You don’t have to completely overhaul or alter your life for you to improve your lifestyle. Even the smallest of changes to your lifestyle can make a difference when it comes to the way you feel and your fitness levels. In fact, they can make a big difference!
To find six small lifestyle changes that will benefit you.
- Change your smoking and drinking habits
Of course, if you want a completely clean bill of health, then you're going to have to stop smoking and drinking altogether. Doing that, however, would constitute as a big lifestyle change, and we’re not interested in those! In this instance, a small lifestyle change is to simply change your smoking and drinking habits — even if you cut down just a little bit as a result, you’ll see a major difference in regards to your health.
In regards to smoking, a little change you can make is putting the cigarettes down altogether and opting to vape instead. By doing this, you won’t be allowing any of the harmful chemicals that are contained in regular cigarettes, such as tar, the chance to impact your lung functions, breathing abilities and overall health. Plus, to make this an even sweeter deal, when you switch to vaping you can choose any vape juice you like. This means that each puff that you take can taste any way you like — from watermelons to candy flavor, it’s completely up to you.
When it comes to drinking, you don't necessarily have to do something as drastic as cutting out the booze altogether. Something that you can do because it’s far more manageable, however, is to simply take certain nights off each week from drinking. One of the health benefits you will get from now doing so is that you will find yourself putting on less weight.
- Make sure you get 7-9 hours of sleep every night
Tweaking your sleeping pattern to ensure that you get 7-9 hours of sleep a night is an easy lifestyle change that you can make if you set your mind to it. By doing so, your stress levels will be decreased (which then, ultimately, leads to a decrease in your chance of suffering a heart attack), and your chances of suffering from inflammation are reduced.
When it comes to changing your sleeping pattern, you have to be somewhat strict with yourself, both at bedtime and in the morning when you wake up. First, you have to be strict enough to go to bed at a time that’ll see you get at least seven hours of sleep before your alarm rings. Second, on days when you don’t have to necessarily get up at a certain time, you still have to be strict in getting yourself up. Doing this will see you get your hours in and, even more importantly still, it’ll help you to become in-sync with your body clock. The health benefits of doing that are also massive.
- Drink more water
Drinking more water every day is not a difficult task, so don't make it out to be one! All you have to do is put those fix drinks down and pick up a bottle of water instead. By drinking eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day instead of copious amounts of coca-cola you will not find your energy levels rising and lowering uncontrollably, your skin will receive more hydration, and you won’t consume all that sugar that causes weight gain.
- Get moving, even if only a little
Living a sedentary life is not good for your health, so it’s time you got up and started moving. Don’t be too quick to use that age-old excuse about your work life getting in the way, either. There are plenty of ways to get moving even when you’re stuck in an office, like walking up and down the stairs a few times on your lunch break (you might look a bit silly, but it’ll be worth it).
You don’t need to start working out intensely and going on rigorous runs every day, you need only move around a little. All you need to do is get out and get walking. At whatever pace you like, a walk a day will help to keep your cardiovascular system in check and it will help you to fend off weight gain, especially as you age.
- Read the labels… on your beauty products as well as your food
If you want to be truly healthy, you need to know what you're eating and what you’re applying to your skin. This means that you have to read the labels on all the food that you seek to consume and on the makeup products that you want to use. This isn’t such a tough task, is it?
What you should be looking out for when you read your labels is evidence that whatever it is you are consuming or using is organic. If something isn't natural and is instead packed with additives and toxins, don’t use it. By slathering on creams, lotions and potions that full of chemicals, your skin will not react well. It might not impact you at the time, but it sure will later on in life.
- Take probiotics
Introducing probiotic supplements into your daily routine isn't difficult, and it doesn't have to be a confusing venture either. All you need to do is look out for reputable probiotic brands that are proven to get to work when it comes to improving gut health. Then, all you have to do is to take your supplement of choice at certain points in the day. In fact, it doesn't even have to be a supplement — if you don't take kindly to swallowing pills, you can find just as much probiotic goodness in tasty yogurts.
You don't have to make massive changes to the way you live in order to improve your health. As you can see above, even the smallest of changes can result in big benefits.