Summer is drawing to a close and Autumn is now just days away. After three months of getting outside and enjoying the fresh air, a lot of us tend to find that we begin to hibernate at this time of year. Autumn tends to be all about preparing for winter by keeping warm and cosy inside and enjoying all the creature comforts… including food.
It’s important to stay active regardless of the weather if you wish to stay healthy so we thought now would be as good a time as ever to give you some healthy habits that you can start today. You could always wait until the New Year to start a fresh, but we’re a long way from that yet. Today is your day.
Whenever you see a lift or some escalators, opt to take the stairs instead. Unless you in poor health, are carrying something extremely heavy or pushing a pram, pushchair or wheelchair then you have no reason to be using something mechanical in order to change levels. Even if you work on the eighth floor, it’s only a few minutes extra every day and your body will thank you for it.
Get up and go for a short walk every hour or so. Despite the fact that technology has drastically changed the way that we live our lives, we as humans have not evolved to sit down for long periods of time. Set an alarm or alert on your smartphone to remind you to get up and move every hour throughout the day.
Walk whenever possible. So many people are guilty of using the car today to do a journey that will only take a couple of minutes longer by foot. Walking around your own town will help you to see things in a different perspective. Due to the slower speed of travel you are bound to notice things that you would have otherwise overlooked when speeding past in the car.
If you’re looking to stay healthy then drinking more water is a hard one to beat. Water is good for you in many ways and carries many health benefits. Drinking water is easy, and you can start right now. Opting to drink water a few times a day instead of tea or coffee will yield some great results for your wellbeing.
Eating more fruit and vegetables will also help you to stay healthy. Aim to eat at least three portions of vegetables for every meal, and eat a couple of pieces of fruit throughout the day. Even breakfast can be made that much healthier by adding a tomato or a handful of grapes.
Fat is your friend. The reason why so many fad diets do not work is because they always tell you to avoid fat like it is the plague. Fat is actually extremely good for us, and it is vital for our survival. The good thing about fat is that it’s virtually impossible to eat too much of it – our bodies simply won’t let us. When was the last time you went for a second helping of fat from a pork chop?
Make eating a big part of your day. Take the time to plan what you’re having for dinner so that you know that you will definitely enjoy it every evening. When preparing your dinner, get the whole family involved so that it is a social activity as well as a necessity. When eating, be mindful and chew each mouthful thoroughly. Many people in the world aren’t fortunate enough to eat every day, so remember how lucky you are every time you eat a meal.
Get outdoors, even if it’s raining outside. We all have coats that are suitable for rainy days, so whatever the weather, dress appropriately and get out there and enjoy it. Autumn is the best season of the year in terms of seeing things change. The closer to nature you can get, the better you will feel. So head down to your nearest park for a cheap, fun and action-packed day out.
Declutter your living space. Learning to live with less possessions will make life simpler and easier to enjoy. Have you ever heard the phrase ‘you don’t own your possessions, they own you’? It’s absolutely true. As an added bonus, reducing the desire to buy possessions will mean that you have more money and more freedom to do as you choose.
Watch less TV. Watching TV is the go-to pastime for about 80% of people in the UK – especially during the colder months. You may feel as though there is nothing else to do but by turning off your TV you will be forced to think of things to do instead. Once you have gotten yourself out of the habit of reaching for the remote you will find that it is easier to enjoy a live with only limited media exposure. We’re not saying boycott the TV altogether but be mindful of the programs you watch and avoid switching the TV on just for the sake of it.
Sleep well. Sleep is an important aspect of everyone’s life, yet it is often the most neglected. In order to enjoy the best possible night’s sleep you need to make sure you are comfortable and that the environment is suitable for rest. That means switching off TV’s and tablets, and putting mobile phones and personal audio players in the bedside drawer for 8 hours every day.
By adopting the above changes to your movement, eating and lifestyle in general you will immediately begin to feel the benefits. Enjoying life is all about getting into the right habits and ditching the wrong ones. You can begin any of these changes today, so today really is the day to start being the person that you want to be.