A mountain can seem pretty tall. Intimidating. How the heck do we even fathom getting to the top?? That first step will be the hardest, but great news! That’s the only ‘first step’ you have to do. Now go for gold!
OK, so enough with the analogies and let’s cut straight to the chase. The thought of making changes to improve our health can make us feel at a loss of where to start. When the list of changes gets overwhelming, we can sometimes give up without even trying. We’ve all been there. But there are quite a few easy changes with BIG health benefits in the long run, and guess what? You can start them today.
We’ve got some quick, easy, lifestyle changes which are almost not worth having two thoughts about – make them and you’ll be on a brighter, healthier path. Small changes add up to big results when it comes to health and fitness!
6 easy changes with BIG health benefits:
1. Drink more water
Hopefully this has been drummed into you over the years. Switch multiple cups of tea, coffee and fizzy drinks for cups of water and you will feel (and see) the transformation – clearer skin, sparkling eyes, increased energy, active digestive system… drink 2 litres a day (minimum!).
And if you need more convincing, we’ve got a few reasons to drink more water that you should check out.
2. Cook from scratch
Be mindful of what you’re putting into your body and look carefully at your meals. Cook from scratch and ignore fad diets. Consume real food – don’t recognise those E numbers in the ingredients list? It’s not beneficial for you.
Use wholesome, healthy food with minimal additives. Be in control of what you’re putting into your body.
3. Move whenever you can
Life can get hectic, but be conscious of any opportunities where you can get active; from walking in your lunch break to getting off your bus a few stops earlier. Getting workouts in around a job or a busy family life can be pretty tough, but take a look into short, yet effective, workouts that have been proven to really up fitness levels. Heck, why not squeeze in a ten-minute home workout when the kids are in bed?
4. Be thankful
A real easy change with big health benefits is adjusting your outlook. We’re not asking for y’all to hold hands and sing ‘Kumbaya My Lord’, but do not underestimate the power that gratitude has on mental and physical health.
Scientific studies have found people who focus on what they’re grateful for, rather than daily irritations, had raised levels of optimism and felt better about their lives. When you have a positive outlook, life seems rosier and tackling tricky things, like a tough workout, won’t seem so dreadful.
5. Mix it up
You may not be aware, but the average gym-goer in the UK stops their regular routines after 8 weeks. Boredom is a killer to fitness. Once you have turned fitness into a habit, introduce variety into your fitness routine! It’s been proven that it’s the most effective way to stay motivated, so don’t slog it out on the treadmill every workout day.
6. Get some sleep
We all love sleep – gone are the days when we were naughty kids wanting to stay up “just a bit longer!”… now bed is one of our favourite places to be. Get a solid 7 – 9 hours sleep and try not to smash that snooze button when it rudely wakes you. Jump up, fist pump into the air shouting “I did not wake up today to be mediocre!”, and stride into your day.
You’ll feel revitalised and refreshed in the morning. Not to mention, you’ll have the energy to work out and say NO to the sugary pick-me-ups that get passed around the office.
Try out these easy changes and feel the big benefits to your health – whether it’s giving you a bounce in your step or giving you the actual energy to clock those steps, if you don’t start today you’ll never find out what you’re capable of. Remember, nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible’.
Share these tips with your friends when they ask how you're smashing life. These are free, quick and easy ways for them to turn those life rants into positive convo’s that we all wish we could have more of!