Small But Beneficial Lifestyle Changes You Can Make
You know you already eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, so why would you need to change your lifestyle? The truth is there are many small changes you can make to your daily habits to help you live longer, with more energy, focus, and happiness.
Try these small lifestyle changes and see how much of an impact they can have on your health.
Increase Activity Levels
Did you know that any activity, no matter how little, is better than none? It is scientifically proven! A recent study found that just 4400 steps a day – approximately two miles – were associated with a reduced risk of death during the follow-up, irrespective of how intense the walking session was. In other words, you don’t need to change equipment or use a sweat. Start for 10 or 15 minutes, helping you manage stress and build-up to maybe leading a longer and healthier life thanks to increasing your step counts.
Get Some Sleep
The disadvantages of sleep deprivation are no joke. Take this into account: if you shorten your sleep by one hour to six each night, your risk of obesity rises 23 per cent. You need 7 to 9 hours each night, even if it means skipping a workout every 6:00 a.m. every time. If you have difficulty sleeping, use essential oils to relax, try gentle exercise before bed, remove electronics and adjust your comfort level and room temperature. You might think you can catch up on the weekend, but building up a sleep deficit doesn’t promote healthy sleeping routines, no matter how many celeb interviews boast of 5 am workouts and midnight bedtimes.
Ideally, you should be getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need via your diet. If it is healthy and balanced, then you will already be getting enough of everything. However, why not track your daily intake for a few days and see if you lack anything. If you have a pretty full schedule and you find you are lacking in energy before working or workouts and coffee is your go-to in place of rest, then adding functional powders can help you boost stamina and make sure your body is getting everything it needs.
Add Fat To Your Diet
This doesn’t mean unhealthily fried, fatty foods, including those nasty trans fats. But healthy food fats, such as avocado, olive oil, fatty fish and nuts, are indispensable for the functioning of the immune system, fat-burning (honestly!), complete and glossy skin. Indeed, fear of fat was a big part of unhealthy reliance on a heavy carbohydrate and sugar diet, and we now know there are all sorts of harmful health impacts of too much sugar and not enough healthy fats, we can change our perception of fat in the diet.
Studies suggest that even brief periods of outdoor time are linked to enhanced health and happiness. The study contrasted people who spent less time in nature to those who spent more time in nature and found that those who spent more time in nature felt healthier and happier.
Just head outside for a bit of a walk or nature break, not an hour-long hike or beach stroll. Other studies show it helps lessen mental weariness from sitting at a desk, giving your brain the needed refresh.