What you need to do to live a healthy life

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How healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every day? Do you live a healthy lifestyle?

Life is beautiful and you don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs may be working well, but they may not be tomorrow. Don’t take your health for granted. Take proper care of your body.

Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise — it’s also about having a positive attitude, a positive self-image, and a healthy lifestyle. In this article, I share tips to live a healthier life. Bookmark this post and save the tips, because they will be vital to living a healthier life. 🙂

Hydrate. 

That means drink more water than you do already. You may be mistaking hunger for thirst. Even if you aren’t, drinking a good pint of water before food can slow down your eating and even give you the sensation of feeling full, so you eat less. Drink less cordial, soda, fewer fizzy drinks, and alcoholic beverages and switch caffeinated drinks for herbal teas as much as you can. I cannot tell you how much-unrequired sugar will be eliminated by doing just this one thing. In fact, if you only do one thing, do this!

Eat well, eat whole foods. 

That means more foods cooked from scratch, at home and less processed food than you do already. By cooking foods from their original picked or plucked state, you can control the additives, sugars, and salts that end up in the meal. It is a totally personal preference, only you know how your body reacts, but eating less dairy, less red meat and less gluten can have significant positive effects on some bodies. Have fun experimenting or just keep it simple.

Stay active. 

That means to move around more. Aim for 150 minutes a week of getting out of breath. It really doesn’t matter how you do it, but as long as you are having fun, then you are more likely to keep doing it. You don’t have to sign up for a marathon and freak yourself out; go outside and chase your children, your dog, your cat, the leaves if you have none of the aforementioned. Invite a friend or friends over to ‘play’ if you prefer to exercise in a group.

Sleep well. 

That means just what it says. Get rid of distractions – ie. Screens, tablets and phones out of the bedroom (get an old-fashioned alarm clock) and read before you turn the light off, rather than watch TV. Trust me, there is science behind it. If you can’t get rid of your children (My youngest woke every 2 hours for an hour until he was 5), then take it in turns to wear the earplugs, the eye mask…move out!

Time & patience. 

That means not expecting a miraculous weight loss in one week, or being able to run a 10K next month if you have been leading the life of a couch potato this winter. Diets don’t work unless you stick to them forever. But do you really want to count calories for the rest of your life? Do you really never want to have hot buttery toast, drink a glass of champagne or slurp spaghetti again? What does it say to your child if you turn down every birthday cake you ever make them? If you can live healthily for 80% of the time (90% if you are really going for it) and have a little patience in reaching your own personal weight/health goals, you will end up smiling for a very long time.

I am guessing I haven’t told you anything that you didn’t already know, right?

So whatever you decide, or whatever you have been doing – shredding, detoxing, cleansing, fasting or blitzing .. how about considering living?
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