A healthy lifestyle isn’t just about exercising more and eating better. It covers how you feel both physically and mentally, the level of hygiene for yourself and your environment, and the decisions you make in day to day activities.
We have decided to put together a list of 50 ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Take a look and make some changes to how you live your life.
#1 Take the stairs instead of the lift
Taking the stairs instead of the lift is a great way to live a healthier lifestyle. It allows you to do additional exercise by working the muscles in your lower body along with working your cardiovascular system.
#2 Walk to the shop
We all take our cars for granted. They get us there quicker, and it requires less effort, but cars are damaging our overall health. A simple change like walking to your local shop to pick up a few things is a minor change that makes a major difference. Get out of that car and walk them streets.
#3 Parking in a car parking spot further away
We are all suckers for doing this, but it is just down right lazy. Driving in to a car park to circle around for 5 minutes waiting for someone to leave so you can get a close spot. To you it may make sense as you may not have to walk as far but you have just wasted 5 minutes of your life, and are doing less exercise. Park in a space that is available when you first drive in, regardless as to how close it is to where you want to go. It saves time and keeps you healthy.
#4 Squat while the kettle is on
Squatting while you are waiting to make a hot drink is a great way to do some resistance training for your lower body. The legs are the foundations to the rest of our body and we need to keep them strong.
#5 Cook from scratch
Cooking from scratch enables you to know exactly what is going in to your meal, meaning you know exactly what is going in to your body. There are so many hidden ingredients in ready meals that your body isn’t a major fan of.
#6 Award yourself with activities instead of food
We all reward ourselves for pretty much anything these days. If you have had a busy day at work, you will reward yourself with some chocolate or a treat. Aim to reduce your rewards as this will make you work harder and appreciate the reward more. A great way of doing this is by rewarding yourself with a greater reward/experience. Rewards like a trip to the coast, a romantic night away, or a massage are great ideas as you have a great experience, and look forward to the next one.
#7 Work towards 10000 steps
Walking 10000 steps is a great way to just get out and include more activity in your life. If you drive to work, sit at a desk all day, then sit on the sofa all evening, then you may struggle to even hit 2000 steps. Covering 10000 steps reduces your risk of heart disease, along with various other health benefits.
#8 Do some housework
Doing housework is a great way to keep active and keep your house free from dust. Our respiratory tract does a great job at protecting dust from getting in to the lungs but some smaller particles may get there. Do some cleaning and eliminate the risk.
#9 Attend a fitness class
Attending a fitness class is a great way to exercise while having fun (depends which class you pick). You can attend these classes with friends and receive the support and motivation you need by the class instructor, and the rest of the class.
#10 Walk around every 30 minutes if you work in an office
For those of you who work in an office, you are already sitting down for too long. It works out that people who work in an office, sit for 75% of the day. If you aim to get up and walk around the office, or down to reception, then it will prevent you from sitting down for too long. If you have breaks then take a 10 minute walk to get some movement and gather your thoughts.
#11 Get out in the garden
Doing gardening can be hard work. It is a great way to get some fresh air while doing some manual labour. It also gives you a great sense of achievment when you have completed a task. It also allows you to enjoy your garden on sunny days.
#12 Eat all colours of fruit and vegetables
Each colour of fruit and vegetables brings something different to the table. Different vitamins and minerals are in different colours so it is important to include all colours in your diet. These vitamins and minerals allow the body to function properly.
#13 Eat Fish
Fish is loaded with important nutrients such as protein, good fats, and vitamin D. Fish is also the best source of omega 3 fatty acids which are important for your brain and body.
#14 Skip fast food and takeaways
Skip fast food and your body will thank you later. Fast food can cause heart disease, strokes, raised cholesterol, and can also lead to obesity. It is best to stay clear from fast foods and takeaways as much as possible. There are many alternatives with healthy food chains popping up on each high street. These offer practical food but made in a healthy way containing foods such as salmon, quinoa, vegetables, etc.
#15 Eat nuts and seeds
Eating nuts and seeds is not a common food for most to consume. Try eating them on a regular basis as they contain natural sources of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, and fibre. Nuts and seeds improve the health of our heart and brain.
#16 Take part in a bootcamp
Bootcamps are great way to keep fit. They also tend to be done outdoors by an ex military servicemen. If you like motivation in the form of shouting, and you also like crawling round in the mud, then bootcamps may be for you.
#17 Enter a local 10km run
A local 10km run is a great way to set a goal. You can also do these races for charity, so you are helping yourself and helping others at the same time. By signing up for a race months in advance, it allows you to train, and gets you in to a routine leading up to the event. They are a great way to improve your cardiovascular fitness.
#18 Discover a sport
Get out there and find a sport you enjoy participating in. This could be an individual sport such as running, or it could be a team sport such as football. They are a great way to improve your fitness, have fun, and meet new people.
#19 Take time away from the computer
We live in a world where staring at a computer screen is normal. Overall though sat down staring at a screen is not good for our health, both mentally and physically. Take time out, go for a walk, talk to people.
#20 Do exercise when watching TV
With the likes of binge series watching on Netflix these days being the norm, it is hard to get off that sofa and do some well needed exercise. Using a static exercise bike is a great way to stay seated, keep the head still so you can watch breaking bad, and exercise all at the same time.
