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22.1.15

5 life-changing decisions to help you become healthy | Guest post

Trying to keep fit and healthy can be a daunting thought, but once you have decided to start living life to the full and get yourself fit, you will be amazed how simple a few small changes can make a big difference to your wellbeing. A healthy body can lead to a healthier mind.

1. Changing your smoking habits

An article in The Guardian explains that the number of people who smoke has dropped to its lowest levels since the 1940s, but there are still an estimated 80,000 deaths a year connected to cigarette smoking. The article also quotes, 'The rapid increase in the use of (e-cigs), has coincided with a consistent steady decline in smoking.' It seems that smokers are turning to devices from the likes of Phoenix Electronic Cigarettes as an alternative.

2. Reducing your weight

The rise in obesity around the world is constantly increasing and figures quoted here show that the UK has the highest number of overweight adults in Western Europe. You may think that your diet is full of nutrition and not full of fats that are going to damage your health, but there are many misconceptions when it comes to eating the right foods. One of the best ways to lose weight is to start gradually, eating smaller portions at set times of the day and slowly changing the types of foods you eat. Cut out takeaway meals and use semi-skimmed milk and low fat spreads and eat more fruit instead of snacking and things like biscuits and chocolate.

3. Starting an exercise regime

If you are wary of going to the gym for a workout then just start gradually by walking for 20 minutes a day, slowly to start off with but gradually increasing your speed and distance. If you start to get out of breath it means your lungs and heart are working harder, but don’t make yourself ill. You don’t even have to leave the house, if you work from home and are stuck on a computer every day, then stop and walk up and down the stairs or try doing some press-ups. It won’t take you long to get into a routine and start losing a few pounds.

4. Keeping your mind healthy

Many people concentrate on getting their bodies fit but forget about keeping their minds healthy. Staying physically fit is still very important when it comes to keeping your mind alert, but there are many other ways to improve your mental agility. Taking up a new hobby or learning a new language can be a good way to start, or reading something completely different to your usual type of reading material.

5. Growing your own vegetables and herbs

Taking up gardening can not only keep you physically healthy, it’s also good for your general well being. There’s nothing better than going into the garden and picking your own herbs or vegetables. It not only saves you money it also gives you something to plan. Watching the shoots come up in the spring after spending the winter preparing the garden can be very rewarding.