Being healthy is defined as physical, mental and social well being. NOT just being on a crazy diet and losing weight. It is not a full time job either and making small swaps and changes to your lifestyle can have a gradual positive impact.
1. What you eat.
I know it’s fashionable to go on these crazy diets, slimming tablets and shakes, meal replacements or just eating as little as possible but its not healthy for your body, you lack essential vitamins and minerals that your body requires!
Eating healthy is not as hard as you think. Meals can still be just as delicious but even more nutritious. Try and enjoy fruit and vegetables. If you struggle with vegetables or fruit try and cut them small or blend them so you can’t taste them or don’t know that they are there.
Try and eat less salt, fat and sugar! Small changes from full fat to thirty percent less fat or fat-free works and it often tastes the same! Instead of oil or saturated fats, swap for unsaturated fats or one calorie sprays which work just the same.
And if you’re desperate to diet, lose weight, healthy dieting programmes i recommend are Slimming World and Weight Watchers, you still get all your essential nutrients and they make dieting easy.
Lastly instead of slimming tablets, try taking essential vitamin supplements such as kelp tablets to boost your metabolism, vitamin C for those vegetable dodgers or EPA Fish Oil to aid hair as high strength fish oil is really good for the body, heart health and has skin benefits. And always drink lots of water!
In my personal opinion, exercise is one of the most important aspects to maintaining healthy. Exercise has physical, mental and social benefits. Most people believe fitness is to look like those instagram famous models. Incorrect. Fitness is being able to carry out everyday tasks with ease.
Firstly exercise has thousands of physical benefits: it boosts your metabolism, decreases your resting heart rate putting less strain on your heart, increases your stamina and strength and flexibility.
To gain physical benefits doesn’t mean you have to go and pay for a personal trainer and gym membership every day, just go for a walk or run with the dog, join a dance class, back to netball, walking football, cycle to work or take the stairs, it is really that easy.
Joining a gym, a team or class helps you make friends and meet new people. There is no better feeling than being part of a team.
Lastly exercise is so good for your mental health, you can release built up aggression, tension, stress through catharsis and your body releases endorphins to help you sleep better and feel happier.
Obviously some of us don’t have all the time in the world to make big changes to our lives however vitamins such as kelp tablets, EPA fish oil and vitamin D can have similar health benefits as exercise.
3. Mental health and Social wellbeing
Personally I believe this is so important. Happiness is crucial. Especially in today’s society mental health problems are increasing rapidly. Social media is possibly one of the biggest impacts on our mental health because we believe we do not have the ideal body type, teeth, height, clothes etc. So do me a favour and come off it for a week. See HOW MUCH BETTER you feel.
Mental health problems can also come through toxic relationships, friendships and so many more things. If you know its not good for you, stop it.
You might be wondering what social well being is, it is friends, family, colleagues, relationships, the people that surround you. You do not have to have hundreds of friends to be happy, one or two good friends may just be enough. And remember, attempting to make everyone around you happy may not be making you happy, be selfish sometimes and think about YOU.
Overall your personal health isn’t something that is going to change right away but you don’t have to take drastic action either.
Thanks for reading and keep drinking plenty of water.