We humans are creatures of habit. As we get older, we often fall back into set patterns. Nothing wrong with that, but that means we don’t always make the best choices for our health.
And that is precisely where the crux is. Because with a few easy adjustments in your daily life you can already give your health a big boost:
1. Search for a (fun) sport
Do you drag yourself to the gym once a week with a lot of reluctance? There is a good chance that fitness is simply not your thing. Can happen. But that does not mean that there are no other sports that you can enjoy. Sport really doesn’t have to be a punishment. Investigate what kind of sports are offered in your area. Perhaps you are a born dancer, cyclist or surfer. Once you have found a sport that suits you, you can schedule fixed sports days for yourself. This brings you into a fixed rhythm, which contributes to the fact that you actually go. Exercise improves your mood and sleep and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Reason enough to get rid of the bank more often.
2. Stop starving yourself
By this we do not of course mean that you have to indulge yourself in kilos of chocolate. But experts say extreme diets don’t contribute to weight loss. Your body becomes in a kind of hunger mode, which makes it hoard. This gives you the well-known yo-yo effect. A good balance in your diet is therefore important. If you want to lose a few pounds, keep eating regularly, but opt for healthy products. You will see that you therefore feel guilty less often. And that works out well, because research has shown that this feeling of guilt causes you to start eating again sooner than usual.
3. Good nutrition is half the battle
Everything that enters through our mouth is fuel. And the better that fuel, the better our body functions. With the products from the Schijf van Vijf you get all the important nutrients. How much that is depends on your age and gender. For a 45-year-old woman, a healthy daily menu amounts to approximately: 250 grams of vegetables, two servings of fruit, four to five brown or whole-wheat sandwiches, four to five serving spoons of whole-grain cereals or four to five potatoes, one portion of fish, legumes or meat, 25 grams of unsalted nuts, two to three servings of dairy, 40 grams of cheese and 40 grams of grease and cooking fats. In addition, it is generally recommended to drink 1.5 liters of water per day. Coffee, tea and the moisture from your food are also included.
4. Be kind to your body
Say honestly? How critical are you when you look in the mirror? Do you ever say something nice to yourself? Many women tend to look only at their fat and shortcomings. Be grateful that your body does so much for you every day. That it is healthy and beautiful. Does this sound a bit too floaty for you? Then try a mindfulness course. Research shows that people who regularly engage in mindfulness can focus better, deal better with stress and have a better memory. When you start to appreciate your body better, you will see that it also costs less to take good care of it.
5. Plan enough time for your social life
More than half of the UK population regularly suffers from stress. And that is bad for our health. A recent study shows that people with too much stress have a greater chance of depression and are more inclined to eat unhealthily. Moreover, stress is bad for your heart. It is therefore important to regularly relax by doing fun activities and having good conversations with your partner or friends. Research has shown that people who feel unsupported by their social environment have a higher degree of calcification of the coronary artery. They also have hardened blood vessels that limit blood flow to the heart. Researchers from the University of North Carolina also discovered that our social network offers just as many health effects as a regular sports session.