There is no shortcut or a secret fruit to a lifelong state of health. It takes time and effort to get in fit and stay in good health. But if you follow these tips you’ll be able to reap the benefits.
1. Prepare your food
The secret to a good diet is using your weekends wisely. Use the extra time you have on Saturday and Sunday to prepare your own meals. Making large batches of healthy meals that you can portion up to cover at least a couple of midweek lunches and dinners, avoiding the takeaways, can do magic for health and well-being.
2. Do fusion exercises
Diversity is the spice of life, and many sports and activities support each other in ways you don’t even realise until you try it. For example, strength training for your legs and core will make you a better runner, while those addicted to dumbbells will find Pilates works muscles in ways they’d never even considered.
3. Use health trackers
Keep an eye on the targets. Adjust the steps, active minutes and calorie targets regularly to build on your progress, or make them more realistic if you never get close and have started to ignore them. If you don’t engage with your fitness tech, you’ll quickly discard it.
4. Follow activity not comfort
It’s the oldest quick fitness fix in the book: take the stairs not the escalator, or get off the bus a stop early and walk. Any activity is good activity, and will only encourage you to do more.
5. Munch on Fruit and Veg
Eating at least five portions of fruit and veg a day should be at the cornerstone of your healthy diet plan. What’s not wise is getting in a rut and eating the same five every day, because different types of fruit and veg contain different vitamins and minerals. A good way to vary your five-a-day is to eat different colours, as the hue is a decent indication of the nutrients they contain.
6. Take your sleep serious
There is tendency for people who sleep very little to brag about it, as if it’s an indication of their commitment to life. However, getting the full seven to eight hours is vital to a healthy lifestyle, as it provides the energy for your exercise and even influences dietary choices – a 2016 study found that in the day following a night of limited sleep, people ate an extra 385 calories on average. You don’t snooze, you lose.