#21 Get some Sun
Getting some sun, whether it be out in the garden or a trip abroad is good for your health. Mentally it makes everyone happier. Have you noticed how everyone is nice when the sun comes out? Our bodies also absorb Vitamin D which is essential for absorbing calcium and keeping our bones healthy.
#22 Socialise with friends
Socialising is a great way to discuss your problems, have some fun, and interact with other people. It makes us happier, reduces stress, and decreases the risk of depression. Stop interacting with friends on social media and go see them face to face.
#23 Clean the fridge
Eliminate any bacteria in the fridge to keep you from getting ill. Try to wipe down the fridge weekly to avoid the likes of diarrhoea, salmonella, and e-coli.
#24 Take a break
Take a break whenever you can. Find a quiet, relaxing spot and just take a moment. These breaks just give your body time to get some energy back and clear your mind.
#25 Drink more water
Drinking water keeps the body well hydrated. This allows the body to complete various bodily functions and to replace water lost through breathing, sweating, and digestion.
#26 Laugh more
Laughing decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells to resist diseases. Laughing just makes everything better as it boosts your mood and can help with anxiety and depression.
#27 Reduce Salt
Eating too much salt can increase your blood pressure that can lead on to other health problems. Reduce your salt intake to prevent this from happening.
#28 Join a running club
Joining a running club is a great way to get more exercise in to your life. Running in a group is a great way to stick to a routine, increase your fitness, and socialise with like minded people.
#29 Drink hot water and lemon
Drinking hot water and lemon in the morning is a great way to help your digestive system while giving you a boost of vitamin C.
#30 Get a pet
Having a pet like a cat or dog can be extremely healthy for you as they boost your mood. In doing so they can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Only get a pet if you are serious about it and are willing to take care of it, and give it a healthy lifestyle too.
Meditating is a great way to reduce stress, improve concentration, and helps you exercise more control over your emotions. It gives you strength to deal with the stress of life and the hardships we come across in our day to day life.
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints.
#33 Go Organic
Organic foods are richer in certain nutrients and contain fewer pesticides. Along with this they are also better for the environment which has an effect on your overall health.
#34 Reduce Sugar
Consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, which increases your risk of health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
#35 Eat more fibre
Fibre can help prevent heart disease and diabetes. It can also improve your digestive and bowel health.
#36 Walk to work
Easy when the sun is out, walking to work is a great way to keep active. It also eliminates stressful situations such as sitting in the morning traffic. This will keep you active, reduce stress, and make you feel happier.
#37 Find time for family
Spending time with family members is a great way to socialise, discuss any issues, have fun, and be happy. When you are all happy then it creates a positive environment to be in.
#38 Stop eating when you feel full
Listen to the cues that your body gives you. When it tells you it is full then stop eating. This will prevent you from gaining weight, feeling bloated, and just feeling horrible.
#39 Reduce alcohol intake
The long term risks of drinking alcohol are liver disease, heart disease, and strokes. By drinking too much you can also notice weight gain, tiredness, and become depressed.
#40 Brush your teeth
The bacteria build up from your mouth can travel down in to the bloodstream increasing the risk of cholesterol build up in the arteries. It also prevents you from getting gum disease while making you feel minty fresh.
#41 Remove Negativity
It may seem easier said than done, but removing any negativity from your life is a path to a peaceful life. Negativity could be the people you surround yourself with, and negative situations could be things like your job or riding a packed train.
#42 Take time eating meals
Sit down at the table and eat your meal. Take time for your body to digest its food, chew your food properly, and just enjoy what you are eating.
#43 Go on holiday
A bit of vitamin D in a sunny environment is a great way to take time out of your busy schedule, reduce stress, reduce fatigue, and feel good.
#44 Do Yoga
Yoga increases flexibility, improves your cardio and circulatory health, and improves your respiration, energy and vitality.
#45 Cut down on processed foods
Processed foods tend to contain a high sugar or salt content. Aim to consume whole foods, and if something has a long shelf life then it will more than likely have many preservatives in it.
#46 Get out in the wilderness
Take some time out to discover new scenery in the countryside. It is good for you both physically and mentally as it gives you a bit of peace and quiet while adding more exercise in to your lifestyle.
#47 Get off the sofa
Too many people are sat down on the sofa all night long. Yes we have busy days but getting up and doing activities with people is a great way to to enjoy yourself, socialise, and add more movement.
#48 Cut out fizzy drinks
Cutting out fizzy drinks encourages you to drink more water. Fizzy drinks also tend to have a ridiculous amount of sugar in them which is not really needed.
#49 Read a joke a day
By reading a joke a day, you will feel happier and ease up a bit. Too many people are serious all the time, and that just isn’t healthy at all.
#50 Chill out
Read a book, paint a picture, or do a crossword. These are all great ways to just chill out and train that brain of yours.
In conclusion, there are many ways to live a healthier lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is both physical and mental. These changes aren’t drastic so you should be able to find something that works for you. We have also included some strange ones to get you to think about your options a little more.
It would be great to hear what you think about our suggestions, and we would also like to hear your own ways of leading a healthier lifestyle.