Cultivating a healthy lifestyle takes time and consistency. Seeing the effects of following a healthy diet and exercise plan can take some time but are so worth the effort. However, there are some quick wins that can improve how you feel almost immediately.
Cut down on tobacco and alcohol
Regular smoking and drinking can cause major health issues as well as leave you feeling less than your best day-to-day. Cutting down on these can make you feel more alert, less tired, less bloated and with more energy. It can be difficult to go cold turkey on tobacco, so you could switch to a vape starter kit or use nicotine replacement therapy.
Drink a litre of water
Drinking plenty of water on a daily basis is great for weight control, digestion, skin condition, energy and concentration and a whole host of other things. However, drinking water can make you feel better very quickly. Hydrating yourself with a few pints of water can instantly make you feel more awake and alert.
Get a good night’s sleep
Many people don’t realise how important sleep is until they aren’t getting any. A full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep can energise you, improve your mood and concentration, even after just one night. Researchers recommend that you stop using screens a few hours before bed and follow a nighttime ritual that involves winding down for bed. You will also sleep better in a slightly colder room, so get that fan turned on or open a window.
Clear your mind
Modern life can be stressful. Life, work, family, it all adds its weight to our mental load. Spending a few minutes meditating can reduce your stress levels.
Starting the day with a good stretch can release tight muscles, decompress your spine, and encourage blood around your body and increase your range of motion. It’s a great way to start the day.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a good, balanced breakfast in the morning will leave you feeling full until lunch, less likely to snack and stabilise your blood sugar. People who eat breakfast report better levels of concentration at work or school.
Drinking warm water with lemon
When you first get up in the morning, hot water with lemon is a perfect Kickstarter for your day. The warm water is good for your digestion as well as hydrating you. Lemon is also a good antiseptic that can freshen your breath.
Get some fresh air
Go outside and take some deep breaths. Even better, go for a walk. The combination of movement, fresh air and vitamin D from the sun can boost your mood and make you more productive for the rest of the day.
A healthy lifestyle needs to be worked at, but it’s good to know that there are a few things that you can do that will improve your health almost instantly. Combine these with your other healthy habits and you’ll be making huge strides towards a healthy lifestyle.