Sometimes we are after a healthier lifestyle but unsure how to get there. Going on a new diet and hitting the gym every morning at 5am may sound daunting to some, which can lead to procrastination of that healthier lifestyle you’re after.
Over time, the more you build up this big ‘healthy lifestyle’ you’re looking to live, it can seem harder and harder to achieve, sometimes even resulting in not wanting to try anymore.
Guess what? We have the secret answer – leave the all or nothing mindset behind and START SMALL.
Break down those overwhelming ideas in your head, make your goals achievable, and know that you don’t have to be training for your next local marathon in order to establish the start of some healthy habits into your life.
Remember, developing short term healthy habits will turn into developing long term healthy habits.
Tip 1 – Physical Activity for a Healthier Lifestyle
150 – 300 minutes of Physical Activity per week; planned physical activity- walking, gym class, bike riding e.t.c
or at least 75–150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.
You can be active throughout your days in a variety of ways such as:
- Playing sport
- and more!
Tip 2 – Strength Exercises | Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Participate in strength exercises at least twice a week such as lunges, squats, step ups, etc.
For a list of strength exercises:
Tip 3- Nutrition + Hydration | Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Did you know 50% – 80% of the human body is made up of water. So, get plenty of water in you and stay on top of your preferred form of healthy eating.
Health Direct Australia states that as a general rule, men need about 10 cups of fluids every day and women need about 8 cups (add another cup per day if you are pregnant or breastfeeding). Babies need 0.7 to 0.8 litres of fluid per day from breast milk or formula, while children need between 4 cups (for 1-year-olds) and 6 to 8 cups per day (for teenagers). In Australia, 1 cup is equivalent to 250ml.
Tip 4 – Sleep | Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Be sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. But wait – we are going to make this one even harder on you. Challenge yourself to 8 hours of quality sleep. One thing you can do to help with this is avoid bright lights before going to sleep, which ties right in with our next tip.
Tip 5 – Decrease Your Screen Time for a Healthier Lifestyle
Jump off screen time for a nice reset. We’re living in a time whether it be for work or play, most of us tend to be on our screens more than the daily recommendation of only 2 hours per day. Be mindful, jump off, and hit the reset button.
There you have it – 5 quick tips to a healthier lifestyle! While achieving the above, remember to start small and work your way up, as well as reward yourself where it’s deserved.
Mark your calendar – when this time next month rolls around, have you been able to stay consistent on your short-term health habits?
Are they turning into long term healthy habits?
Habits starts to form in 28-30 days (Lifehack.org), just after 4 weeks you will start to find that only a little effort is required to sustain your new lifestyle actions vs at the start where big effort was required.
Whether you’re looking for an Accredited Exercise Physiologist to provide you exercise prescription, a Physiotherapist for injury management and prevention, or an Accredited Practising Dietitian to get you back to feeling well, moving well and performing well, we’ve got you covered!
With a variety of allied health services all under the one roof, we’re sure to help you live that healthier lifestyle you’ve been looking for.