Making big life changes can be difficult, trying to be healthier, lose weight or give up bad habits aren’t easy changes to make, especially not at the same time. However, there are smaller lifestyle changes you can make which together will make a big difference.
I have put together a list of 5 healthier lifestyle switches you can make to improve your health and overall well-being. It’s never too late to make a change, so why not pick one or two changes below to implement in your life.
Switch cigarettes for vaping
Over the last few years vaping has increased in popularity as a healthier alternative to smoking. E-cigarettes have less harmful chemicals in them compared to cigarettes and as a result people have been making the move to vaping.
As well as being a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, vaping has also been used by a lot of people to help them quit smoking. An expert independent evidence review published by Public Health England showed that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than smoking normal tobacco. So if you have thought about making the switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes why not give it a try today. You can buy ecig kits online and have the products sent directly to your door.
Switch fizzy drinks for squash/water
Although drinking coke or other similar sugar laden fizzy drinks will give you a short term energy boost, in the long run it will do you more harm than good. You will feel the initial benefit of the caffeine and sugar, you might get a short lived energy boost, but what it gives you with one hand it takes away with the other in the form of a sugar crash which will leave you tired and irritated. The best thing you can do is to switch your afternoon coke for a squash or water, or stop drinking the fizzy juice completely.
I know from personal experience that giving up fizzy drinks isn’t easy, but I can tell you it’s worthwhile. After you stop drinking the fizzy juice and it leaves your system you will notice that you no longer have the mid afternoon slump. Another reason to give up your afternoon fizzy drink is the calories it contains. Often we forget about the calories that soft drinks have and over time drinking even one can a day can lead to weight gain. There’s also the damage it will do to your teeth over time as the acid in the drink will erode the enamel on your teeth. Stopping isn’t easy, but it is worthwhile.
Switch take-aways for home cooking
We all enjoy the odd take-away, but if you’re finding yourself calling your favourite take-away every other day or they know you by name, it might be time to make a change. Why not switch every second take-away for a home cooked take-away style meal. There are thousands of recipes online for fake-away style meals, why not try the KFC style chicken, Big Mac in a bowl or a tasty Chinese fake-away.
Even switching every second take-away will make a difference. It will help you consume less calories and also let you create delicious meals at home that the whole family will enjoy.
Switch the escalator for the stairs
Making small changes can turn into a big change over a period of time. You can help improve your fitness and even lose a few lbs by making simple switches such as walking to the shop instead of taking the car and using the stairs instead of the escalator. These are small changes which are easy to make and won’t need a lot of time, or effort to change. Sometimes, it’s the smallest changes that make the biggest difference.
Switch off your gadgets and get back to basics
There’s no denying that gadgets play a big role in our lives, mobile phone, laptops, iPads and iPods, the list goes on. Gadgets can be great at helping us stay in touch with people, work on the go and let us listen to our favourite music when we’re out and about, but they do have their drawbacks. They can make use less focused, feel disconnected and leave us stressed when we can’t switch off.
If you’re finding yourself spending too much time on your gadgets and online, why not consider a digital detox. Turn off your phone, shut down your laptop, log off Facebook and turn off your TV. It has been shown that having a break from digital devices and the online world can be good for your body and mind. It lets you recharge your batteries without an distractions, and as a result detox holidays are becoming huge. So, is it time to turn off your devices and get back to basics?
Have you made any healthy lifestyle switches this year?