We can always be healthier. There’s always got to be something we can do to improve our health. Health is a complicated thing though. It’s not easy to understand. It can be even harder to improve if you’re sabotaging yourself knowingly or unknowingly.
Every parent wants to be there for their children as long as they can. A healthy lifestyle is required to extend your lifespan though, but people are never really clear on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.
So how can you clean up your act and get healthier?
An active lifestyle can have all kinds of benefits. Your health will improve and so will your appearance. Your mood too. When endorphins are released after a good workout session, your mood will relax with the natural high, and you’ll find yourself calmer and less stressed.
If you’ve got a particularly hard job or are just wound very tightly, blowing off some steam with exercise will be a godsend. It saves you snapping at your children instead.
Kick the Bad Habits
Giving up your vices is a great place to start making changes. Whether you’ve got a smoking habit or like to drink a little too much, you can always find a way of cutting back or quitting altogether.
More serious addictions like drugs are harder just to rid yourself of. Treatment by professionals is needed to get finally off them. Be aware, even if you’re no longer using drugs you are always an addict and can relapse if you let yourself.
There should be treatment centers almost anywhere, with specialist women's drug treatment programs for those more comfortable in a same-sex environment.
Drink More Water
Most people don’t drink enough water. Despite constant reminders of how important hydration is, it seems the message doesn’t always get through to people. A good way to get the water you need is to carry around a big two-litre bottle and consume it steadily over the course of the day.
If that’s a little bit too much for you to take with you, try and have a cup of water every two hours or so. While hot drinks such as tea and coffee have water in them, the caffeine is a diuretic and will flush water out of your system. A cup now and then won’t hurt, but don’t rely on them for hydration.
Change Your Diet
Now we come to the big one, diet. Eat a whole food diet the best you can, and always make sure you’re eating fresh and natural. A few bits of junk food here and there can’t hurt, but you need to make them monthly occurrences at the most. If you really can’t do without a bit of indulgence, switch to something moderately healthy and nutritionally packed.
A large burrito packed full of chicken, black beans, vegetables, and rice is fine. Stay away from anything deep fried though. Always keep it a very rare treat though.
Follow these suggestions, and you’re bound to see a noticeable improvement in how you feel and look. Don’t do it for yourself though, do it for your kids.