If you want to be the healthiest, happiest version of yourself, you need to take steps towards your goals every day. It isn’t just something you do when you feel like it or when you remember. You need to make sure you take steps towards your goals every single day! To give you an idea of the kind of things you should be doing, here are the things I do every day to stay healthy:
Drink Lots of Water
I make sure that I drink lots of water each day. I drink at least 3 litres, sometimes up to 4 litres. It doesn’t matter if I’m thirsty or not; I make sure I drink it! I try to spread it out throughout the day though, to avoid bloating and feeling sick. Drinking lots of water helps to flush out toxins and fat, as well as fill us up and hydrate us. Water should be your main drink of choice before anything else!
Drink Tea and Coffee
I not only drink lots of water each day, I drink tea and coffee too. I will drink a couple of cups of matcha tea, as this is great for mental clarity without the shakiness that coffee can give you. It’s also supposed to speed the metabolism, and be 10 times more effective than green tea! Buddhist monks have been using matcha for years. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me! I will have 1 or 2 cups of coffee too. One in the morning, and sometimes one before I go to the gym. Coffee has many health benefits providing you drink it in moderation, and don’t add sugar/milk. I take mine black! Redbush tea is great before bed too, as it doesn’t contain caffeine and tastes naturally sweet.
I used to hate exercise. I couldn’t stand the thought of going to the gym. Now, I can’t stand the thought of not going to the gym! Most of my plans revolve around going to the gym, as it’s become a habit to me now. Just like eating. It comes naturally. If I don’t go, I don’t feel right. At the moment, I’m training in the gym with weights 4 times per week. It’s important to have rest days, or you won’t make much progress at all. It’s also important to find a balance you can stick to. You need to create a sustainable routine! On some of my rest days, I might do light yoga to help with relaxation and flexibility.
Take my Vitamins
Each morning I make sure I take a handful of vitamins to start my day. This includes a multivitamin, vitamin D, vitamin C, green tea extract, CLA, and a vegetarian fish oil supplement. These help to keep me energised, metabolism running fast, and joints healthy. Bio care vitamins have everything you could need. It’s especially important you take the correct vitamins if you train.
Try to Get Plenty of Sleep
I will admit that sleeping enough isn’t my strongest point. I struggle to drift off at night time, and then struggle to get up in the morning. I’m really trying to sort my sleeping pattern out, but it’s been out of whack for so long that it’s proving to be difficult. I’ll try to stay away from any electrical appliances before bed, including my phone. I’ll drink some tea for sleep, and read a book. I also have an alarm clock that simulates sunset and sunrise, to try to help my circadian rhythm get back to normal.
Turn off Electrical Appliances
As I mentioned, I try to stay away from electrical appliances before bed to help me wind down. However, whether you’re trying to wind down or not, it’s a good idea to limit the amount you use them. Sitting on your phone all day is definitely not good for your health. I know we’ve all been guilty of it, but we need to put a stop to it. Get outside more, take in the fresh air. We all need to stop living our lives online!
Eat Food to Nourish and Support my Training
The food we eat can make a huge difference to how healthy we are. We’re virtually made out of it, so it’s important we eat food to nourish us. If you train, then you must make sure it supports your training too, or you won’t get results. Your diet should consist of lots of vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats/carbs. I’m a vegetarian, so I eat a lot of Quorn and vegetables. I don’t particularly enjoy eating ‘fake meat’, but it supports my training. If your food isn’t helping you in some way, make sure you do something about it. Food isn’t there to be enjoyed, it’s there to help us function. Enjoyment should come second!
Stay in Touch With Friends and Family
Staying in touch with my friends and family always makes me feel better. Even if I just give them a quick text or phone call after not speaking to them for a while, I feel like it helps my well being. We all have busy lives, but we’ll only regret it if we neglect those closest to us.
Do Something I Enjoy
I try to fill my time with things I enjoy to make me feel good and release endorphins. I love the gym, and I enjoy reading different types of books. So that’s pretty much what I’m doing at the moment. I’m trying to limit my nights out, although I can’t deny that I enjoy them too. They’re just not great for my health or bank balance!
I do every one of these things every day to make sure I stay as healthy as possible. Not just in my body, but my mind and spirit too. Life should be all about balance. If it’s not balanced, pretty soon we’re going to start to suffer. Use these tips and you’ll notice positive improvements in your life straight away!