It’s never too late to make changes to your routines and lifestyle to benefit your wellbeing, with or without chronic illness. Today I’m sharing a collaborative post with a few thoughts on the changes you might want to consider. Different things work for different people so if certain points don’t apply to you, that’s okay, find the things that might.
We all know the importance of our health and wellbeing, and our lifestyles right now may have the spotlight on them as lockdown has taken over our lives a little more. But there are things we can start to implement, change and incorporate into our lives that will help us to have an overall healthier and happier lifestyle. So what can we do to make these positive changes? With that question in mind, here are some of the things that you could try to boost your health, wellbeing and overall lifestyle in a positive way.
Moving A Little More
We all know the commonly held advice is to move more to make us healthier, but we may find things in the way of that, whether it’s the lockdown, our health and pain, or not having enough time. Getting more exercise doesn’t need to mean hitting the gym or taking a run. It could be anything that gets you moving, whatever you’re capable of. Think outside the box if you have to in order to incorporate a little more movement into your lifestyle.
These days monitoring how you move is so easy. You can wear something on your wrist that tracks the amount of steps you take. You don’t have to be running anywhere. The commonly recommended count is 10,000 steps a day, but simply increasing what you’re doing even a little is better than nothing.
Improving general fitness can gradually start to give you more energy. If being overweight is causing additional health concerns, then moving more can help alongside diet to lose weight healthily.
Feeling fitter not only aids with how you look but how you feel in your mind. You’ll likely find you feel better about yourself and in your own skin, and it can even help in giving you a more positive outlook on life. What isn’t to love about moving more? Of course for those with illness and/or pain, the picture isn’t quite as straightforward. Do what you can and see how it feels; listen to your body and speak to your doctor before starting on a new exercise routine if you have any concerns.
Out With The Diets
We should free ourselves from the dieting mindset. Replace unhealthy fascination with getting to be a certain size and the negative self-talk, with self-love and a healthy, balanced, enjoyable diet.
More women and men are focusing on what’s good for them. What’s right and healthy for their bodies. Take a more holistic approach to your wellbeing and look at your diet and lifestyle as a whole, and consider what good nourishment can do to help keep your body healthy.
Feast On Fibre
Fibre can be very beneficial for your gut and muscles. There’s soluble and insoluble fibre, and it’s worth keeping in mind that while for many increasing soluble fibre can be great, for others it can worsen digestive issues.
If your body tolerates fibre well, then look at increasing it in your diet or consider supplements if you can’t get enough of it. There are plenty of foods and grains that can help you get more fibre into your diet, and breakfast can be the ideal time to focus on a high fibre meal.
Juicing and smoothies have become increasingly popular as a quick, convenient way to pack in plenty of goodness in one drink. You can get your juice in the morning or whenever and wherever suits your lifestyle best. Green is good as fruits and vegetables of the green variety are typically packed with fantastic vitamins and minerals.
Getting a variety of fruits and vegetables into your juice can aid a healthy lifestyle, especially if you find it hard to eat enough individual portions in your daily meals. Juicing gives you the chance to take in a lot of nutrients in one go, so can be the perfect addition to your balanced diet.
Cleaner Eating With Less Processed Foods
Clean eating has become a bit of a trend of late, and it’s worth advising caution on any diet fads, especially restrictive ones. That said, there’s a degree of credibility behind the theory. If you don’t know, clean eating is eating ingredients with little or no process to them. It’s basically cutting out the middle man, so buying your meat and vegetables from the source instead of pre-packed in a shop.
This also means that you don’t eat anything genetically modified. For those interested in removing GM products from their lifestyle, you might want to look at organic alternatives so you’re getting the most natural of produce. It’s a different lifestyle to take on as it can involve you developing different shopping habits and often organic versions can be more expensive. It might take a bit of trial and error to find the products you want at a good price, but it could be a beneficial change for you and your family.
It’s often through cutting out processed foods that people might find the cause of some of their physical complaints, like digestive or skin issues. If going more natural and reducing your processed food consumption helps then that’s great, if it doesn’t then that’s fine too. It’s whatever works for you.
Let’s hope this has given you something to think about when it comes to changing things up and having a healthier lifestyle.
Small changes can add up – are there any changes you’d like to make or new things you’d like to add to your lifestyle and routines to help your health?
[ This is a collaborative post & as such the ideas expressed here are that of the author ]