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How to begin a healthy lifestyle

In a world full of processed foods, binge-watching TV shows and being pressed for time, it can be
very difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

But for many, it can be difficult to know where to even start! The good news is, you don't have
to change everything at the same time. In fact, the trick to healthy living is making small changes –
Taking more steps each day, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water or saying no
to that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes.

So here, you’ll find a few helpful tips and ideas on how to make changes that will improve your life
and health – for life!

Drinking more water

We all drink plenty of tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and of course alcohol! But what about water? It’s not
always easy to remember to drink an extra glass of the good stuff – but there are little things you
can do to remind yourself to do so. From installing new taps in the kitchen or bathroom – check out
new bathroom ideas here – to buying yourself a new water bottle, or setting an alarm on your
phone to remind yourself to take a sip.

It can be easier to drink more water than you think!

Move more

One of the biggest reasons we have a weight problem these days is because we sit around too much.
We know we need to exercise, but we have so many excuses not to do it. We're too busy, don't
know where to start, we are not motivated or we are afraid we will injure ourselves. Maybe we think
exercise has to be really hard or it is not good enough.

Whatever definition you have about what exercise is or is not, the bottom line is that exercise is
movement!

The benefits

Just some of the benefits include:

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
  • Improves joint stability
  • Increases and improves the range of motions
  • Helps maintain flexibility as you age
  • Maintains bone mass
  • Prevents osteoporosis and fractures
  • Improves mood and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Enhances self-esteem
  • Improves memory in elderly people
  • Reduces stress

Eating well

Eating a healthy diet is another part of the healthy lifestyle. Not only can a clean diet help with
weight management, it can also improve your health and quality of life as you get older. But it’s not
easy having to give up all your favourite foods! Which is why small, well paced changes are the
better approach.

Eat more fruit. Add it to your cereal, your salads, dinners or make it a dessert. Fruit is also a great
snack after work or school to keep you going until dinner.

Sneak in more vegetables. Add them wherever you can– a tomato on your sandwich, peppers on
your pizza, or extra veggies in your pasta sauce. Keep pre-cut or canned/frozen veggies ready for
quick snacks.

Eat low-fat or fat-free dairy. Switching to skimmed milk or fat-free yogurt is another simple way to
eat fewer calories without having to change too much in your diet.

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