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5 Simple Steps to a Healthier You

It's never too late to start living healthy, so here are 5 tips to get you on your way:

It’s never too late to get back into a healthy lifestyle, especially now that the festivities are over and you’ve probably gain a few kilos from all that binging on cookies. From small tweaks to a complete health overhaul, it’s up to you. We’re here to help with 5 simple steps to a healthier you:

1. Make every mouthful count

Take fresh approach to healthy eating. These days, it isn’t that difficult to start eating more healthily. With healthy food delivery services available for your lunch orders as well as wholesome online grocery stores, it has become much easier to avoid falling back to your bad habits.

Making small tweaks to your daily meals is an easy way to ensure you are getting those important vitamins and minerals. Try picking foods that are high in fibre such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Those are not just great for your digestive system but it also fills you up, making it easier for you to resist snacking!

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If you simply cannot wait till the next meal and need a snack to stave off hunger pangs, then why not try these healthier snacks for a change. Healthy lower-calorie snacks are better for you and can also be part of your 5 fresh fruit and vegetables daily intake.

2. Get to know your health supplements

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Vitamins and minerals are essential to support the body and the best way to ensure you are getting enough of the right stuff is through eating a healthy and balanced diet.

We’re all guilty of not eating as healthily as we could so why not use this as an opportunity to get vitamin savvy so that if you struggle to maintain a balanced diet, you know which supplements can support. Adding a daily food supplement to your diet has never been easier with a wide range of products available nowadays. Speak to your doctor if you’re unsure of what supplements are suitable for yourself and your family. Check here to see if you are vitamin-deficient.

If you’ve children or someone in your family has a fussy palate try a tasty, chewable multivitamin or give a soluble or melt-let option a try if it’s a struggle to swallow tablets.

However, do take note that supplements and multi-vitamins are no replacement for a heathly, balanced diet.

3. Take the weight off

Now that the festivities are over, you’re probably vying to get back to the gym or kickstart a new fitness regime. That’s not all that difficult. What’s hard is sticking to your regime and eating plan for the rest of the year, especially if you are taking on the challenge alone. To avoid falling off the fitness wagon, why not try buddying up with someone with similar goals so you can motivate each other to keep going. That helps keep you on the right track and there will be less chances of you backsliding into being a couch potato again.

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Remember that big changes will not happen overnight, so try not to focus on your overall goal, but focus on the small changes you’re making that will help you achieve it – such as taking the stairs each day instead of the lift.

And finally, to keep you motivated, celebrate your success at each milestone with something you enjoy that will not compromise your healthy eating, like a new lipstick for your new look or a new game for the PlayStation.

4. Stop smoking

There is no better time to kick the habit. Many people who have successfully given up smoking have said that one of the most important elements was for them to feel in control of their quitting journey. So, find out what works for you and stick to it.

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Source: webmd.com

There are now so many ways to stop smoking and if you’re not sure how to go about it, see here for tips on how to quit smoking or talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you choose the right avenue to help you stop smoking, as well as offer ongoing support and advice throughout your journey.

Quitting the ciggies won’t be an easy task but it can definitely be done so do try to kick the habit. You won’t be sorry. See what ex-serial smokers say about it.

5. Cut the stress

A little pressure now and again won’t kill us; in fact, short bouts of stress give us an energy boost and sometimes, stress can even benefit us. But if stress is chronic, it can increase your risk of—or worsen insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease and more.
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Source: winoverworry.com

Long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can also be contributing factors to stressStress is an inevitable part of our lives but it’s how we deal with it that makes the difference. Relaxation, getting enough sleep, socialising and making time to take holidays are ways that help reduce stress.

A lot of the time, people feel guilty in taking time off, especially here in Asia where the work culture can be very demanding. We all understand work is important but your health is even more important. You only get one life so taking care of your health is crucial to live it to the fullest, happy and healthy.

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This article was brought to you by VenusBuzz, a women’s media network which aims to inspire, enlighten and contribute in the holistic growth of Asian women.
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