It’s the 1st of June, which means the year is almost halfway through.
While most people like to set goals for themselves at the start of the year, don’t let this restrict you. The truth is that any day of the year is just as good as the next when it comes to setting new goals.
Whether it’s eating healthier foods or exercising more often, living a healthier will benefit you no matter what your lifestyle is.
Dedicating yourself to leading a healthier lifestyle is one of the most common goals, and one of the toughest – but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are four simple, yet effective, tips to achieve a healthier lifestyle. These tips are all very easy to implement into your daily routine, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Drink More Water
There are endless health benefits to upping your water intake. Not only will it hydrate you properly and leave your skin looking refreshed, it will help your body flush out harmful toxins.
Cut out sugary drinks, such as sodas and fruit juices, and opt for water instead.
Try to stay away from flavoured water. While it may be labelled as ‘water’, these drinks often contain more sugar than many soft drinks.
Stretching in the morning is the perfect way to get your body going for the day.
By doing a few simple stretches in the morning – no longer than 5 minutes – you will improve the circulation in your body, which will increase the blood flow to your muscles.
More blood in your muscles means that you will have more energy, and more brain power.
Eat Less Meat
As Africans, meat forms a central part of our diets. Whether it’s beef, pork or chicken, you’ll find at least one meat protein on a plate of food for most people.
While meat isn’t bad for you, eating too much of it is.
Consuming less meat and focusing on a plant-based diet will ensure you get more fibre, vitamins and other essential nutrients.
The hormones found in non-organic meat has been proven to be harmful to humans in the long run. Eating less meat will also mean that you consume less calories and fat, which in turn lowers your risk of heart disease.
Give it a try by starting a ‘meat-free Monday’ tradition in your household and slowly phase out meat, ideally only having it only two to three times a week.
Meditation is not tied to a specific religion or exercise, such as yoga.yoga. Meditating by yourself has many benefits, and can be done at any time of the day.
Take 10-15 minutes each day to close your eyes, calm your mind and focus on yourself. It will not only help you to get rid of stress and feel calmer, it will also improve your breathing, which will promote the distribution of oxygen throughout your body.
Whether you do it in the mornings, the evenings, or the middle of the day, meditating for a few minutes a day will improve your all-round health.