It’s easy to trick ourselves into thinking we’re living a healthy lifestyle. You go to the gym, you eat a salad, you drink some water. Great! But if this isn’t regularly implemented into your routines, it might not be particularly effective. And if you’re regularly eating fast food or drinking high volumes of alcohol, the healthy things that are going into your body may not have much of an impact.
There are many reasons you might want to be healthier. Perhaps you have high cholesterol, want to lose weight or are having erectile dysfunction problems (see here for therapy for ED). But if you’re trying to be healthier and not seeing results, it can be frustrating. Why might this be? Are you as healthy as you think?
If you’ve recently started exercising to improve your health, you might be disappointed that you haven’t seen immediate results. However, you need to exercise cleverly to notice any significant changes. Whether you’re looking for weight loss, muscle gain or simply improved fitness levels, it’s important to mix up your workouts and add variety. For example, the cross trainer is an excellent machine that works your legs, arms and core and will improve your heart rate. However, if you do the same intensity and time on the cross trainer for every session, your body will adapt and won’t work as hard. Therefore, you will benefit from adding some high intensity sessions and using different machines to truly feel the health benefits.
Another key way to be healthier is to improve your diet. This might mean cutting down on sugar and fast food. You’ll already be aware that these things have a negative impact on your body: fast food can give you a high cholesterol, unwanted weight gain and may even cause issues with fertility. Sugar is addictive and can cause dental distress and oily skin. However, whilst you may have cut down on unhealthy foods, you may still struggle to notice any obvious changes. One of the common reasons for this is that you’re still eating things that are unhealthy without realising it. For example, you may be buying lots of low fat foods, thinking that they will help you with weight loss – however, most of these products tend to be high in sugar. Your best bet is to cook your own meals from home from scratch so you know exactly what has gone into them and can closely track what you are eating.
Unfortunately, stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. Whilst you might be doing the right things, like exercising and watching what you eat, if you’re feeling stressed, your body might not feel healthy. This might also have an impact on your sleep, which is essential in living a healthy lifestyle. If you’re feeling the impacts of stress, it’s important to speak to someone about the way you’re feeling. A therapist or counsellor will be able to help – and you’ll find that talking can improve your health more than you imagined.