Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know the basics to living a healthy lifestyle. Eating well and exercising. Obviously.
But there are other key elements you might be missing. And you don’t have to have shots of goji berry extract and sign up for Iron Man to be healthy. The best changes are the simple ones which will last.
Here are 5 of them:
EAT MOSTLY UNPRCOESSED FOOD
Forget fad diets. You just need to eat plenty of fruit, veg, lean meats, pulses, healthy fats and wholegrains. If you can avoid processed foods altogether, great. But the 80/20 approach will make a big difference. Once you get going it becomes second nature. And you’ll hopefully save some plastic packaging too!
HUSSLE WEEKLY WORKOUTS
Any activity is great, but it must be regular to keep your body healthy. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week. You should also do strength training on all major muscle groups twice a week.
Hussle in workouts where you can. A quick run in your lunch hour, a spin class after work, grab any opportunity to move. Don’t let those workout wheels stop turning!
BUILD YOUR FRIENDSHIPS
Evidence increasingly shows that having a healthy social network of friends gives major health benefits. Interacting wth others improves your feeling of well-being, decreases depression, strengthens your immune system and reduces your risk of dementia.
So stop peering at your phone and start paying attention to other people.
Our sleep quality is as important to our health as eating and exercising. 7-8 hours of restful slumber helps you fight infection, maintain a healthy weight and avoid chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Mentally you are brighter, perform better and feel more positive.
Need some decent sleep? Try these top tips to help improve your zzzz.
START NEW HOBBIES
Your brain loves to learn new things. It grows, morphs and creates new networks. Hobbies which combine mental engagement with physical exercise, such as dancing and tennis, have been proven to improve your cognition. Working your brain and body simultaneously is also a great way to Hussle!
Hobbies also enrich your life. They provide much needed balance in the busyness of everyday life. Find something that makes you happy and do it. Hiking. Drawing. Baking. Dancing. Commit. Hussle the time for them.
oh yes, tell me about it with kids and sleep - I'm promised that you can't ever get teenagers out of bed, can't wait!!
Getting enough sleep is tricky when you've got a toddler. I just hope the negative health effects don't last long-term.
Learning new things and having new experiences is something I am definitely doing more of in my 40s. I think you just reach that age when you realise life is running away with you and you want to live it!
guilty as charged - my mates and I are shockers for meeting up and then just paying attention to our phones. This is ridiculous and I'm going to show them this article. We will change!