We all know we could be a little healthier but probably don’t realise that you can make some small changes that can have a pretty big impact on your health.It doesn’t all have to be about strict diets and personal trainers, you don’t even have to spend hours in the gym or a fortune on specialist equipment. You can pick up plenty of items from Home Bargains that will help you with your healthy lifestyle that won’t break the bank. Being healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune when you know where to look. I never even thought to look at Home Bargains but there have such a large range of items throughout the year, not just in January.
So here’s my 10 ways to be a healthier, happier you
1. MAKE TIME FOR BREAKFAST
The hubby always has breakfast before he leaves the house at 7am each morning, but I can’t even think about eating at the time, it just doesn’t suit me. I don’t feel hungry early on but then I start to snack mid morning so I always make time for breakfast. I tend to have something light but healthy such as fruit and a yogurt after the school run before I sit down at my desk to start work for the day.
2. PLAN YOUR MEALS IN ADVANCE
I always plan our meals for week, especially now I’m doing Slimming World. When you plan what you’ll be eating for the week, not only does it keep you on track food wise so you’re not eating unhealthy food, but it also helps you save money if you only buy what you need for the week’s meals.
3. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
This is one that I really used to struggle with. Whenever I fancy a drink I’ll always put the kettle on and make a cup of tea rather than drink water. We’ve now got a huge water bottle from Home Bargains which we keep filled with fresh water and leave it in the fridge. I drink a glass of water first thing before I have a cup of tea and you know there’s always ice cold water whenever you open the fridge.
4. SWAP YOUR AFTERNOON BREW FOR A GREEN TEA
I can’t totally give up my cuppa’s but I have started to try and swap my afternoon brew for a green tea or a fruit or peppermint tea instead. I’ve got to admit I’m not the biggest fan of green tea but I know all about the health benefits, antioxidants and nutrients, so am persevering with it. Green tea definitely tastes a lot nicer with a slice of lemon.
5. TAKE THE DOG OR THE KIDS OUT FOR A STROLL
Just getting outside for a quick stroll can do wonders for your physical and mental health, seriously. My Archie has Autism and is a little live wire, he has so much energy so just getting out of the house for a quick 30 min walk or run about in the park works wonders.
I work from home so am pretty much in the house 24 hours a day with the exception of the school run so sometimes a quick stroll with the dog after lunch just breaks the day up for me. A bit of fresh air and a brisk walk breaks up the day nicely but also adds to my daily steps so I don’t feel bad when I look at my FitBit!
6. JOIN A RUNNING OR WALKING CLUB
This isn’t one that I have tried yet but it’s definitely on my to do list. I used to love running before my spinal op and I’m still in recovery so can’t run just yet due to the pain. I’m building up my fitness and strength in the gym and going out for walks so once my levels are on the up I’ll be joining a local club.
It makes such a difference running with a group, they are so supportive and drive you to push yourself. I was worried about joining as a beginner but they know what they are doing and start you off slowly, gradually building you up to keep up with the main group. You’ll never be on your own with a running club, there will always be someone at a similar level to you.
7. GET A GYM PARTNER
This is a biggie for me, just having someone to go to the gym with makes a big difference. You’re less likely to make excuses as to why you can’t go if you know someone else is coming with you. You can get a little competitive, have a laugh and support each other.
8. GO TO GYM CLASSES RATHER THAN JUST THE GYM
Doing the same thing week in week out can get boring. It’s fun to mix it up with some different classes, I love Yoga & Pilates but I also love the hard classes such as Body Pump & Spinning. Going to a class can push you harder than you push yourself in the gym but by doing different classes you’re working different muscles and varying your exercise.
9. MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
This is one that I don’t do enough. I need to make more time for myself. We have such busy lives, looking after the kids, housework, work, everything else seems to come first. You need to put yourself first every now and then as we all need a little break.
10. ENSURE YOU GET QUALITY SLEEP
Again this is such a hard one for me, being a Special Needs Mama means I’m up most of the night with Archie. He just doesn’t sleep, which means I don’t sleep. Sleep has a major impact on your health and we all need to catch up on our sleep no matter what our situations.
If I’ve had a particularly bad night with Archie then I need to try and take a nap during the day. Instead of just trying to grab five minutes on the couch I need to focus on actual quality sleep, even if that’s grabbing an hour, so I need to actually go to bed for an hour and rest.
A good mattress is key to being well rested. Since we switched to a memory foam mattress one I find it much easier to fall asleep and fall into a deeper sleep, instead of tossing and turning waiting for the next time Archie wakes up.
Sleep has a massive impact on everyday life. If I’m exhausted then I struggle to deal with every thing else. I can’t even think about putting other things in place when I’m worn out!
What little changes have you made to become healthier? Have you got any easy tips or advice?