We all know that a healthy lifestyle will make our lives healthier, happier and better. But with the fast-paced lives that we lead, we don’t get time to lead a ‘healthy lifestyle’. That actually isn’t the case – a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean a constant diet or two hours at the gym every single day. A healthy lifestyle is all about consistency, for which you need to have consistently healthy habits. So, to ensure that you live a healthy life and adopt a healthy lifestyle, here are 7 healthy lifestyle tips that you need to inculcate in your day to day routine to stay fit forever.

1. Exercise daily

You don’t need to go to the gym for an hour and pick up weights to ‘exercise’. Even a brisk 30-minute walk counts as exercise. In fact, even walking your dog or walking down 4 blocks to buy your groceries is a form of exercise. If nothing else, you can download an app that allows you to exercise from the comfort of your own home – no weights, no equipment, just you and your body. You can join a body transformation studio in Clapham or you can join a Zumba class in Manchester, but the point is that you need to do some form of physical activity on a daily basis for at least 30 minutes everyday.

2. Get 8 hours of sleep

Your body needs rest to recuperate, rejuvenate and restore itself. When you’re sleeping only for 4 or 5 hours every night, you’re just harming your body – mental health problems like anxiety, depression and even ADHD are linked to lack of sleep. Don’t think of sleep as a luxury, think of sleep as a necessity. Proper sleep improves mental functioning, lowers stress, prevents weight gain and most importantly, improves your quality of life. A well-rested body is a fit body.

3. Kick the sugar

There is nothing healthy about sugar; a spoon of sugar is nothing more than a spoonful of empty calories. Sugar does nothing to nourish or benefit the body, but it does lead to obesity, increased blood sugar levels, inflammation and increases your chances of heart disease. This is a habit that isn’t easy to stop, but once you do you’ll probably never crave sugar again. So, stop adding sugar to your coffee, don’t drink that sugary sweet soda, stop eating your daily bar of chocolate and eat a bowl of yoghurt instead of that sugary ice cream. Baby steps are the start of a healthy lifestyle.

4. Drink more water

When you are dehydrated, you will have a dry mouth, a feeling of weakness or dizziness, low blood pressure, headaches and fatigue. When you wake up, your body is dehydrated so you should drink one whole glass of water to rehydrate your body and get it going. When you are hydrated, your metabolism will function properly, you will eat better and you will have the required energy to go through the day.

5. Focus on your diet

New research and studies have found that a plant-based diet is very good for your health. But instead of being on a purely plant-based diet, you need to have a balanced and healthy diet with a slight focus on plants. Basically, you need to have carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein and green leafy vegetables in every meal, but make sure that you take more helpings of green leafy vegetables than carbs or healthy fats. Think of it as a relatively balanced diet with a strong focus on green and leafy vegetables, that way you’re eating everything and you’re ensuring that you’re eating healthy.

6. Start meditating

Meditation is the best way to clear your head, relieve stress, reduce anxiety and improve your mental functioning. You don’t need to meditate for hours in a day to make it a healthy habit, just 10 minutes of daily meditation will also do you a lot of good! If you feel like you just don’t have the will power or the focus to meditate, then download some guided meditation apps that will help you. By meditating, you can reduce stress, which is a key factor in leading a healthy life.

7. Stand more often

We all sit behind desks from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening, if not longer. This leads to bad posture, backaches, inflammation, a fall in good cholesterol and ultimately this can lead to heart problems. Make a conscious effort to stand up after 30 minutes or maximum an hour of sitting. As soon as you stand up, all your muscular systems and cellular systems will get activated. Basically, when you’re sitting down for long periods, you’re telling your body that it is about to shut off (the way the body shuts off when you’re sleeping). The longer periods you stand and walk around, the better it is for you.