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How to live a healthier lifestyle in 2019

How to live a healthier lifestyle in 2019

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.

 SLEEP WELL

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.

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the author

Patrick Law

Patrick is a keen touch rugby and football player and regular gym goer. He also enjoys long-distance running.

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