If you’ve never really been into healthy eating or exercise, knowing where to start when it comes to getting healthier can be a real challenge. It can be really overwhelming too, and if you try to take on too much at once, you’re unlikely to keep up with the new routine and it can make you feel disheartened. So, we are here to introduce a few simple and attainable things you can do to become healthier.
Do More Steps
The first thing you can do to get healthier is to take more steps. So many places will say that you should aim to do 10,000 steps, but for most people, this isn’t an achievable goal, especially if you don’t usually do much walking. So, go on your phone to the health section and look at how many steps you usually do on average. Then, as a starting point, aim to do a couple of thousand more steps a day on top of this. So, if you do 1,500 steps a day now, try to increase that to 3,500 to start with. You can do this by taking a walk in the morning, on your lunch break or in the evening by throwing on your seamless gym leggings when you get home and heading out for a walk. You could also do them on a treadmill in the gym if you work an office job, or you could get off public transport a stop early to walk that bit further. You can take the stairs at work too as another good option.
Once you have gotten used to your new step count, up it again. You are so much more likely to hit your targets and make actual progress by increasing your goals bit by bit, instead of aiming for something really high and then feeling bad when you don’t meet it. You will notice such a big difference when you start walking more, as it is great for your cardiovascular health, it helps you to lose weight, it reduces the chance of you getting serious health conditions and it strengthens your muscles. Plus, it’s a great way to clear your mind and enjoy some fresh air, as well as being completely free.
Eat More Fruit and Veg
Our next tip is to eat more fruit and veg. Many people will say to start by completely cutting out sugar and all unhealthy foods, but again, this will be a massive lifestyle change that may be difficult to keep up with. So, to get started, incorporate more fruit and veg into your diet. This could be starting your day with a smoothie, snacking on fruit throughout the day, adding a side salad to your evening meal or putting hidden veggies into your curries and pasta sauces.
Over time, you are likely to notice that you will snack less on more unhealthy stuff and you will feel fuller for longer, as well as replacing more of your unhealthy foods with fresher stuff as you learn how to cook really delicious vegetable dishes.
Get More Sleep
Last but not least, you should get more sleep. Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health, as it is essential for healthy brain function and it is also the time when your body recovers most. A lack of sleep can also contribute to long term health problems, so you need to give your body the chance to recharge. You will find you have so much more energy that you can then put into your steps to help you get healthier overall.
So, aim to get at least between 7-9 hours sleep, either by going to bed a bit earlier or getting up slightly later depending on your routine. You will notice such a huge difference to your life when you do this!