7 Tips to Feeling Your Best

feeling goodNowadays, we all have busy, busy lives. We can sometimes neglect our health and wellbeing without realizing, or we may find that we’re so caught up in our work or sorting out other people’s problems that we tend to neglect our own. Follow the seven tips below for simple ways to help you feel your best, as well as look your very best.

#1

Get laughing! It’s a cliché, but laughter is the best medicine. If you’re finding that you’re feeling down or sad, try something simple like watching a funny television program. Tell a funny joke. Get a friend to share some funny stories with you. Read a funny book. Whatever you decide to do, try to find the joy or the humor in things and try to become a glass half full person rather than a glass half empty person.

#2

Get walking. We’ve all heard that taking 10,000 steps a day is enough to keep the weight off and to keep us healthy, but more recent studies have shown that people over the age of 50 should take 12,000 steps a day. To help you reach your target, buy a pedometer. Don’t worry about having to go on long walks –  a few runs up and down the stairs and being on your feet all day cooking and shopping can really add up your steps. If you have a dog, you’ll be far more likely to reach your target because of the amount of walking you’ll be doing.

#3

Eat just one extra portion of fruit and vegetables a day, as studies have shown that doing that can actually give you a 20% less chance of dying from any cause. It’s really not that difficult to add more fruit and vegetables to your diet either – an apple or a handful of spinach leaves is equal to one portion. Plus, they taste delicious – make sure to eat all fruit raw, because the skin is brilliant for you. With vegetables, steam them or eat them raw, as this keeps them healthy, rather than cooking them in fat.

#4

Stop watching the television and get outside. Studies have shown that we actually spend a whopping seven years of our lives watching television. Next time you think that you haven’t got time to go to the gym or you haven’t got time to go to the gym, get off your bum and get exercising. Equally, if you think you don’t have time to cook food fresh, think again – try making up batches of food on a Sunday and then freezing them in individual portions. Get a portion out as you need it, meaning that there is no waste and not a lot of work.

#5

Have a cuddle. Studies have shown that your life could actually be extended if you hug your partner frequently – a cuddle that lasts for 20 seconds is known to lower blood pressure and reduce levels of cortisone, which has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. So get close and get cuddling!

#6

Try to reduce your salt intake. Processed food and ready-made meals can have extremely high levels of salt in them. Don’t add salt to meals unless its low sodium salt, and try not to eat things like salty potato chips. High levels of salt can up your blood pressure levels which can really increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Instead, eat vegetables or things like smoked fish or highly flavored cheese – these have great flavor and you don’t need to add any salt to them.

#7

Eat beets. Relatively new research has indicated that eating beetroots or drinking beetroot juice can alter your chances of getting high blood pressure, reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and strokes. It’s actually thought that after drinking just 500ml of beetroot juice, your blood pressure could be reduced in just one hour.