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We all want to feel great, and in order to live a long and happy life, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are many different ways of doing this, so the more you add into your life – the better (and longer) it will be!

Making a conscious effort to add these healthy decisions on a day to day basis, will affect much more than just your physical appearance – it can also dramatically increase not only the length and quality of your life, but make you emotionally content too.

Here is a guide full of tips and tricks, to help you kick start your new life today.

Healthy Eating

It is important to eat well if you want to be healthy. Your body just won’t survive if you feed yourself junk every day. It won’t work how it is supposed to, and you will eventually suffer from a lot of health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

The most important thing to remember is variety. Mix it up, and try and include a bit of everything, which means carbs, protein, dairy, fruit and veg, and fats and sugars. (Although you shouldn’t have too much fat and sugar, a little bit in your diet is needed for your bodies to function properly.)

As long as you eat everything in moderation, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Now it’s no good eating all these nutrients if you’re not keeping yourself hydrated.

Water is by far the most precious source out there. Up to 60% of the human adult body are made out of water. Not only does it quench thirst; it feeds us, helps circulate all the nutrients in our body, helps our skin by regulating our temperature through sweating, and just generally keeps everything running smoothly.

Staying Fit

Eating healthy shouldn’t be the only concern. Exercising on a regular basis is what will keep your body looking and feeling young and fit. You will look good on the outside, but you will feel even better on the inside! Working out reduces blood pressure, burns fat, maintains a good immune system, keeps the bones strong, builds muscle mass, boosts your energy, improves breathing and so much more! The benefits of keeping active are just too much to ignore!

Whether you’re a runner, a swimmer or more a yoga kind of person, there are exercises for absolutely everyone. So there’s no excuse! Get that gym membership, order that workout DVD or just put some music on and have a boogie. Anything is better than sitting on the sofa all day doing nothing.

Stress-Free Living

Stress is one of the top silent causes of our problems, it can make you physically sick but tends to go untreated because it’s not something you can visibly see. Stress can cause the flu, depression, insomnia and much more, so if you can avoid it any cost – you should.

If you have to take medication for an illness, make sure you keep on top of it. You may be suffering from more stress than normal and then realize you’ve forgotten to take your blood pressure tablets. If you’re struggling to get what you need, you can easily find help with prescriptions with your local doctors or various pharmacies.

Other than exercising there are many other ways you can keep the stress at bay.

  • Breathe! As simple as it sounds, taking 5 minutes out of your day to just breathe and ground yourself really does make a difference. It doesn’t matter where you are, just stop what you’re doing and take a moment for yourself.
  • Sleep. Sleeping is a great way for your body to replenish itself, including your brain. Try making a conscious effort to go to bed an hour or two earlier than you usually would. That extra hour goes a long way.
  • Positive surroundings. Whether that be people, or the environment, surrounding yourself by something positive will have a great impact on your life.
  • Laugh! Laughter releases endorphins which are the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals. It can fight off infections and even temporarily relieve pain. Besides, who doesn’t want to laugh a little? It’s awesome!

Quit Bad Habits

Easier said than done… Or is it?

We all have at least one habit that we know we should probably quit, but the idea of it is hard enough. But what if it weren’t as tricky as you thought it would be?

Whether you are a smoker, a drinker, a nail biter, or junk food eater, if you know it’s not good for you – you should probably stop.

One of the main reasons we have this habit is down to boredom, or stress, so by taking your mind off that, and focusing your energy on something else, or even creating a substitute for it, it won’t be so difficult to give up.

Another great way is to team up without someone. Having a buddy going through the same withdrawals will show you you’re not alone, and if they can do it – so can you! (vice-versa).

Try hanging around people that are living the lifestyle you want to live. It’ll be no good trying to quit smoking, and seeing all your friends do it; it’s just not going to end well.

Visualize yourself succeeding. If you jump straight in with a negative attitude, you’re just going to be waiting for yourself to fail, almost as if to prove a point. So if you go into this knowing you’ll succeed, you may just start to believe it.

You don’t have to do everything mentioned here, but as long as you incorporate some of these things into your daily routine, you should start to see a difference in your body and mental attitude within the first month. You will feel fitter, stronger and happier! And not only that, your health will dramatically start to improve too, and you may even add on a few extra years to continue loving life. So why wait any longer? Start your new lifestyle today.