It should be not be obvious why you have to change your unhealthy lifestyle but so many people I talk to about their health sometimes think they lead a reasonably healthy lifestyle. Small bad habits can quickly make a normally healthy lifestyle an unhealthy one. Make sure you’re incorporating the following good habits into your lifestyle starting from today!
The overwhelming majority of adults in England have such an unhealthy lifestyle they put their lives at risk, according to Health Survey for England 2017.
The Health Survey for England (HSE) is an important annual survey looking at changes in the health and lifestyles of people all over the country.
It found that many people eat too much, drink too much and don’t get enough exercise.
One thing I can guarantee is that your lifestyle is indeed affecting your health? Whether good or bad.
A bad, unhealthy lifestyle is responsible for a plethora of health problems that plague today’s society including many chronic diseases. Don’t take my word for it, read this article Causes of Chronic Diseases.
On the other hand, a healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of various illnesses and diseases.
A good lifestyle would see you with lots of energy, no pain, no prescriptions, in fact you would be healthy.
I want you to just imagine for a moment …
Not having to buy jeans a size larger than last year…
Feeling focused and alert without caffeine or energy drinks…
Ending your struggle with digestive problems, such as acid reflux, IBS and diarrhoea…
Easily handling whatever life throws your way… without feeling anxious, stressed or depressed…
Going to bed and immediately dropping off to sleep… waking the next morning, fully rested…
It requires you to change your lifestyle habits. To get rid of an unhealthy lifestyle and create a healthy one.
“A healthy lifestyle is making the best daily life choices to preserve good health and well-being, lowering the risk of being seriously ill or dying early.”Larry Lewis
Check out our very popular article: What is a Healthy Lifestyle?
These new habits need to include:
8 hours sleep,
That’s just for starters.
You already knew that a healthy lifestyle would mean giving your body good food, rest, and the exercise it needs to keep in good condition.
I’m not saying you have any of those truly unhealthy lifestyle habits.
You know the ones:
Having a poor diet one that is high in processed foods, animal proteins, simple carbohydrates, sugars and bad fats
But, if you do, the costs of an unhealthy lifestyle with smoking, drinking too much alcohol and an unhealthy diet are widely known, with consequences ranging from heart disease and type 2 diabetes through to many types of cancer.
Let me say this again, some of the most prevalent causes of illness, disease, and death – including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes – are all heavily influenced by an unhealthy lifestyle.
Unfortunately, the statistics are depressing to see, it shows how many people are living an unhealthy lifestyle.
- A third of adults drink more than the recommended levels of alcohol
- A third of men and a half of women do not get enough exercise
- Nearly two-thirds of adults and 28% of under-15s are overweight or obese
- Only a quarter of adults eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables each day
- Nearly a third of people have high blood pressure
- Children consume three times the level of sugar they should, adults more than twice
- The average person consumes 7.2g of salt – the recommended level is 6g
The good news is that by making healthy lifestyle choices, you’re making positive long-term changes to your health and well-being.
So, if you have an unhealthy lifestyle then it is time for you to take responsibility for your own health, and this requires lifestyle changes.
You need to practice self-care. Self-care is defined as “the actions people take for themselves and their families to promote and maintain good health and wellbeing and to take care of their self-treatable conditions.”
Now I do know that many of you want to make the right changes, but there is where the problems start. You already knew you had an unhealthy lifestyle. Made the decision to change and then began to research. When you began exploring to find what constitutes a healthy lifestyle you found yourself getting more and more confused by both conflicting information and a lot of total nonsense people seem to write.
To be honest implementing a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be that difficult or complicated.
Let me give you a few very simple tips.
Do not Smoke;
Exercise 3.5 hours per week;
Eat a healthy diet (high intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain bread and low meat consumption);
(I’m going to add that a Vegan Diet is definitely the healthiest choice. A vegan diet refers to a diet that does not consume animal products or any animal-derived products, such as eggs, milk, cheese, and any other kinds of dairy products. Vegans base their nutrition on plant-based foods only, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts. It is the healthiest diet by a mile)
Keep a positive mind and positive outlook;
Get 8 hours of sleep a night;
Drink 2 litres of water;
Allot at least 30 minutes of meditation a day to help you attain a better mental health;
Live a balanced lifestyle considering all aspects of your life: relationships, work, fitness and health, and emotional well-being.
Is it worth you doing these things?
Absolutely! It will combat health conditions and diseases, enhances mood and well-being, boosts one’s energy, and promotes better and quality sleep.
Change your life, today! Making a change is one of the hardest things a person can do, but the benefits of a healthy lifestyle make it all worthwhile, while the costs of being unhealthy are prohibitive.
So what activities and practices do you engage in on a regular basis to maintain and enhance our health and well-being?