The modern world gives us access to everything our heart desires. Food, alcohol, twenty-four hour a day shopping and so much more. Whatever it is we want, we’re able to access. While this is incredibly convenient it throws up a lot of problems, it can lead to addiction or over consumption. We can get lazy and complacent and when living an unhealthy lifestyle is so normalized we might not even realize the extent of damage we’re causing. We all learned from childhood that we can’t simply do or have whatever we want, and as adults, it’s something that we have to practice. Here are some of the small sacrifices you can make which don’t seem much fun on the surface but will lead to a far happier and healthier you.
Get Up Earlier
Getting up in the morning is already difficult enough. When that alarm goes off in the morning, it’s fair to say half of the country has fleeting thoughts of ‘hmm, how much do I really need this job.’ Most of us are sleep deprived, and getting through the day when you’re cranky and exhausted is never much fun. However, getting up earlier in the morning will make this problem far better. Sure, the first few days might be rough while you adjust, but after that, you get yourself onto a much better sleep cycle. Waking up an hour or two earlier means you will be tired and fall asleep earlier. Getting up with time to spare means you get your morning off to the best start. You can enjoy a mug of warm lemon water, herbal tea or a detox tea like Skinnytea. This can boost metabolism, provide you with antioxidants and reduce bloating. You also have time to enjoy a healthy breakfast, throw chopped fruit onto whole grain cereal or whizz up a smoothie. You can generally enjoy a peaceful morning getting ready instead of running around like a headless chicken. A stressful start to the day is more than likely going to lead to the rest of the day being stressful too. Do yourself a favor, get up earlier and good things will follow.
Make Healthy Food Swaps
Food is fuel for the body, and when you start to treat it as such you will make far healthier choices. You don’t have to cut out everything you like since any food can be fit into your macros and enjoyed in moderation, but for the most part, you should be eating to nourish your body. Making healthy food swaps is one way you can go about this. Instead of white bread, rice or pasta switch to wholemeal– you will soon adapt to the taste. Instead of fizzy drinks, have water or dilute some fresh juice. When you go to a restaurant, instead of fries opt for a baked potato.
Walk or Bike Instead of Drive
When you have a car, it’s easy to drive everywhere. To the shop on the corner of the road, to the post box, to the park. If you’re in the habit of doing this, try to break it. If somewhere takes you fifteen minutes or less to walk to, why not leave the car at home? Fifteen minutes there and fifteen minutes back gives you chance to get your heart rate up a little and use your muscles. You’ll feel far better for it, will save on fuel and do your small bit for the environment too.