10 Small Changes to Improve Your Health As advised by a physiotherapist!
With life seemingly moving at a faster pace than ever before, it can be difficult to check in with yourself about your own health. It can be especially difficult if you work full time or have little ones to take care of since you don’t always put yourself first!
But we want everyone to feel good! That’s why we’ve put together a list of ten really easy changes you can make to your everyday life that will improve your health!
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but here’s why you need to take it seriously! It kick-starts your metabolism (which is an easy way to lose weight) and provides the nutrients to tackle your day with energy!
Caffeine is best enjoyed in the morning as soon as you wake up and then not again until tomorrow! Caffeine’s half-life is 6 hours which means it’s not fully out of your system until late evening. Reducing caffeine intake will lower your heart rate and anxiety!
Get more steps in
On average we should be getting 10,000 steps in a day, which is easily achieved in small doses. Get off bus a couple stops earlier, walk your dog more regularly and take a stroll on your lunch break!
Take up an active hobby
The current workforce is working longer hours than ever before at more demanding and stress-inducing jobs. Distracting your brain from work-related thoughts is important! Taking up an active hobby increases your exercise and heart rate, lowers stress and increases happy hormones!
Stretch in the morning
Every animal seems to wake up and immediately stretch before moving or doing anything else and there’s a reason for it! We all should be stretching out tightness, relieving tension and warming up our muscles when we wake or stand up from being seated a while.
No screen hour before bed
Screens and lights everywhere can prevent our bodies from winding down in the evenings and confuse our natural body clocks which associate light with energy and dark with sleep. Stop using screens an hour before bed and enjoy better sleep!
Previous research that 8 hours of sleep is healthy has now become outdated with more modern methods recommending a pattern of a 1 hour nap midday and 8-9 hours sleep at night or, failing that, 10 hours sleep in one stretch at night. Sleep helps the body heal, burns fat and is crucial for brain health.
Refresh your fridge
You already knew healthy eating would fit into here somewhere! It’s easier to eat healthily if you reboot your fridge. Stop overloading on carbs and remember balance! Stock up your fridge with leafy greens for iron and ensure you’re eating enough beans and nuts for protein.
Assess your ergonomics
Don’t put up with a shoddy work area. If you have to sit at a desk for 8 hours, be certain that it is healthy for you. An ergonomic office analysis can check you’re doing right by your posture!
Get a regular massage
Just like a car needs regular servicing to keep running and smooth out any problems, so does your body! At least once a month, book in a deep tissue massage to relieve tension, reduce stress, increase blood circulation and overall wellbeing!
Our expert physiotherapists can come to you so that you can keep these simple changes as easy and convenient as possible!