Seven Easy Ways To Increase Your Health
Let's face it, we all want to be healthier and live longer, stronger and fuller lives for as long as we possibly can. Did you know humans actually have the potential to live to 120 years?! The oldest living person was a woman whom reached the age of 122 years.
Of course, there are some things we cannot change when it comes to our biological factors such as genetic diseases which increase our risk of becoming unhealthy or gender as women on average live longer than men. This doesn't mean we don't have the ability to further our lives and be happier, fitter and stronger for as long as we possibly can.
Change doesn't happen by reading an article and sitting doing nothing about it, you have to get up and get involved for things to actually have an effect.
1. Get a Fitness App.
Whether it's on your phone, your computer or your tablet, a fitness or healthy eating app is a brilliant way for people to get started with their new healthy lifestyle. If you have a phone that can handle apps, search them up and download one that's best for you. My favourite is called My Fitness Pal which can also be used online as can so many others. You write your own diary, choose whether you want to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight. Log your weighs in, log in everything you eat each day and how much exercise you do and it calculates it for you as well as showing all of your nutritional values.
These apps are great as they encourage people to keep going and are especially good for people who use their phone or tablet a lot. Most of them also offer nutritional tutorials, advice, tips and even recipes for your healthy living and show just what you put in your body. They also calculate calories burned from every exercise you can imagine. You can also add friends and share your progress online!
2. Eat More Seafood.
Seafood? really?! yes. Seafoods such as cod, salmon, tuna and even prawns are excellent especially for people on a diet. The oils promote good health of our brains and can even increase brain functions, especially in children. Fish also contains little fat, especially shellfish such as prawns and cockles. 200g of prawns contains about 134 calories on average, most people for a meal would eat half or a quarter of that making it a low fat option and is highly recommended by most dieticians as it really is beneficial to your body.
Fish is a brilliant source of protein as well as Vitamin D, some B vitamins and can even help people with vision loss due to ageing, it can help prevent heart disease, promotes healthy functioning of the brain as well as being food for the skin. Omega-3 fatty acid is extremely good for you. Oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and sardines are by far the healthiest for our bodies as well as being delicious. Check out some recipes online as there are so many ways to incorporate fish into your diet.
3. Quit Smoking/ Don't Start.
Nobody can argue that smoking is in any way beneficial or healthy to your body. For every fifteen cigarettes you smoke a mutation occurs somewhere in your body. Smoking one cigarette can take SIX MONTHS for your lungs to repair themselves from. Anyone who smokes doesn't realise how bad the smell is and often believes they can completely mask the smokers breath or the smell from their home/clothing. You can't. All cigarettes contain chemicals, nicotine being a highly poisonous and addictive substance to humans as well as other chemicals that are known carcinogens - they cause cancer!
Smoking also inhibits your sense of smell, causes deterioration of the skin quality, damages the immune system, causes yellowing of the skin and fingernails, staining or rotting of the teeth, damages your hair, your taste, as well as all the damage to your internal organs. Smoking doesn't just affect your lungs, it causes harm to your entire body - even your reproductive organs!
Diseases related to smoking:- Cancer of the lungs, throat, mouth as well as an increased risk for ALL other cancer types, infertility/damage to the reproductive system, heart attacks, heart disease, scarring of the lungs, lung disease including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, stroke, high blood pressure, premature ageing of the skin, hair loss, worsens asthma or increases breathing problems, and many more.
4. Get Your Exercise On!
You've probably heard a thousand times that exercise is good for our bodies, combined with a fitness app exercise alone can greatly improve our quality of life. 30 minutes a day is much easier than you think and is the minimum guideline for daily exercise for an adult. 30 minutes could be following a Youtube workout, going to the gym, swimming, having a run, doing a dance routine with friends, a dance mat, horse riding or even yoga. The best thing about exercise is it's free unless you choose to pay. You can do so many workouts from home with no equipment at all, or you can join a club, pay for classes or join a gym.
Jogging on the spot at a moderate/leisurely pace for 31 minutes burns around 205 calories. This is probably one of the easiest ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Jogging in place is great for people who work a lot, don't want to go to the gym or feel embarrassed by going out running. You can do it from the comfort of your own home and it is best done when listening to motivational music or when watching television. You can also use a treadmill.
Getting motivated to exercise can be the hardest thing in the world, but if you find you're bored with a lot of free time, get inspired. Find out what you want your body to look like whether you want to be skinny, toned, put on some weight, refine your shape or just maintain your current weight, there's always an exercise you can do. Once you start you will look and feel much better.
5. Coconuts as a Replacement!
Coconuts are an amazing, cheap and perfect way to promote excellent health. Coconut milk in particular is one of the best things you can drink. It's light, it's fresh, it can be drank alone or with tea, coffee or used with cereal, it is extremely hydrating and it contains about the same amount of calcium as cows milk just with added vitamins and no growth hormones! coconut milk is safe for anyone whom is not allergic to them and is great for your bones as well as your digestive system. As someone who has suffered with IBS for years, coconut milk is one of the only things that makes my stomach better and drinking it greatly improved my digestive tract.
Coconut water is extremely hydrating and is commonly used in health drinks, especially shakes. It contains a lot of vitamins as well as helping to keep your bladder flushed out, thus reducing your chance of a UTI.
Coconuts in food are also brilliant. You can sprinkle them on your cereal, have them on your crackers, buy dried pieces as a snack, drill a hole in a fresh coconut and have the juice, or eat the fresh white meat from inside. As well as being highly beneficial to our bodies, 100g of coconut meat has over 3g or protein!
6. Cut Down or Cut Out Alcohol.
Alcohol is very dehydrating which can put a lot more strain on our kidneys and bladder, often causing irritation which leads to frequent urination as well as dehydrating us rapidly. Not drinking alcohol can also promote healthy skin, decrease symptoms of IBS and other chronic digestive conditions, improve brain functioning, increase energy levels and keep your weight down!
A hangover is your body's way of telling you it is trying to rid itself of a toxin. Vomiting is the most common symptom when our body is trying to urgently purge something poisonous from itself, this can also be applied to stomach virus'. Headaches by hangovers are also caused mainly by dehydration, the same as stomach pain, diarrhoea, dizziness, fainting, blackouts and blurred vision. Beers in particular can cause a lot of weight gain "beer belly" and too much spirit alcohol can also cause problems with prolonged bad breath.
Whilst in a low moderation alcohol can be okay for consumption, no alcohol is still better than some and most people who quit drinking all together feel generally better about themselves and healthier.
7. Lose, Gain, Maintain.
It is also very important for our health that we are a healthy weight. There are a lot of "fat shaming" and "skinny shaming" things about at the moment but what we have to remember is not just our confidence or our happiness, but our health. Your health is far more important than your outward appearance. Being very underweight and being very overweight are both as bad as each other and NEITHER are healthy.
There is a huge difference between being skinny and being SKINNY just the same as there is a difference between being overweight and obese. Being a little underweight is not usually "unhealthy" the same as being a little overweight is not usually "unhealthy". We have to ignore the internet memes about dogs and bones or curves and fat and assess how we feel and what our body is telling us.
If you are happy and healthy with your body the way it is then maintain it! if you are unhappy then lose some weight or gain some weight. Just as long as you are doing it carefully and doing what is best for your health rather than your appearance you will be fine.