Updated: Feb 10
No matter what age you are, it is never too late to implement a healthy lifestyle. That's because there really is only 4 steps to reaching that goal. And most importantly, each step is easy to implement as our handy info-graphic demonstrates.
1. Exercise Regularly: I know that sounds like torture if you're not a fitness type person but all that is really needed is 150 minutes of exercise per week minimum. If you work it out, it is only 22 minutes per day and if its mixed with some vigorous exercise such as a run, it can be as little as half that time. Walk, jog, run, swim, fitness classes cycling, strength training - they all count!
2. Drink Lots of Water: 8-10 glasses of water per day. That's your target. Put simply, about 1.5 - 2 litres per day. The benefits are huge. Tiredness, low energy and headaches are symptoms of dehydration. Staying hydrated can also stop you munching on snacks.
3. Eat healthy: We have all heard the saying, "you are what you eat". Well, if you eat unhealthy, you will most likely suffer from health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Don't go cold turkey though. Slowly implement this by substituting some of your most unhealthy eating habits with something less damaging.. Instead of 2 sugars in your tea, go for 1. Slightly less salt on your dinner. Semi-skimmed milk instead of full fat. You are essentially weaning yourself off of these unhealthy parts of your diet.
4. Sleep Tight: This is huge. Sleep is so important to a healthy lifestyle. Do you know we burn approximately 50 calories per hour when we sleep? It is true. Depending on your weight and makeup, it could even be more. Not only that but good sleeping habits are good for your heart, your mental health, it helps your exercise performance, your moods and how you function throughout the day. Get into a routine. I personally hit the hay at 10pm every night and get up around 6.30am. I barely need an alarm clock now because your body likes a routine. Before bed, i switch off any gadgets and have a read till i nod off. Don't drink any fluids after 8pm either as this can result in broken sleep.