I think nowadays people forget to take care of their bodies very easily. We have to be at work so early that we don’t have time for breakfast. We are sometimes too busy to make lunch, so we just go and grab some fast food. Not even mentioning that “no one has enough time to go to the gym.” We tend to just make the easier choices in our everyday lives, even if they are the unhealthy ones.
But maybe it can be just as easy to make some healthier choices. It IS very important to pay attention to your health, and you can do that by the simplest things. I have collected some very easy tips that you can follow to take care of your body, without having to spend hours in the kitchen or at the gym. If you can make these habits a small part of your busy schedule, then you have done something for your health. It is more than nothing, right? And your body will definitely thank you for it.
Have a nice breakfast!
For me, the easiest way to get a little bit healthier is to have a great breakfast. Eat something that fills you up and fuels you throughout the day, such as oatmeal! Don’t worry; I know it sounds plain but you can make it delicious very easily. Flavour with some protein powder, and sweeten with honey or jam. Add some fruits (right now grapes, pears, peach and plums are in season in my country, they are delicious!). Have a cup of tea or coffee with it. You can even add a tablespoon of chia seeds for some extra energy. I can guarantee oatmeal like this will keep you energized until the afternoon.
You definitely do not need to spend hours and hours at the gym, and it is not necessary to train too hard every day. You can keep in shape even if you are not following any training guides at the moment, or you don’t go to classes anymore. The best tip that I can give is not to force anything. Don’t think that you “HAVE TO do some exercise or you will be fat”. Thoughts like this will just make it feel obligatory, and if you are like me, obligatory means that you will never do it.
So you should just figure out what you want to do at the moment. Would it be nice to go jogging in the sunny weather? Would you like to take your dog for a long walk? Or would you like to jump into the pool and swim for a little bit?
See? Thinking about the pool already made me want to go swimming. Just imagine what you will feel like, and do what you want to do. If you can only sacrifice 30 minutes of your day, it will be worth it, you will feel more energized and healthier all day.
Drink enough water!
Moisturizing your body from the inside is just as important as from the outside. If you have headaches from stress, water is the cure for that. I won’t advise you to drink exactly 2l of water every day, because everyone’s needs are different. Start your day by drinking one or two glasses of water. Then, every time you get thirsty or you remember to do it (like every 1-2 hours), drink a small amount. After a while, you will feel how much or how often you need it. Have a few bottles of water in your office, or take them to school, so that you can drink any time.
It is also much healthier than soft drinks. Those contain so much unnecessary sugar, and the empty calories will just make you even thirstier. It is the same with bottled ice tea or sugary fruit juices. If you don’t like water or you get bored with it, make some green tea. If you want something sweet to drink, try strawberry flavoured green tea and add honey to it. It is delicious!
Change to healthy alternatives!
Did you know that rye bread can be even more delicious than white bread? And it is much better for you! If you are used to eating white bread and pasta, try to slowly change them to wholemeal alternatives. If you haven’t tried sweet potatoes, you should definitely do that! If you have sweet tooth, buy dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Sweeten your tea with honey instead of sugar. You will be surprised how quickly you will get used to these little habits.
Even those who are on a diet cannot do it without occasional cheat meals. It is absolutely okay sometimes to eat a little bit too much chocolate, or eat that large pizza alone. Just don’t do that every day, try to have a balanced lifestyle. If you ate healthy foods all day, you can eat a bar of chocolate in the afternoon without any guilt, if that’s what you want. The point is, don’t stress over it. Let yourself be comfortable with the foods you eat, even if it’s not the healthiest. If you are still active, and don’t indulge all the time, you will be fine.
I really hope these tips will help you find inspiration to get a little bit healthier. You can see now that it doesn’t take too much effort to be active and health-conscious. I hope you will find time in your everyday life to follow some of these tips, and you will make some healthier choices. If you have any other ideas or tips regarding this topic, please let me know in the comments!
Have a nice and active day!