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Moving forward to the new year, many people will make resolutions to improve their health and well-being. While this is admirable, if you want to live a better, healthier lifestyle, why wait until the new year?
Improving your health and wellness shouldn’t wait; it is something you can do now and can be a great way to help you make immediate changes to your physical and mental health.
But how can you improve your health easily?
Check your Diet
There are multiple diets and ways of thinking when it comes to the best way to fuel your body. But finding the right advice isn’t that hard. You need to eat a balanced, healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, carbs, protein and healthy fats. Reduce your sugar intake, increase your water and make small swaps to help you improve nutrition and fuel your body the way it needs you to.
You can use this check my body health tool before overhauling your diet to get an idea of where you stand, your current health, and any allergies, intolerances and food you might need to avoid. You should also find out what your body’s maintenance calories are so you can use this to help you lose or avoid gaining weight while making dietary changes.
Walking more, joining a gym, taking up a new sport, anything and everything is classed as beneficial when it comes to movement. But ultimately, one of the best exercises you can do for your health is simply to move more and walk around more.
It is recommended that you get at least 150 minutes of exercise each week that raises your heart rate. This can be spread over each day or many days. It’s entirely up to you, but meeting this goal can improve your overall health and wellness.
Mental Health Awareness
Even if you don’t struggle with your mental health, you need to be paying attention to how you feel and how the world impacts you. Taking time each day or each week to do something that boosts your mental health can be highly beneficial, as can practising self-care, talking to family or friends, and simply putting yourself first.
Sleep is essential for many aspects of your health. Not only do you need a good night’s sleep to help you feel rested and rejuvenated for the next day, but your body needs to sleep to help you heal and recover from the day and carry out many vital internal processes.
You should aim to get around 7 to 9 hours of good quality sleep each night and have a regular sleeping pattern for increased benefits.
You need to be sure that you are adequately hydrated every single day. This means getting around 2 litres of water per day. Water can come for other drinks and food, too, but it’s optimal to drink as much water as possible to meet the daily requirements and keep you hydrated. Drinking enough water can help improve energy levels and concentration, regulate hunger, and more.