10 easy steps for a healthy lifestyle

If you’re feeling sluggish, run down and lethargic, it could be time to take a look at your daily routine – and how you can switch things up to inject some energy and happiness into your life. Here are a few habits you could change to boost your wellbeing.

  1. The stairs instead of the lift 

Taking the stairs over a lift or escalators will help you burn calories – and tone your legs ready for next summer. Climbing eight flights of stairs a day lowers your average early mortality risk by 33%.

  1. A walk instead of a nap

If you’ve got the luxury of being able to take a nap during the day, why not opt for a walk in the fresh air instead? It’ll improve your fitness and help you sleep better at night too.

  1. An active date night instead of dinner and a movie

Rather than a calorific evening, how about dragging your other half out for a more active alternative? Mini golfing, hill climbing, rock climbing or a run round a local park are all fantastic fit options.

  1. Home cooking instead of takeaway

Bin the menus that you’ve got stuck to your fridge and make the effort to cook instead. With takeaways, you don’t always know what’s got into it – by using fresh ingredients and cooking yourself, you’re guaranteed a healthier meal. And a sense of self-satisfaction.

  1. Water instead of fizz

Thirsty? Don’t go for a carbonated drink – a can of Coca Cola contains 11g of sugar, that’s almost three teaspoons. Water spiced up with a slice of lemon or sugar-free squash is miles better for you – and much more refreshing.

  1. Wholemeal instead of white

White bread, white rice, white pasta – tastes great, but it’s had all the essential nutrients, like fibre, removed. Wholemeal options are miles healthier, and more filling, so you won’t need as much.

  1. Porridge instead of sugary cereal

A warming bowl of porridge topped with honey, raisins and cinnamon is tastier and more filling than the sugar-packed cereals that fill your kitchen cupboards.

  1. Packed lunch over buying in

Put together a salad, a tasty wrap or mug of soup to take to work rather than popping out for a sausage roll or mayo-laden sandwich. Better for your waistline AND your bank.

  1. Meeting up instead of social media

We’re all guilty of it – spending more time exchanging messages on Facebook and liking pictures on Instagram than seeing real people. Yet social media is taking its  toll on our mental health as we constantly compare ourselves to other people’s ‘perfect’ lives – so give it up and go for a coffee date or drink with your pals instead. You’ll feel miles better for it.

  1. Finishing on time instead of working late 

We’re all guilty of it – but putting in extra hours at work does nothing for productivity or your mental health. So get organised, plan out your days more effectively and vow to leave on time. Your family will thank you for it.

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