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5 Lifestyle Tips to Be Happier and Healthier
Author: Rachel Hawkins (Accredited Practicing Dietitian & Nutritionist)
If you are trying to live a happier and healthier life, it’s not just enough to focus on the foods you eat.
Exercise, sleep, and social relationships are also important. Small changes to these areas can improve your overall health and wellbeing. Follow these 5 exercise and lifestyle tips to make all of your wishes come true and be well on your journey to becoming a happier and healthier you!
1. Be active on most, preferably all, days of the week.
Exercise is incredibly beneficial for our overall health and wellbeing. It promotes good cardiovascular and mental health and can also be used to strengthen and maintain our musculoskeletal system. Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines recommend that people be active on most, preferably all, days of each week. Aim to complete a mix of cardiovascular and strength-based exercise each week. And remember, any form of exercise is better than none!
2. Learn to love exercise
Exercise shouldn’t be undertaken as a punishment for your dietary choices or solely for aesthetic purposes. It should be undertaken because you enjoy it and like the way it makes you feel. Improve your relationship with exercise by finding a form of exercise that you love. Working out with a friend has also been shown to increase exercise enjoyment and help people stick with it long term. And don't forget that you need more protein when you exercise to fuel your body. Protein powders like Clean Lean Protein by Nuzest provides the building blocks for vitality and supports muscle health after exercise.
3. Develop a healthy routine right for you
Success is determined by the things we do every day. This is particularly true in relation to improving our health, therefore the importance of developing a healthy routine to support lifestyle changes should not be overlooked. Develop a list of practical strategies that you can use to help prioritize your health and fitness. This may include scheduling a time to exercise, limiting screen time at night, and establishing a nighttime routine to ensure a good night's sleep. Meal planning is an excellent way to start and maintain a healthy routine. There are tons of easy, meal-prep recipes out there that are easy and include whole foods, fruits, and vegetables that can make you feel great!
4. Get more sleep
Because life is so busy, sleep can often be seen as less important than other activities, however, it is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Good quality sleep provides our body with a chance to rest, recharge, and reset so that we can function at our best. Poor sleep could disrupt appetite hormones, reduce physical and mental performance and increase your risk of weight gain. Everybody thrives on a different amount of sleep; however, 7 hours seems to be the sweet spot for most adults.
5. Prioritize your relationships
Social relationships are incredibly important for mental health and wellbeing. Having good social connections is associated with lower rates of anxiety and depression and higher self-esteem. Consider the relationships that you currently have, and the type of relationships that you would like to have. Invest time into building a group of people around you that care about you, and who you also care about. Your body and mind will reap the rewards.