6 Simple Ways to Supercharge Your Health
We all know how important health is, but do we know how to actually get healthy? There’s so much advice out there, and most of it is conflicting. Some sources say carbs are the enemy, some say to cut out fruit, and some tell you only to eat in an 8-hour window. We’re not here to tell what you should and shouldn’t believe, but here are a few simple things you can count on to up your health game.
Most of us don't get enough sleep. You need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night, or you're doing your health a major disservice. You need to make sleep a priority, so if you have to work late one night, try and shuffle work to get a sleep in, or at least sneak a nap into your routine. In fact, there's no reason you can't sneak in naps whenever like, on the weekend, on your lunch break and even after work. They're a great way to get back all that sleep that your busy life steals.
Drink Water All Day
You need to drink at least three litres of water a day, and that doesn’t mean sculling a three litre bottle before bed or after a workout. You need to sip water throughout the day, and that means starting off your day with a big glass of water and then sipping from your favourite bottle until you fall asleep.
Food is essential but staying hydrated is the key to good inner and outer health. If you stick to 3-litres a day your skin will look better, you'll control your weight and food intake easier and your entire body will function at a far better level. So, grab a funky new bottle and start sipping.
We’ve all heard that sitting is the new smoking, so if some sort of movement isn’t part of your daily schedule, that’s a great place to start. Exercising every day doesn’t mean going for a 10km run, doing an hour-long HIIT class or killing yourself with heavy weight sessions, it just means engaging in some meaningful activity every day.
Of course, you should try and do some vigorous activity three to four times a week, but you can also do things like go for a 45 minute walk, do some active stretching or even go for a hike. It’s all about putting movement into your daily routine, and the best way to do this is to make sure you’re wearing activewear as much as possible. Gym clothes are haute fashion these days, so deck out your wardrobe and make sure you’re ready for any opportunity for incidental exercise.
Go Plant Based
Going plant based doesn’t mean cutting out meat. Going plant based means making fruits and vegetables the priority of your diet. So, when you're planning a meal, pick the vegetables first and build everything around that. When you're reaching for a snack, grab some fruit. If you fill your diet with plants, it's very hard to overeat, and because they are usually low calorie, you probably won't gain weight on the odd occasion you do.
You should also focus on cutting out processed food, which contains all sorts of nasties that will do no good for your health goals.
Make Some Screen-Free Time
The jury is still out on the damage our prolonged time in front of screens is doing. However, there’s no denying the fact that making some screen free time is better for your health. Time in front of the screen is sedentary, meaning it stops you from meeting your movement goals and it is also time away from family and friends. It can also wreak havoc with your sleeping patterns.
A bit of self-love is vital to improving your health. When you reach small goals, make sure you reward yourself, because it will motivate you to keep going and achieve the next one. Whether it’s buying yourself a new outfit, treating yourself to a night out or even booking a holiday, you need to make sure you’re giving yourself reasons to stay on track.
Faye C 💕