Most of us would like to have a healthier lifestyle, but when we’re all so busy, prioritising yourself over everything else isn’t as easy as it seems.
A 2017 survey by Livelighter showed that tons of Australians want to be healthier but so many of us still fall short of the mark. The main reason? Let’s face it… doing everything ‘right’ can be a drag, and most of the time life just seems to get in the way.
But a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a huge disruption on your routine. Here at Nimble, we’re giving you the low-down on 7 super simple things we can all start doing right NOW to improve our health and wellbeing.
Sleep isn’t optional, so get the ZZZ’s you need
Experts recommend that the average adult should get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night (and no, watching Netflix in bed doesn’t count). It’s time to wake up to the realisation that most of us probably don’t get enough.
Getting the right amount of sleep affects your metabolism, memory and of course, how much energy you have throughout the day. As an added bonus, it also means you’ll get sick less often and have reduced risk of health problems like diabetes or heart disease. The importance and impact of sleep on our everyday lives can seriously not be overstated!
So stop scrolling through your social media, turn off the TV and when you get into bed, actually close your eyes and get some rest.
For ways to maximise your sleep routine, head on over to the Sleep Foundation.
Get some colour on your plate
Find it hard to keep track of what foods are and aren’t considered “healthy”?
You’re not alone. There is a big split between the type of foods the Australian public think are healthy and what the average nutritionist will say. And then the latest hot new diet comes along and makes it even more difficult to keep up.
Well, we’ve got a super quick trick for you that will help you eat well without having to memorise what hour of the day is best to eat carbs or how to activate the micronutrients in your broccoli.
All you have to do is eat a rainbow every day (cue confused looks).
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet are the colours of the rainbow and the colours of a varied and healthy diet. We could bore you with the science of why nutrients and minerals give fruit and vegetables their different colours, but all you really need to know is that eating a colourful palette works!
One catch: the colours have to be natural..like carrots, bananas, oranges, apples, corn, etc. So before you think that Skittles can help you ‘taste the rainbow’, let us be the first to tell you that it CAN’T!
Breathe your way to better health
Take a breath. In through the nose and out through the mouth. Well done, you’re already on your way to a healthier you.
You breathe every day but how often do you actually think about it? Seriously, take another breath, a nice long deep one, feel your chest fill up, hold it, then exhale slowly.
Breathing can do more for you than just keep you alive. Deep conscious breath can reduce stress, and even provide feelings of euphoria. It’s like doing yoga without the time commitment and sweaty floor mats.
Find more breathing for relaxation techniques here.
Get moving any way you can
OK, now we’re going to talk about exercise. If that makes you anxious, take a moment to breathe. Feel better? You’re welcome.
The big hurdle most people face when trying to be more active is thinking they need to go straight from couch-potato to gym-junkie. There are no rules when it comes to being more active other than ‘doing something is better than doing nothing’.
Maybe you go to the gym, and that’s great, but the point is to set yourself a goal no matter how small. It could be taking the stairs instead of the lift, or doing 10 push-ups when you wake up in the morning. Whatever small step you choose, just know you are taking one in the right direction.
Head up, shoulders back
Hey! Sit up straight, we see you hunching! And no, we don’t have to be peering through your window to know this because slouching is something most of us do, MOST of the time!
If this feels uncomfortable, that’s your body’s way of telling you that your posture could be better.
So straighten up, get your shoulders over your hips, improve your circulation and breathing, and look taller. Pop a little sticky note on your computer to remind yourself. After a few weeks, you’ll wonder how you ever used to sit so curled over.
Catch some rays on a daily basis
The sun gives us many things, life, warmth, light – but also vitamin D.
While being sun smart is extremely important, getting some sun can also help boost your vitamin D levels which is surprisingly a common deficiency in Australia. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to heart disease, depression, and weight gain.
So pop on your sunscreen and a hat and get a bit of sun! Even go for a walk to combine getting your vitamin D and exercise in the same activity (look at you, you little multitasker!).
Getting and staying healthy is a lifelong goal, and the best time to start was yesterday! There’s no need to focus on having washboard abs or a booty like J-Lo, and feeling like you’re failing if you don’t get there. Just focus on being healthier than you were last month. Got any other simple tips, drop us a comment below.
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