The To-Do List For Living A Healthy Life
September 26, 2016 | Greg Holder
We are becoming obsessed with living a
healthy life. We count our steps, we track our sleep and we try to eat a
balanced diet. Many of us even monitor our heart rates on a daily basis.
With modern technology to assist us, we’re
getting pretty good at it. As a fitness coach, I have noticed a shift towards
better awareness and behaviours when it comes to health.
The thing is, the complete definition of
healthy is often overlooked. It’s not just about physical fitness, it’s ‘a
complete state of physical, mental and social well being.’
Physical health gets the lion’s share of
attention but to truly live a healthy life, we need to look at the bigger
It sounds simple enough but when we lead
busy lives, we sometimes need a little nudge.
So here are some quick and easy tips to add
to your to-do list that will help you truly live a healthier life:
Drink water regularly. Even being
slightly dehydrated causes us to have lower energy levels, stiffer joints and heightened
blood pressure. You need around 6-8 glasses of water every day.
Get up from your chair at least
every 2 hours. Just walking at 3mph can more than double your metabolism.
Practice mindfulness every day,
make time to be alone with your thoughts and connect with the things you find
Do something active everyday,
even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Make sure it’s something that gets your heart
Keep in touch with your friends
outside of work, even if you’re time poor. Maintaining good relationships can
make a huge difference to your heath and happiness.
Eat balanced meals containing
lean protein, healthy fats, natural carbohydrates and plenty of vegetables.
Choose natural foods and avoid
anything processed. Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t
recognise as food!
Take regular breaks!
Sleep 7-8 hours every night. Avoid
blue light (light from screens like tv and phone) 30 minutes before going to
bed to avoid adrenaline and cortisol release which disturbs sleep.
Laugh lots. It’s “good for the
soul” and comes with all sorts of health benefits like boosting your immune
system, reducing anxiety and decreasing pain symptoms.