32 little changes to help you live a healthier lifestyle

You might want to get fitter, focus on fat loss, or just be a healthier person. Here are a huge heap of tips that will help you get on the right track without too much effort at all.

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Depending on your lifestyle, tastes and your goals, some of these might be more relevant than others.

Park further away – Park your car at the top of the multi-storey or in the spaces furthest from the supermarket.

Play – Play with your kids or your pets. Go to the park and swing on the monkey bars. Get a Kinect or a Wii.

Improve your posture – Just sit up and stand up straight. You’ll look and feel better.

Climb a tree – My favourite thing to do.

IMG_9307Use a pedometer – I have a Jawbone UP and just being able to see how many steps I’m taking a day makes me more aware of how much or little I’m moving.

Up the weight – If you already go to the gym and are doing 30 reps with piddly little weights. Stop. Lift heavy. Heavy enough that you’re struggling by the last rep in a 10-12 rep set.

Compete with yourself – Did you walk 20 miles last month? Try for 25 this month.

Cut out one piece of bad food – Cut out your Wednesday chocolate bar. You don’t need to cut out everything. Start small.

Plan your meals – Before you do your weekly shop, take a little time to plan your meals. It’ll help you to eat better.

More vegetables – Just add an extra portion of veg to each meal. They’re packed full of nutrients.

Spice it up – Hot spices such as chilli will help speed up your metabolism.

IMG_0113_editedWalk – Feeling stressed or on the verge of a binge? Go for a walk.

Zombies. Run! – This amazing app is a game that will get you running. If you’re not capable of running, there’s a Zombies. Run couch to 5k app that will get you from walking to running.You get so immersed in the story that you’re brain doesn’t have the chance to tell you that you’re tired. You just keep running!

Water – Drink more water. It’s amazing how many of us are dehydrated. Just upping your water intake can help you to lose weight (although it is just water weight and no fat, you’re losing).

Stop weighing – The point above is a good reminder that the scales aren’t always accurate. Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week. Less regularly than that if possible.

Do it with friends – Want to get more active or eat better? Get a friend to do it too so you can cheer each other on.

Have a little bit less – Portion size is a huge part of weight loss. Just make a small change to the size of your meals and you’ll see a difference.

Sit on a stability ball – Replacing your desk chair with a stability ball will stop you from slouching and strengthen your core muscles.

Dance – Dancing is amazing exercise. Take a class, dance around the living room, or go to a club.

Cut out alcohol – Alcohol is full of empty calories. If you don’t want to cut it out all together, just try to reduce how much you drink.

Switch to wholemeal – Not just bread but pasta and rice too. It’s better for your blood sugar levels, contains more fibre and can do wonders for your heart.

IMG_0357Breakfast – Yes, it’s important. Eat something full of protein. Lean bacon, fried eggs, beans and mushrooms trumps a ‘healthy’ sugar-laden muesli.

More lean protein – Try and get more lean protein into your diet. (Chicken sandwich rather than cheese. Ham to snack on instead of crisps.)

Eat clean – This isn’t as difficult as it might sound. Cut out processed food from your diet and try to eat more fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.

Take up Geocaching – This is a fun way to get the whole family outside. It’s essentially one bit treasure hunt. Take a look at www.geocaching.com for details.

IMG_8997Go paleo – Even going part paleo will make a huge difference to how you feel. Take a look at this guide from Nerd Fitness for details.

Green tea – Get your caffeine kick from green tea. It’s got so many health benefits. It’s full of antioxidants, will help hydrate you and can boost your metabolism too.

Cut out sugary drinks – If you love your fizzy drinks perhaps cut down to diet versions. If you can, though, cut out fizzy drinks all together. Even the sweeteners used in diet drinks can give you insulin spikes that make you feel hungry.

High intensity interval training (HIIT) – This might not be a low effort way of getting healthy but you can make your workouts shorter and more effective by training in intervals. This might be jogging for a minute, sprinting for 30 seconds and so on.

Yoga and pilates – If you’re looking for a low impact way to get into exercise then try taking a yoga or pilates class. Both are great for posture, strength and flexibility.

Meditate – Taking time to sit quietly and push away all thoughts can really help you to relax and process your thoughts.

Sleep – When we sleep our bodies repair. It’s an integral part to any healthy lifestyle and all the more important if you exercise regularly.

If you have anything to add, let me know in the comments!

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