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There are simple lifestyle changes you can make for a healthy living and lifestyle that will help you achieve all your diet and fitness goals.

In the first post I made on this title, I was able to highlight some simple lifestyle changes that will make you healthier and better, and now here is the continuation. Click here to read part 1

Simple lifestyle changes you should consider

#1). Go for a massage

Don’t make the mistake of thinking a massage is an indulgence to be enjoyed only as a special treat. As well as helping you feel relaxed, massage therapy can aid the healing process and boost the immune system, and also reduce blood pressure, stress, mental health problems and anxiety.

Nothing compares to the human touch; go for a massage today and you’ll feel instantly more relaxed and ready to take on the world. And if you can – do it monthly to help maintain good health and wellbeing.

#2). Give up smoking

Like, duh. But while it might sound obvious – the benefits of kicking the smoking habit still elude 20% of the female population, who, despite all the established risks, are still smokers. If you’re one of them, then don’t you dare think that it’s somehow too late for you to give up and return to normal health. The human body is incredible – especially when it comes to repairing itself.

A mere 20 minutes after stopping smoking and your blood pressure and pulse have already returned to normal. After 24 hours your lungs begin to clear, after two days your body is nicotine free and after three days you will find breathing gets easier. Even more amazing is the fact that after one year your heart-attack risk is already half that of a smoker and after a decade lung cancer risk is halved. Still dying for that next cigarette?

#3). Cut back on booze

Enjoying sensible amounts of alcohol poses very little risk to your health and, in fact, can even reduce the risk of heart disease in some individuals. However, drinking more than two units a day means you are exposing yourself to a number of serious health problems, including raised blood pressure, mental health disorders, cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.

If you regularly exceed this amount or binge drink at the weekend, then cutting back or – for a short period anyway – giving up booze completely act as an instant pick-me-up, and you’re less likely to suffer from fatigue, anxiety, stress and depression.

#4). Zero out trans fats

Believe it or not, we need fat in our diet as much as we need protein and carbohydrates. But, and this is a big but, we need ‘good’ fats; the monounsaturated kind found in olive oil, avocadoes, fish and other healthy foods.

What you should give up today, on the other hand, are ‘bad’ fats, the worst of which is undoubtedly trans fat, the unnatural variety of unsaturated fats found in cakes, biscuits, crisps and other junk food. This is the kind of fat that attaches itself to your hips and belly and hangs on for dear life. Only by completely cutting them from your diet and embarking on a regular exercise programme will you start to lose weight and feel healthier.

#5). See a personal trainer

Starting a fitness regime can be like taking a massive leap in the dark for some people; if you have no knowledge of what it takes to get fit then your attempt to get in shape will more than likely end in frustration and failure.

To make sure you are on the right path, arrange a session with an experienced personal trainer; this way you will know that what you’re doing is actually beneficial to your fitness needs. And if you’re worried about cost, even forking out £40 pounds or so for the initial consultation will help, as you’ll learn a lot about the sort of exercises you should be doing, and you could even walk away with a training programme and diet plan.

#6). Get a pet

Think this sounds barmy? Think again. Research shows that pet owners have lower blood pressure and are less prone to anxiety and depression than those who live without the love and companionship of a furry friend.

Some experts also claim that having an animal in the house helps to boost immunity by exposing us to dirt and allergens early on in life. One study also found that pet owners are less likely to develop heart disease.

 

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