Top 5 tips to boost your health today – Ali Silver
We all want to start living healthier, but it can be confusing figuring out where or how to start. Social media is a great place of inspiration, but sometimes the simple messages of eating well and moving more gets lost in the endless snaps of green drinks and extreme training.
Being healthy doesn’t require mammoth changes, restrictions and rules. Health is a spectrum – what is right for one person, may not suit your lifestyle. With that in mind, here are some things that we can all do to make our lives a bit happier and healthier.
- Commit to getting your zzz’s. Often overlooked, sleep is as important, if not more, than the food you eat and how much you move your body. People are now sleeping less than they did in the past and the quality of sleep has also decreased, which is having major effects such as weight gain, slowed metabolism, poor concentration, an increase in stress, as well as implications on the immune system.
FIX IT: Just like when you were a little ‘un, try to go to bed and wake up at a similar time each day, even on weekends. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.
If you find that you’re waking up hungry, or you often have an early dinner, a relaxing drink before bed or a snack can also help with sleep, such as calming chamomile tea or a small bowl or porridge.
2. Start the day with a balanced breakfast. Eating fist thing in the morning may not suit everyone, but in my experience with clients, including a balanced breakfast can make a big difference. A meal consisting of protein and carbohydrates can stabilise your blood sugar levels, rev up your metabolism, and give you much needed energy for your morning commute.
FIX IT: Have an early start or feel like you have no time in the mornings? Making some scrambled eggs and toast realistically takes no longer 15 minutes. That means setting your alarm just 15 minutes earlier! If you don’t fancy eggs, you can make oats a million different ways (just check instagram out for some inspiration!). Smoothies make a great portable option, as you can pack them full of super foods, protein, and can be made ahead.
3. Variety is the spice of life: Humans are creatures of habit, and we tend to make the same food choices day in and day out. This is definitely not a bad thing, but it can mean we eat the same chicken and broccoli for dinner for 3 days in a row – meaning we’re only getting certain nutrients.
FIX IT: On your next food shop, see what fruit and veg you can find that you’ve never had before. Have some fun exploring different ways of cooking and new recipes to try. Hitting up a food market or a shop you don’t normally frequent can also mean discovering new cuts of meat and fish. Ostrich burgers anyone?
4. Snack smart: Eating on the go is inevitable, and when you’re tired and hungry you’re more likely to grab something sugary and artificial. Halt! Choosing a food, which is natural and low sugar, will actually boost your energy more than that kit-kat you’re eyeballing.
FIX IT: Preparation is key. Pop some fruit, nuts, or one of BumbleZest’s hand-bag appropriate shots. The ginger and turmeric mix is sure to give you that much needed oomph – without the sugar come-down.
5. Get moving. Oh exercise, how can I count the ways? From weight management, reducing your risk of heart disease, exercise can also prevent and treat mental health problems.
FIX IT: Exercise doesn’t just mean heading to the gym or going out for a run. Ditch the car, choose the stairs over the elevator, and try walking 10 minutes further on your lunch break. A little exercise is better than none at all, and these moments can be a great way to unwind and de-stress on a busy day.
Ali Silver is a certified health coach and personal trainer. She works with clients to overcome their disordered eating habits, sort out their sleep schedules, move freely and most importantly, enjoy doing so.”
Website is www.alisilver.co.uk
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