The day-to-day choices you make influence how healthy you are. These include the foods you eat, the amount of exercise you get and how much stress you allow into your life. While a new lifestyle may seem daunting, making just a few changes can help you become more healthy.
Start by replacing bad habits with good ones. For example, if you smoke on the steps outside your office, try to avoid the area or walk past it when you are tempted to puff away. If you have a tendency to eat too many sugary snacks, instead stock the kitchen with low-fat, high-protein snacks like nuts and seeds, fruits, or yogurt.
Eat a balanced diet containing the five major food groups: low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein. Choose a variety of foods from each group and limit high-fat, high-salt, sugary sauces and toppings like cheese and fatty meats.
Increase the amount of physical activity you do, but don’t push yourself too hard. Do activities you enjoy and build up the intensity gradually.
Find a fitness partner or join a gym class. Having someone to walk or jog with can be motivating, and they can spot you when you’re overdoing it.
Make sure you have a GP (general practitioner) and regular health checkups with other specialists, as needed. Having one person to go to for advice can also make it easier to stick with your healthy habits. Bli mer hälsosam