Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How To Be Healthy With Minimal Effort

This is a contributed post.


We all feel the pressure to lead healthier lives. Each day there is a new magazine headline detailing a miracle weight loss plan, or a critique of a celeb gaining a few pounds. We see photoshopped models left, right and centre and are told that this is the way we are supposed to look. Which is not true in the slightest. You should look however you want, be whoever you want to be, and not have to answer to the critical eye of the media. However, you shouldn’t put yourself at risk either. Being healthy doesn’t mean intense workouts, flat stomachs and eating kale smoothies for breakfast. It’s about giving your body the nutrients it needs and treating your body with care. But it is so much easier to choose the unhealthy options. So, how do you be healthy, when the unhealthy route is so much tastier?


When it comes to your diet, it’s all about moderation. You can eat the bad food, just not in large quantities. Adopt some vegan cooking techniques (add meat if you want to) but swap out your dairy laden ingredients for seed butter and almond milk. Use seasoning to add flavour to your meals, rather than relying on meat juices. Most vegan recipes are much healthier than the non-vegan option; vegan chocolate cookies use a lot of sugar, but nowhere near the fat. Why not try meat-free Mondays to really boost that veg intake.


Water is always going to be the way forward for a healthier lifestyle, but rather than going straight water, treat yourself to a low-calorie carbonated water for every regular bottle you drink. Caffeine is something most of us need on a morning, but you should never drink it on an empty stomach. Try and cut back on the caffeine, and avoid drinking it after midday. Otherwise, it can really interrupt your sleep. When it comes to alcohol, we all know it’s not going to be great for our bodies, but just switch the heavier stuff like beer, cider and wine, for lighter options like a G&T and Prosecco - so those dinner parties are still going to be a lot of fun.


Which brings us to our next point; sleep. A huge part of being healthy is to get the right amount of sleep. The average adult needs between eight and ten hours of sleep every night, Plus it has been proven that women need more sleep than men - so take that as a big win. Make sure you get the right amount of beauty sleep, it will do wonders for your skin, energy levels, creativity, and for your moods.

It is recommended that you exercise for a half an hour, twice a day. But that doesn’t have to mean going for a run, or hitting the weights. If you don’t like high-intensity workouts, then try something designed to be slow and calming, that is designed to make you feel better about yourself; yoga. If you like a bit of movement - then go for something you can have fun with, like Zumba.

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