Do you know a person who doesn’t want to be healthy? Probably not. We all want to be in shape, have low cholesterol and blood sugar, and look good, but sadly not many people do what it takes to achieve these goals. Sometimes we even blame others for what is actually our own mistake, because we stick to bad habits or swap one bad habit with another and healthy life simply eludes us. Is there any way to change this? Of course there is.
Sit down, relax
We get up, drive to work, sit in our offices for long hours, drive back home, get frustrated because there is a traffic jam, and finally sit on the couch to watch TV. Do you see a pattern? We sit too much, and it is affecting our health terribly without us even noticing. People who sit that much have cardiovascular problems, blood pressure problems, high cholesterols and lower back pain. All these symptoms grouped together are referred to as the ‘sitting disease’ and it is not easily solved by spending an hour at the gym every other day. Instead, try to walk as much as possible, walk around the office, use the stairs at work, park a couple of blocks further and walk to the office… All these things might make you feel tired in the beginning, but later on you will love it.
There are days when your body is dying to eat something sweet, and sometimes you indulge, choosing candy bars and ice cream. Pangs of guilt afterwards are inevitable, and you think you will never leave this vicious circle. Think again: there are so many healthy sweets and snacks out there, that you will never have to reach for sugar-filled ones ever again.
Make pancakes with Soy Protein instead of traditional ones and cover them with maple syrup and fresh fruit. This will be a healthy and sweet meal but it will also make you healthier and satisfy your hunger pangs better. Emergency sweets: dip any sort of fruit into honey and have a bite – your body will be grateful for choosing the healthy alternative. The truth is that your body craves sugar, but it is not your cravings which make you reach for ultra-processed foods, it’s your eyes and mind.
How do we relax after a long and stressful day at work? We watch our favourite TV show or a good movie. However, it can easily turn to binge watching and we can end up glued to the screen for hours. Even though a couple of hours in front of the TV is not necessarily bad for you, day after day of doing it will inevitably affect your cognitive function. Children are not the only ones whose time in front of the TV should be limited, adults should control their time too. Spend some quality time with your friends and family instead, this will be a much better (and healthier) solution.
It’s understandable: you’re tired, you don’t have time, you’re on a diet, or you’re just lazy in the morning. Sadly, by skipping the first meal of the day you can only gain weight, and get stressed. Breakfast will keep your blood sugar higher and you will have more energy, and by eating a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast your metabolism will speed up too. What is more, by skipping breakfast you will eat more later, thus gaining more weight.
Even the smallest details matter when it comes to the big picture, so keeping a couple of bad habits may be just the thing preventing you from reaching your goal. Stay focused and strong, if you have decided to change your life for the better and adopt healthy habits, stick to your decision. It may be difficult at first, but as more time passes you will realize there are improvements to be noticed and this will motivate you to keep going until you fulfil your dreams.
Written by Samantha Oliver
Samantha Olivier has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogospere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on Twitter at or in a tea shop. Connect with @sam_olivier_ on Twitter.
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