We all know that keeping fit and healthy is important, for our own good and the good of our family. But it can be difficult to fit in long gym sessions and complicated diets into our busy lifestyle. Here are some easy ways to improve your health that you can incorporate into your busy schedule.
Diet, Quitting sugar’ and ‘cutting out all processed foods’ can seem like huge asks and impossible to achieve. But taking small steps towards these is all it takes to make a healthy push in the right direction. Curb those pesky sugar cravings with a sweet tasting piece of fruit, or use honey or peanut butter to satisfy your sweet tooth instead of reaching straight for the sweets, biscuits or cake. As for wholefoods, simply introduce one more meal a week that does not contain processed foods. This will not prove too difficult to implement into your lifestyle and even this small change makes a huge difference.
As you begin to explore more whole food options, you will find it easier to increase the number of wholefood meals you make a week. And if you would like some reassurance, it was recently reported that frozen vegetables are likely to have just as much, if not more nutrition than fresh vegetables due to the time that passes between harvesting to stocking our supermarket shelves. Of course, the best option is to grow our own and eat them on the day we pick them, but not all of us have the time or resources for that luxury.
Supplements are an excellent and convenient way to provide your body with optimum micro-nutrition. A good quality multivitamin will provide your cells with everything they need to function at full capacity, and help you get the most out of your body. But be careful; not all supplements are created equal. Make sure you do your research and buy your supplements from a reputable company. Potency and absorption rate are two things to be aware of when choosing a supplement. It is tempting to go for the cheapest option on the shelf, but some of the tablets do not even contain the levels of minerals and vitamins stated on the bottle, and the little money you do spend will be wasted.
Exercise, although a gym membership is a fantastic thing to have, if that option is impractical or too expensive, you can create your own exercise regime at home. The internet is packed full of simple workout regimes you can do at home. It is recommended that you use a workout that makes you sweat and increases your heart rate for at least 30 minutes a day. A combination of cardio, muscle strengthening and muscle toning exercises is ideal.
For cardio, a fun option is a skipping rope. Hula hoops are also great for strengthening those core muscles and toning the stomach. These are both a lot cheaper than investing in high-tech exercise gear. And the substitutes do not end there. Why not use a bag of sugar as a makeshift weight to strengthen those arm muscles? Sit-ups, push-ups and lunges are all easy exercises you can perform at home for muscle strengthening. For relaxation, yoga is a great option to stretch out your body and relieve tension and even headaches.
Don’t use your busy lifestyle as an excuse for sacrificing your health. Make the small changes now and your body will thank you in the long run