It is a complete minefield trying to lead a healthy life – one minute we should be avoiding carbs, the next, fat is the bad guy, then it’s sugar and so on. We want to make being healthy the easiest and least complicated thing we can do, so here is a one stop guide for being healthy 24/7, 365 days a year!
We should certainly all be aiming to eat more fruit and veg! In the UK, we are advised to eat 5 portions of the stuff, but in other countries like Japan, they actually recommend closer to 10! We suggest aiming for 5 and if you can eat more then do so! Vegetables in particular are a great option for snacking, as they contain very low calories whilst filling you up nicely.
Meat is a great source of protein, and we should all consume some forms of protein every meal. Protein is an essential building block in the body and allows our muscles to grow. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you can get protein from beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.
When it comes to calories, there has been all sorts of ideas over the years. In the past we were advised to eat a certain number of calories, which technically would make us lose weight, however in recent years it has been discovered that it is not only the total number of calories which counts, but the type too. Instead of focussing on hitting a certain goal, try eating more fresh food which has not been processed or prepared in a factory.
Exercise is an important part of keeping healthy – keeping our muscles and bones healthy, exercise works on more than just burning fat! It is also great for our sense of wellbeing, offering us a surprisingly good effect on our minds too! Those feel good hormones released during exercise (endorphins) keep up happy and feeling good long after our workout is over.
For optimum fitness, we should combine cardio exercise with resistance exercise. Cardio is anything which gets your heart rate beating faster, and gets us out of breath. Activities like running, cycling and boxing are good cardio! Resistance works our muscles, building strength in our bodies. Lifting weights is a good way to build muscles.