For a long time now, the concept of healthy living has been turned into such a complicated thing. For some reason, we have been made to believe that you have to jump through a lot of hoops and go to various extremes just to live a healthy lifestyle. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. If you want to grow healthier, which we all want to do, then doing so shouldn’t be so darn hard.
The truth is that living a healthier lifestyle is something that can be made simple. The key is to focus on a few easy bits of advice and then stay consistent in achieving your health goals. There’s no need for a huge makeover of your life.
With that said, let’s check out just five easy tips for achieving a healthier life:
Fill Your Plate Backwards
When putting food on a plate, most people start with the carbs, then the protein, and end up with vegetables. However, you should reverse the order and start piling half your plate with healthy veggies. Then fill the remaining half with protein and complex carbs. Since vegetables have high water content, eating more veggies increases your hydration levels as well as fiber intake.
Eat More Protein
The most common piece of advice we hear is that if you want to lose weight, you should eat fewer calories. However, to lose or maintain weight, you should consume more protein. One simple way to get more protein is by adding protein powder to your diet. Protein makes you feel fuller than carbs, which means adding protein to your diet will help you eat less. Protein-rich foods also boost your immune system.
Get More Sleep
One area of life that most people underrate is sleep. Research shows that sleep quality has a huge impact on health; much more than diet and exercise does. Studies show that people who get adequate sleep and wake up refreshed have a lower risk of getting a heart attack. Getting enough sleep lowers your stress hormone (cortisol), reduces blood pressure, and strengthens your willpower when it comes to making healthy meal decisions.
Drink Water before Your Meals
Water is an essential component for all your body’s internal systems. However, drinking enough water can also help you avoid overeating. If you drink a glass of water at least 40 minutes before having a meal, you will settle your hunger pangs and become more mindful when eating.
Move Your Body Every Hour
They say sitting is the new smoking. Lack of regular body movement is a sure recipe for disease. Physical activity is a vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and increasing lifespan. You can engage in some light exercise every day for 10 to 30 minutes. However, if this is not doable, you can get up from your desk every hour and talk a walk for five minutes. Any kind of body movement that boosts your heart rate and gets the blood pumping will do wonders for your health.
Staying healthy isn’t rocket science, and it doesn’t have to be so off-putting that t becomes unsustainable. Try out these five small and simple steps and watch your health change for the better.