We all want to provide ourselves with the best lifestyle we possibly can. At the end of the day, being able to lead the healthiest and happiest lifestyle that you are able to will greatly boost your quality of life. You’ll feel better. You can live for longer. You just need to make sure that you’re actively investing effort into the right areas and that you commit to these positive changes that you decide to implement. This is the key to longevity when it comes to the results you can look forward to! Of course, there are countless ways that you can change your lifestyle for the better. So, let’s take a look at a few that might tick your boxes, catering to an area you’ve otherwise been neglecting up until now.
Your diet is your fuel. The food you decide to eat is what your body can make use of to help you achieve all of the things you need to do during the day. As you can imagine, it quickly becomes pretty important that you fuel your body with the right foods that will give it energy, nutrients and everything else required to keep you healthy and energetic. Of course, there are countless aspects of diet that determine whether your diet is good or bad. Here are some to take into consideration.
All too many people see calories as a bad thing. Really, calories are just a unit of measurement to tell you how much energy is in any given food you might be considering eating. That’s it – nothing more or nothing less. You can use this tool to ensure that you’re eating the right amount of food each day based on personal factors such as your sex, age and activity or exercise levels. It is recommended that each day, children aged 2 to 8 eat 1000 to 1400 calories; girls aged 9 to 13 eat 1400 to 1600 calories; boys aged 9 to 13 eat 1600 to 2000 calories; active women aged 14 to 30 eat 2400 calories; sedentary women aged 14 to 30 eat 1800 to 2000 calories; active men aged 14 to 30 eat 2800 to 3200 calories; sedentary men aged 14 to 30 eat 2000 to 2600 calories; active adults over 30 eat 2000 to 3000 calories; and sedentary adults over 30 eat 1600 to 2400 calories. These are just guidelines, but they tend to suit the vast majority of people.
Your plate should be balanced in regards to food groups and types of food. You want to make sure that it is colourful with plenty of vegetables. You need to ensure that there are some carbohydrates for your body to burn for energy. You need to get your protein in to build and maintain muscle. You need sufficient calcium to maintain your bones. Fats may be deemed bad, but unsaturated, healthy fats do play an important role in your diet too. The list goes on. If you’re unsure how to create balanced meals, there are plenty of recipes and tutorials out there that can provide you with a healthy meal plan, ensuring you get all of the food groups in moderation.
It’s time to cut junk food out. Sure, this may not mean you’re never going to eat junk food ever again. But it does mean that you should be eliminating it as a regular and routine part of your diet. Junk food is never good for you. It tends to lack nutritional goodness at the same time as packing saturated fats, sugars and salts into your body. While they are convenient – whether that’s ready meals, snacks, fast food or takeaways – you need to think of the long term consequences on your body. Really do your best to prepare healthy meals instead.
Exercise also plays a crucial role in your overall health and wellbeing. You need to make sure that you’re incorporating sufficient exercise into your day to day routine – this is roughly 150 minutes a week for both men and women. All too many of us overestimate the amount of exercise we get. But if you take a look at the steps tracker app on your phone, you may quickly find that you spend most of the day, most days, sat around not actually getting much physical activity at all. Here are some types of exercise to try that might suit your needs.
By far, one of the most popular options when it comes to getting exercise, is the gym. The gym comes at a fixed membership rate with plenty of affordable options available out there. You then benefit from access to a safe, sheltered space with security and where the temperature is monitored and you’re out of the elements. You also gain access to all of the equipment you could possibly need for your workout. Whichever part of your body or muscle groups you want to focus on, there will be something there to suit your needs, from treadmills to static bikes, weight racks, exercise balls, rowing machines, squat racks and more.
Fitness classes are another popular option. People tend to enjoy the guided nature of this type of workout. You don’t need to know what to do yourself – instead, you just follow the instructions of a trained coach who can ensure you’re getting the workout you signed up for. Whether that’s Zumba, a spin class, yoga, pilates, HIIT training or anything else. Make sure to check the difficulty level of each class before signing up. This will ensure that you attend a session that suits your individual needs and preferences.
Want to try something a little more adventurous? Why not attend Surf Lessons at a Surf School? This will see you get exercise out in the open sea at the same time as experiencing the exhilaration of learning an impressive new skill. Sure, you’ll need to be able to swim before attending, but once you’re ready to go, you’ll find yourself up and on the board before you know it.
Team sports are a great way to combine sociability with exercise. They’re also good for those of us with a competitive nature. The good news with team sports is that no matter your interests, there will be something that suits you. This could be rugby, basketball, soccer or football, roller derby, track and field sports or anything else.
If you feel really lost with where to start, or if you need extra encouragement to actually get up and attend your fitness sessions, you should look into personal training. When you find a personal trainer who meets your needs, they’ll be able to tailor a workout programme that helps you reach your fitness goals and will ensure that you know how to carry it out. This can include showing you how to complete certain exercises, how to use specific machines or equipment and how to manage the amount of time you spend doing each workout activity.
Making healthy lifestyle changes isn’t always going to be easy. It’s one thing making the change for a short period of time, but altering it to become a part of your overall lifestyle is the real challenge. Commitment goes a long way in this area, so dedicate yourself to the positive impact that this will all have on you. You’ll experience the benefits in next to no time!