Simple Changes for a Healthier Life

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A Brief History

Nowadays, it seems that everybody wants to enjoy better health, but when changing your lifestyle, it is all too easy to take on too much and get overwhelmed. These simple changes are easier to implement and you can make them one at a time. Although they might not seem like much, if you stick with them, you’ll soon notice an improvement in the way you feel.

Digging Deeper

Walk to work

Getting a bit of exercise makes a huge difference to your long-term health and it does not have to be rigorous – regular walking is a great way to start. If you drive to work, try parking a little further away – which may well save you money – and walking the last mile or two. Once you get into the habit, you will find that your energy levels increase. You will find it easier to concentrate at work and you will also be decreasing your long-term risk of serious illness.

Drink more water

Did you know that you should be drinking at least a litre and a half of water every day in order to stay healthy? It might seem like a lot, but it is easy to manage if you get used to having a small glass of water morning and night and each time you take a break from your daily activities. As well as having long-term health benefits, it will make you feel more alert, help you fight off minor illnesses, and improve the condition of your skin, enhancing your appearance. 

Take time out to relax

In today’s busy world, fewer and fewer of us get the amount of sleep we need for optimum health. Workplace culture and the way that we use our phones encourage us to be on the alert at all times and make it harder to relax. It is okay to do nothing sometimes – in fact, both your body and your brain benefit from it. Using CBD oil can help your muscles to relax more easily, so consider taking a look at, the best CBD store online. 

Stretch your limbs

We tend to think of exercise in terms of moving around, but simple stretches can give you a big boost, especially if you do them first thing in the morning and at regular intervals over the course of the day. Flexing your back and shoulders and extending your arms will help you to maintain a healthy posture, fending off the chronic back problems that many people suffer from. Stretching can also help to kick start your metabolism, even before you get out of bed. 

Have alcohol-free days

There is a lot of advice out there about cutting down on drinking and avoiding binges, but actually one of the most important things to do is make sure that you have at least two days a week when you do not drink at all.  Doing so lets your body recover from the damage that even light drinking can do. Many people who have wine with dinner or a whisky last thing at night do not realise how much they are drinking, or that alcohol abuse is present, until they try this approach. 

Express your emotions

Mental health is just as important as physical health, and keeping your feelings bottled up is bad for both. If you feel a lot of anger or frustration and do not want to risk upsetting other people, work it out by hitting a punch bag or going for a run. If you feel upset, let yourself cry – tears are one way that the body gets rid of toxins. Find people with whom you can talk through problems to relieve stress. You will feel a lot better afterwards.

Cut down on sugar

There are lots of different diet plans out there that may or may not work for different individuals, but one thing that benefits practically everyone is cutting down on sugar. Do not just think in terms of adding sweeteners to your tea. Most of the sugar we consume is actually hidden in things such as ready meals and fizzy drinks. Making healthier choices will significantly reduce your risk of several major illnesses and will make you feel calmer and fitter within just a few weeks. 

Enjoy the outdoors

You do not have to be going hiking or playing a sport in order to benefit from being outdoors. Simple exposure to natural light will improve your mood and help to regulate your metabolism. Spending time in a park or the countryside means that you will inhale small particles that enhance your internal microbiome and improve your digestion. Your body will produce more vitamin D, helping you to build stronger bones, and you will feel instantly refreshed.

Making these small changes does not take a lot of effort, but it really can turn your health around, making you feel better in the immediate term and giving you much better long-term prospects. Sometimes, the best medicine is simply remembering how to get more out of life.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Pfeiffer, Douglas G.  Dr. Pfeiffer’s Guide To A Longer Healthier Life: Simple Lifestyle Changes To Set Your Life on The Path To Health And Wellness.  Advantage Media Group, 2014.

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