Six steps to a better you

The Community brings you easy and simple advice to stay healthy and happy
The Community By Indira Kasaeva
Published on August 22, 2015
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You might not have time for beauty sessions and long fitness workouts; however there are small things you can do, that will keep you in top shape. Make these guidelines into a habit and your life will transform for the best. Very often we neglect the most common things, which actually play a crucial role in our lives.

Balanced eating
You should never stay hungry; always have a snack with you. When you stay hungry for long periods of time you’ll most definitely binge eat later on. Instead, choose a proper eating pattern of either three meals a day with snacks or five small meals a day. The right amount of food for one meal is what you can fit into two cupped hands.  And of course, stay away from fast food, sodas and junk food. By following these diet guidelines, you will improve your metabolism, control your weight and keep yourself healthy.

Find alternatives
If you have sugar cravings or a sweet tooth, don’t go on a cake-devouring marathon; instead opt for some dark chocolate. A handful of dark chocolate will satisfy the craving and not cause much damage. If your aim is to stay shape, the same principle goes for physical activities. You may not like the gym, so go running outdoors or enrol into a Zumba class; there are so many options to choose from.

Be active
If you are in good shape, to stay healthy all you need is half an hour of mild exercise a day. Live an active life. Go for a walk to the park, set off on a morning jog, take the stairs or go cycling. Find something that you actually enjoy doing and make it into a habit, but don’t get stuck in the routine. Try out new things once in a while to discover potential new hobbies. You will feel much better after a walk outdoors than after hours in front of the TV. There isn’t an excuse good enough to stay passive all day.

Stay hydrated
Instead of buying water all the time, invest into a good water bottle and keep it with you throughout the day. When you have a bottle standing next to you, you’ll be more inclined to take a drink. An average person should drink eight glasses or 1, 5-2 litres of water per day. If you tend to forget, there are special phone apps that remind you and track your daily water intake.

Beauty sleep
Actually, scratch that… it is health sleep. If you want to stay healthy both mentally and physically, then make it a habit of sleeping 6-8 hours per night. Lack of sufficient sleep has several negative impacts on your health including a weaker immune system and more risk of stress. It is proven that the most beneficial time of night for sleep is from 9pm to midnight. Now try to remember the last time you went to sleep at nine in the evening…

Release stress
There’s no way to avoid it, stressful situations happen all the time. Stress is listed as one of the causes of heart problems, making it a serious health matter. You must find a personal way to release stress and take off any emotional and physical tension that builds up. Options for stress release vary from person to person; it might be a relaxing bath, yoga or a run outdoors. Having a strong support system of family and friends helps; sometimes the best thing to do is to share you worries with a close person.

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