Many of us dislike allocating time and committing to a drastic fitness regime that involves a gym membership, intensive training, and waking up a 5 a.m. to go for a run on a regular basis. Some would have us believe that it’s the only way to look good and be healthy and live a long happy life, so it’s possible to be discouraged and do nothing towards one’s fitness.
This article will convince you that everyone can stay fit and healthy with small lifestyle changes and with no need to spend hard-earned money on equipment, special diets and other services. All that is required is a little bit of discipline and common sense. Below are just a few short and sensible lines of advice that you can start doing right now for a healthier you:
- As you read this, start moving your feet up and down and circular movements. Don’t stop until you finish reading. Make it a habit to always move a part of your body when reading, watching TV, scrolling, etc. You are using calories.
- While you’re at it, straighten your back and suck your tummy in. Put a smile on. Continue reading, scrolling, etc.
- Take a short break and skip all the way to your drinking water source. Fill up a bottle with fresh water, carry it and sip as often as you can. You need 2 litres of water a day.
- Brush your teeth after each meal, and every time you fancy a snack, run your tongue over your clean teeth and consider keeping your mouth fresh.
- Before your meal, drink another glass of water. This will help you feel full sooner so you will eat less.
- Try intermittent fasting… There are lots of internet programs that will say will try selling you a plan tailored to you, but let’s face it: you are the expert in you: you will know what works best for you. I, for one, discovered I am not that keen on breakfast so I gave it up. Most days, I only eat lunch and I serve dinner at about 5 p.m. so basically, I am fasting intermittently 18 to 6. 18 hours fasting, 6 hours eating everything I want. Of course, I make my own rules so coffee, tea, and fruit juice served during the 18 hours fasting period do not count.
- You can also try to gradually reduce your portions. This way, you can save money and shed some pounds.
- Take a walk every day. Make it progressively longer. You don’t have much time? Make it faster! If you like running, run, but whatever you do, when nobody is looking try skipping if only for a few steps: it’s a guaranteed and instant boost to your mood, and heart rate, and will use up calories too. You will look and feel amazing.
- If no. 8 seems a bit pointless… (it often does to me), get a dog! Or borrow one from an elderly neighbour. Or, just take the elderly or disabled neighbour for a walk instead.
- Yoga, meditation, breath work, pilates, ecstatic dancing, cardio, online classes – try them all, one at a time. One of them will make you tick. Then include it in your routine.
That’s the end of the article. Of course, I could blabber on to 30 small changes to your daily life that you could make in order to improve your level of health and well-being, but as I was writing I found that all advice is a bit obvious, our real problem is that we forget to do the things .. so maybe we should find ways to remember to do these things and share them with each other. Good luck and be well, be healthy, and be happy.