It can often be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to kickstarting a healthier lifestyle, so we are here to help you find out how! With these tips, you don’t need to make drastic changes, but small alterations to your routine and life that can help you start a journey towards a healthier version of yourself.
Reduce Time Sitting Down
Our first tip to help kickstart a healthier lifestyle is to reduce the time you spend sitting down throughout the day. This is especially important if you work an office job, as there have been studies linking inactivity with being overweight and chronic diseases. Sitting for too long throughout the day can impact circulation and also slow down the metabolism which in turn can cause issues with blood sugar, blood pressure and the body’s ability to break down body fat.
So, throughout the day, you should be getting up from your desk every 30 minutes to an hour, even if it is just for a quick walk to make a drink, go to the toilet or go up and down the stairs a couple of times. You will really benefit from this and having short breaks away from your desk can also help to refresh your mind and feel much more motivated throughout the day.
Drink More Water
Our next tip is to drink more water and less of other drinks. Things like takeaway tea and coffee, alcohol and sugary drinks all contain a lot of sugar, which is not only bad for things like weight gain, but also for your oral health. So, try to replace as many of these drinks throughout the day as possible with a glass of water and it can really help to transform your health.
Not only are there benefits to drinking less of things like alcohol and sugary drinks, but there are also so many health benefits of adding water. It helps to keep your body hydrated which helps you to think more clearly, improves mood and helps with healthy circulation and digestion. Afterall, the body is made up of around 60% water, so this should show just how important it is for the whole body!
To start with, try replacing existing drinks with water and work your way up to around 3.7 litres if you are male and 2.7 litres if you’re female!
Buy Colourful Fruits and Vegetables
Another thing you can do to stay healthier is to buy colourful fruits and vegetables! Different coloured fruits and veg contain different vitamins and minerals, so when you eat a mixture of colours throughout the week, you know you will be fuelling your body with lots of healthy nutrients.
So, when you are planning your meals for the week, incorporate lots of different coloured fruit and veg like yellow, green and red peppers, leafy greens, carrots, bananas, kiwis, strawberries, raspberries, aubergines and tomatoes. Not only will this taste great but your body will benefit too. If you’re short on time trying to plan and incorporate lots of nutrients into your diet, try using a company that does prepared meal delivery where all of the healthy foods you need are packed into a nice convenient meal!