By mid-week, the consequences of minimal sleeping hours start rearing their head; irritability, falling asleep at work, skin begins to look dull etc. By the weekend when I do sleep for 7-8 hours, I feel a whole lot better, look better, am better. Conclusion: Sleep for 7-8 hours a day. Also make sure your bed is comfortable; Fresh sheets, comfortable mattress, comfortable pillows. Sleep longer, sleep better, notice the difference, your body will thank you for it.
3. EXERCISE AND ACTIVITY
We all see this word thrown around a lot. Exercise.
…although we are constantly informed it is the root to numerous health benefits, to most of us it just sounds complicated to fit into our daily lifestyle. Exercising just sounds time consuming, sounds expensive, sounds complex, sounds boring!
But what does exercising actually mean and how does one go about pursuing it in a simple, easy and stress free way? I decided to google the definition of exercise for some clarity on this magical word,
“activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness”
Activity requiring physical effort…means we do not need to join a gym and pay exuberant fees every month to use machines to improve our fitness. It does not mean we need to pay to participate in a type of sport or exercise class. It also does not mean we have to spend hours exercising, hooray!
We just need to find SOMETHING to do that is a physical activity and involves some level of effort. So to help you out on how we can go about exercising in a very easy and simple way and rather than me writing a list from scratch, I implore you check out a website I stumbled on called Broke and Healthy, for a brilliant list of 100 free or cheap ways to exercise. Click here to see the list.
The list includes such things as rearranging your room to jumping up and down on the spot a few times a day. Brilliant.
4. RELAX AND DE-STRESS
Long term exposure to stress can lead to serious health program. Fact! But what is stress and how can you find ways to relax?
Stress; “state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”
There are many ways that we can recognise stress in our lives as our bodies, thankfully, are intelligent enough to provide us with indicators. These indicators are presented to us through a number of symptoms; Behavioural changes, such as binge eating, sleeping too much or too little. Emotional symptoms, such as depression, irritability and feeling isolated. Psychological symptoms, such as feeling anxious, poor concentration and constant worrying and finally Physical symptoms, such as frequent colds, digestive issues, weight gain and chronic illness development.
For excellent advice on how you can dispel the above symptoms through finding ways to relax and lead yourself to being a healthier you, check out Mindbodygreen for 8 very useful tips.
5. BRINGING OUT THE ‘HAPPY’ IN YOU
Firstly, if you improve on the above four points, then I can assure you that you are well on your way to being a happier you. But there are additional things you can do, I shall list them below;
*Get outside more. Fresh air can improve your happiness. Get out of the house and go for a walk, even if it is only for 15-20 minutes. It should improve your mood and aid in relaxation.
*Plan a trip away from your normal routine. A break from the norm can significantly improve your mood. A day out, a holiday, lunch/dinner at a restaurant you have always wanted to try. There are many things you can do for free as a way to escape the monotony.
*Spend more time with friends/family. Socialising is great for boosting our happiness. Don’t have any family or friends to meet with? Join a social group! Do you have an interest in an activity? why not join your local community group. Anything from being creative to being religious. There is a community group waiting for you to join them. Communicating with like-minded people can help boost your mood significantly.
* Stop being lazy!