It can be hard making big changes in life. Habits can be tough to build or break, and the energy and time commitment needed is often too much to handle. However pursuing a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to involve big changes, just one smart step in the right direction can pave the way to a healthier life. Making small changes to begin with will increase the likelihood of wanting to stick with these changes and wanting to do more to stay in good health. Here are four small ways you can adapt your lifestyle to lead to a healthier you.
Find an exercise partner
A motivating fitness partner will help you to reach your fitness goals – you can motivate, challenge and help each other out. How often have you found an excuse to not go to the gym? It’s easy to find a reason to skip a day of working out but with a fitness partner you have a commitment and are more likely to go as you know you’re letting someone down if you cancel. Your fitness partner will be there witnessing your achievements and successes which is a great motivator when he/she acknowledges your flatter stomach or toned arms.
Buy a food processor
A food processor is a worthwhile investment as its saves time and is easy to use. We are bombarded with information that encourages us to eat better, yet it can be difficult to fit in that all important ‘five-a-day’. With a food processor you can blend together all your favourite vegetables or fruit to make delicious soups or smoothies, allowing you to have your ‘five-a-day’ in one meal. We are encouraged to cook from scratch to avoid preservatives which can be a time consuming task. A food processor will save you plenty of time by doing all the chopping, grating, grinding and mixing for you. You can buy one of these multifunctional products at www.electricshop.com.
Go to bed earlier
An early night can change your lifestyle in many ways. Going to bed just an hour earlier can make all the difference. If you haul yourself out of bed earlier in the morning your energy levels can be greater which means you can squeeze some time in at the gym (with your new exercise partner) or an extra hour at work. Many of us drink endless cups of coffee a day to keep us alert and awake. An earlier night might mean you can lose the caffeine addiction – and save a few pennies while you’re at it.
Cut out processed foods
Processed foods are an illusion that often appear to be healthy, stating that they are low fat, low carb, containing omega-3s etc. However, they are usually loaded with added sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup which are strongly associated with some of the world’s leading killers including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Reducing processed food can lead to a range of health benefits including more energy and losing weight. For those who are reliant on processed foods you will start feeling healthier in as little as a week.
How do you make sure you stay happy and healthy?