Wherever you go and whatever you read, you’re likely to come across adverts and directions for living a healthier lifestyle.
Whether it’s adverts for a gym membership or a new supplement designed to boost your immune system, or even a whole new type of diet, you can’t escape the advice about healthy living.
Unfortunately, a lot of the advice is either not backed up by science, or it’s simply not attainable for the average person on an average income.
This doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can be healthier, though, there are lots of easy ways you can make a positive impact on your health, and you don’t need to drastically change your life or break the bank to do so.
Here are three easy ways you can live a healthier life, all of which are backed by science, and you can start doing today.
3 Ways to Live a Healthier Life:
1. Limit alcohol, caffeine, and salt intake.
Lots of people enjoy a drink after work at the weekend, but too often, the recommended alcohol consumption limit is exceeded.
If you regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week over the course of 10 or 20 years, you are at a higher risk of developing a range of illnesses, including:
Cancer, Liver disease, Brain damage, Heart disease, Mental health issues.
All of these diseases can be fatal and greatly diminish your quality of life, not to mention the side effects of some of the treatments such as chemotherapy. More information is available here.
It’s not just alcohol that can cause some of these problems, though.
Too much caffeine, more than four cups per day, can cause insomnia, nervousness, oral health issues, and digestive problems.
On top of this, if you regularly ingest more than six grams of salt daily, your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke is increased.
2. Exercise three hours a week.
Exercise is unique to each person, yet we’re frequently told that we must do one hour of moderate exercise per day to remain healthy and active.
This isn’t necessarily the case, and this type of advice can make those unable to do such exercise feel inferior.
Exercise should be something you enjoy, and any is better than none.
If you don’t have the time to go to the gym, can’t engage in such workouts, or simply don’t enjoy it, don’t worry.
Even if you only go out for three hour long walks a week or do six 30 minute HIIT workouts a week, anything is better than nothing and you’ll still enjoy the mental benefits of increased serotonin, not to mention the physical benefits of getting up and being active.
3. Implement a rigid bedtime routine.
It’s not just children who need a good bedtime, it’s adults, too.
By going to bed at a certain time and ensuring you’re regularly getting between six and eight hours sleep a night, you are reducing your risk of a disrupted immune system, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and infertility.
With this in mind, consider implementing a proper bedtime routine free of light, noise, and blue light right before you settle down.
What You Should Remember?
These are just three of the many ways you can improve your general health relatively easily.
Other things you may want to consider include socializing with positive people regularly, doing good deeds, and taking enough time for yourself to fully rest and recover from the week.