Information about improving your health can often times be confusing and complicated. Here are five easy to follow steps that help you achieving a better lifestyle.
1. Chew your food
This may sound quite funny but most of us don`t spend enough time enjoying their food. Having just a quick lunch break in your busy schedule might be more detrimental to your health as you might think.
Chewing your food properly helps your body to better digest and absorb all the nutrients you need. Even more important, taking time to eat prevents you from overeating.
The signal that your digestive system sends towards the brain to say that you had enough is not very fast. It usually takes up to 20 minutes for your gut to realise the amount of food it encounters. Since most people finish their meal in much less time they tend to overeat.
So next time you have a meal pace yourself and enjoy your food instead of gulping down your plate as fast as possible.
2. Kill your TV
How much TV do you watch every day? The average Australian spends more than 3hours daily in front of the Zombie box. Instead of wasting your time watching other people building houses, cooking meals or arguing with each other you could do something productive with your time.
Read a book, take a walk, spend some time with your friends and family or tackle a project that you always wanted to start.
It is up to you how you want to use your time. One thing is for sure, you can`t get it back.
3. Be more active
This is one of the biggest issues we face today. A majority of diseases and degenerative health issues like osteoporosis can be linked to physical inactivity. Being physically active can help you reduce stress and enjoy and overall healthier life.
That being said, you don`t need to work out countless hours in the gym or run on the treadmill like a hamster in a wheel. Regularly is more important than intense. There are many options available, just go with whatever suits you best.
4. Don`t eat garbage
We are surrounded by unhealthy food choices that give have no nutritional value and can create a lot of problems for your health when consumed. Avoid processed food and all products with wast amounts of sugar and artificial ingredients.
Get in the habit of reading the food labels on the products you buy. You might be surprised what you will find. As a general guideline, avoid all food choices that contain words you can`t pronounce or a series of numbers that code some artificial extra.
Instead, switch to veggies, eggs, meat, legumes, nuts and some fruit. Take time to prepare your meals (follow rule 2 to free some time).
5. Manage your stress
Deadlines, assignments, money issues and a ton of urgent projects. There are a lot of things that can cause stress and affect your health, physically and mentally.
Stress is one of the major health issues of our time and it is often times not possible to eliminate the factors causing it. That is why it is important to know how to cope with stress. There are different approaches that can help you.
Physical activity is definitely a good idea. Meditation and training your mindset can also be affective. Whatever you choose, make sure you find your way to deal with stress.
Today is the first day of a better life. Take actions and move forward. One step at a time
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