Friday, August 23, 2019

Health-Boosting Habits That Are Seriously Low Effort

We all want better health, right? However, the effort and time that many healthy habits require us to put in can be a real barrier to success. After all, what busy mummy do you know that can spend two hours at the gym every day, and get a good 10 hours of sleep a night? The good news is that there are some habits you can get into that are great for your health, but only require a small effort. Something you can read more about in my post below. 

Swap out your nightly chocolate bar 

Did you know that the average chocolate bar contains around 5 grams of sugar? Oh and don't even get me started on sports drinks (approx 9 grams). Of course, eating so much sugar on a daily basis isn't great for you. In fact, it can not only hurt the health of your teeth but can lead to blood sugar spikes and weight gain as well. 

That is why one of the most critical health-boosting habits swaps you can make is to trade out your cup of tea and chocolate for something better. Now, I'm not saying you should replace your evening chocolate treat with a piece of fruit, although that could work well. Instead, why not consider having a protein bar, or something homemade and full of whole foods? It could really make all the difference to your health. 

Vape instead of smoke 

We all know by now that smoking is terrible for us. Of course, those of us that are parents also have the added worry that this habit, primarily used to relieve stress in the short term, will be the cause of health problems that will cut our lives short, and prevent us from seeing our kids mature as well. 

Obviously, this means if there is a less harmful option, it is well worth choosing it. Of course, the best option here is to give up completely, something that can be hard to do but certainly is worthwhile. Although, if it were that easy, we'd all have done it already!

In fact, giving up smoking can be one of the most challenging things we ever have to do, and it certainly isn't low effort. That where nicotine replacement products like nicolites vapes come in. The idea being that you still get your nicotine fix, but without all the other nasty chemicals that cigarettes contain. This being something that can have a positive impact on your health compared to smoking. 

Of course, the other significant advantage is by using an e-cigarette you get a very similar smoking experience but are still making a positive change for your health. One that may make giving up entirely that little bit closer as well. 

Spritzers need less wine 

Another very low effort swap that you can make to boost your health concerns the amount of alcohol you drink. Again asking people to stop completely is likely to be unrealistic here, although there is evidence to show that this is the best action for a healthy life. 

Instead, it's all about keeping elbow the current recommended limit of 14 units a week. Which in real terms, work out as about 7 medium glasses of wine. The thing is by using a mixer in your drinks you can still enjoy that glass once the kids have gone to bed every night, but cut your consumption in two. 

In fact, if you use diet lemonade or soda, you can cut the calories you are drinking as well. Which is another health benefit you can achieve with minimal effort! 

Walking the kids home from school 

Exercise is good for us in so many ways, but with a busy life of a working parent getting enough can be tough. Of course, many of us pick up the little ones from school and nursery, and that is an excellent opportunity to get at least some of the recommended 10,000 steps a day.

Now, I say pick them up because getting them dressed, fed, ready, and out the door in the morning is likely to be something of a challenge already, and adding extra time for a walk into this can be a real pain. Instead it's much more realistic to walk to the school to get them at the end of the day, and then walk them home again. 

You'll even miss the daily bundle for car parking spaces as close to the school as possible, which makes this low effort health-boosting habit a double win. 

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