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We all want to live long and healthy lives, and we’re all guilty of just sort of assuming that we will. When we’re young, we think that it will be years before our bodies start to age. We believe that we’ve got ages before our muscles begin to ache after a long day on our feet, and years before we start finding it hard to get out of bed after a late night. But, unfortunately, for most of us, that’s not the case. Much sooner than you might like you can find that your hangovers are lasting for two days, that you struggle to get up in the morning if you haven’t had enough sleep, that you’ve got aches and pains and that your body just isn’t as strong and healthy as it used to be.
When we’re in our teens and twenties, some of us are lucky. We can eat what we want, we don’t need to exercise, we’ve got great skin and shiny hair, and no matter how badly we treat our bodies, they just keep going. Then, as we get a little older, things start to change. It can feel as though your body is letting you down, but really, it’s just telling you that it needs a little extra support.
This can be scary. The idea of changing your life and starting to look after yourself better can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. If you are relatively healthy, chances are a few small changes, that you will barely notice, are all that you need to keep your body and mind strong. Let’s take a look at some minor changes that can make a big difference.
Alright, the first small change isn’t that small. For some people, it’s massive. If you’ve smoked for a long time, giving up can be tremendously difficult. But, Vsavi stock the Vapour2 Pro Series which could be a massive help, making that huge change a little smaller. Quitting, or even smoking less can help decrease your risk of a whole range of health issues, improve your skin tone and breath, give your mental health a boost and make exercise much more comfortable. It’s a significant change, but it’s well worth making.
Get a Bedtime Routine
Bedtime routines are for babies and kids, right? Well, yes. But, having a bedtime routine can be beneficial no matter how old you are. Try to go to bed and get up at around the same time each day, and you’ll fall asleep more easily, get a better quality of sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and alert.
Eventually, your body will get used to your routine. You won’t just fall asleep more quickly, you’ll also start waking up naturally, before your alarm, which can give you much more positive start to your day.
Drink More Water
Water is a bit of a miracle drug. It’s one of the few things that you’d struggle to get too much of (or though, you can eventually!). Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin clear and soft. It helps you to avoid overeating. Water can boost your circulation and help to keep your stomach healthy. It can give you brighter eyes and healthier nails. Drinking more water can even improve your mood and help you to feel more energetic.
Most of us eat quickly. When we’re at work or feeding families, we rarely have time to sit and enjoy a meal in peace. Each time we eat, we’re rushed, keen to finish so that we can return to our chores and tasks. We eat because we have to. But, eating itself can be an important experience. Savour your meals. Eat slowly, letting yourself chew and giving yourself time to enjoy the flavours and textures. Eating more slowly means you are less likely to get indigestion or overeat, but it also gives you a little time each day to relax.
The American Heart Association recommends that to stay healthy and burn enough calories we should all be walking 10000 steps a day if you are nearly there, great. Start tracking your steps and push yourself to go that little bit further with a short walk after dinner. But, if you are doing much less, that might be too big a change. Instead, focus on increasing your step count and other activity. Focus on moving more each day, and increase slowly until you hit that 10000 steps.
Skipping breakfast might speed up your mornings. But, it might mean that your diet isn’t as balanced as it could be. Breakfast cereals are a great source of protein and eating early means you are less likely to overindulge later in the day.
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I'm Louise, a 28 year old blogger living in York. I'm a freelance blogger and Teaching Assistant. This is my corner of the internet, in which I cover topics such as mental health, travel, fashion, lifestyle and so much more!
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