Live Healthy With These Simple Daily Tips
How to incorporate healthy living back in your life
When we were young it was easy to be active and it didn’t take us this long to get better after an illness (or hangover). Sadly, as we age, our bodies age as well, and our metabolism slows down, causing us to feel tired and grumpy most of the time. If you are looking for a way to change something in your life and become as fit and energetic as you were when you were younger, there is a way to do it without forcing yourself to go to the gym for two hours every day. Several small changes can really make a difference and allow you to get back in shape.
Routine is useful
Yes, living unpredictable life is so much fun, no wonder young people like adventures and unplanned events. However, did you notice how babies and little children enjoy routine and how easier it is to get them to eat and sleep if they do it every day at the same time? You should incorporate something of that in your life as well and see how much better you will feel in no time. Waking up every day at the same time will have your body alert and ready to face daily challenges, and taking your meals at regular intervals (and preferably at the same time) will help your body digest food more easily. You will feel energetic, less bloated, and less tired once you get used to this rhythm, because you will be getting enough sleep in the first place.
Rise and shine
Morning routine for most people means washing their face, brushing teeth, eating breakfast, and drinking coffee. If going to the gym in the morning is just too much for you, at least you can start your day by boosting your metabolism. Make sure you eat a nice healthy breakfast consisting of cereal and fresh fruit, but instead of drinking coffee with cream and sugar, choose green tea with some lemon, and a glass of warm lemon water instead. Water awakes your metabolism just like a shower wakes up your muscles, and it will give you more energy. Green tea has plenty of caffeine and it’s definitely a healthier option.
Eating a bag of chips or a candy bar when you crave something sweet or salty can satisfy your cravings for a while, but in the long run it is only going to make you put on weight. There are so many healthy alternatives and delicious snacks to try out that you will never have to eat candies again. Make pancakes using only two eggs and a banana, dip apples in raw honey, make healthy shakes using whole fruit and non-fat yoghurt or milk, and cover bananas with peanut butter and nuts; these snacks are going to give you energy instead of making you fat, and you will be peaceful knowing that your kids are eating healthy too.
Play with your children
Children are so energetic and can turn practically anything into a game: from cooking to cleaning up their room. No wonder they always have fun and like to run around and anticipate birthdays and parties with so much enthusiasm. You could learn and benefit from their energy too, you know, and you could turn your boring regular workout into a game. Spend quality time with your children and do funny exercises: join them on trampolines in kids’ party venues, ride bikes together, play hide-and-seek all over your home and backyard, or go explore plants and insects in the nearby park. Physical activity will do both of you good, and you will be working out without even noticing.
Getting back in shape and changing your habits may be a decision that is quickly made, but it takes a lot of energy and dedication to stick to that decision for days, weeks, and even months. When you begin noticing first results, you will be surprised how much motivation you will have to keep going and change your lifestyle even more. After all, knowing that you and your family are all happy and healthy is what is most important in the world, is it not?
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate in writing. She is contributor on High Style Life and her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.