Eat well, move and sleep well. It may sound easy, but for many people it is a big challenge. With these 11 tips for a healthy lifestyle, we are happy to help you on your way.
What is a healthy lifestyle?Healthy living revolves around three things: eating well , exercising and sleeping . That may sound easy, but many people find healthy living very difficult. For example, because they work a lot (sitting). Or because they are not so good on their feet.
Why is healthy living important?Bad eating habits and insufficient exercise can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Poor physical condition also increases the risk of an ugly fall . And you can suffer from fear of falling . Sleep deprivation can also have unpleasant consequences. For example, you may become more forgetful.
How do you start a healthy lifestyle? Start with small steps. Do you want to eat healthier? Start the day with a piece of fruit. Too much (fruit) sugar is not good for you, so also see where you can cut back. Coffee and tea with sugar, and sugary soft drinks are real culprits. Do you find it difficult to exercise enough? Movement trainers , such as a bicycle trainer for under your desk, are an easy way to keep moving (while sitting). A good sleeping environment can help for a good night’s sleep. Choose airy bed linen and put your phone or tablet away half an hour before going to sleep.
How can you live healthy? Read 10 tips hereWith these 10 tips, your life will quickly and easily become a lot healthier.
- Drink 2.5 liters of water per day
Drinking enough water has many benefits. It helps drain toxins, lose weight, reduce fatigue and more. Drink a large glass of water before each meal and keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
- Have a good breakfast
Your body needs energy to start the day! Eat a piece of fruit and, for example, a wholemeal sandwich, or a bowl of cottage cheese with nuts, fruit and/or muesli. Avoid sweet and heavy toppings, such as Nutella or greasy sausage.
- Eat slowly
By chewing well, your intestines can process the meal more easily. You also quickly notice that you have eaten enough, so you are less likely to eat too much.
- Eat regularly
Three main meals a day is a good start. This prevents you from suddenly having a binge in between.
- Eat a varied diet
If you stick to the Wheel of Five, you can be sure that you are getting the right nutrients. So eat vegetables (1), fruit (2), fish (3), nuts (4) and whole grain products (5). In this article you can read more about healthy eating.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol contains a lot of calories. It also ensures a less good night’s sleep, just like caffeine. Still in need of something ‘spicy’? Try a (cold) herbal tea or ginger.
- Sleep long (but not too long!)
How much sleep you need depends on your age. Seven to eight hours of sleep a night is a good start. Do you notice that you are still tired after seven to eight hours of sleep? Then there might be something else going on. In that case, discuss it with your doctor.
- Sleep regularly
Go to bed around the same time as much as possible and get up at set times. For a good night’s sleep it is very important that your body ‘knows’ when to go to bed and when to get up again. Read more about a good night’s sleep here .
- Get enough exercise
Make sure you exercise moderately intensively for 30 minutes a day. Go for a walk or bike ride. Buy or rent a movement trainer or an exercise bike . Don’t move so easily anymore? Make sure you have a good walking stick , a walking frame or a good walker . Or do yoga exercises .
- Practice good oral hygiene
Regular brushing and flossing prevents bacteria from building up in your mouth. They not only cause cavities, but can also reduce your overall resistance. Make sure you also visit the dentist regularly.
Bonus tip (11)
Smile and enjoy! This is how you reduce stress – and all the unpleasant consequences thereof. Those who feel good will also maintain their healthy lifestyle much more easily. Good food, exercise and sleep also contribute to a happy feeling. With small steps you can ensure that you also end up in an ‘upward spiral’.
Can we help you?
At Vegro we have a wide range of aids that can help with a healthy lifestyle. You can buy these tools from us or borrow them for a certain period of time . In some cases this is even free, if you qualify. Also check out our other vitality articles . We are happy to help you