Staying fit and healthy is something that we all know that we should do. However, in our day to day
lives it isn’t always easy to give it priority. We know we should climb the two flights of stairs to the
meeting room – but if you’re running late and it’s a choice between exercise or bursting in red-faced
and breathless after the meeting has started, then most people would head for the lift. And who
could blame them? Improving your overall health and fitness shouldn’t be a chore. With this in mind,
there are four very simple ways to get started:
1. Drink more water
Yes, it really is that easy. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women
drink 1.8 litres of water per day and men drink 2.0 litres. It may seem a lot, but when you
consider that 75% of the brain is made up of water and two thirds of the weight of a healthy
human body should be water, you can start to see how important it is. Our bodies need water
for a number of functions, including all chemical reactions in its cells and carrying nutrients
around the body. Staying hydrated will help you feel more awake, alert and it will curb those
2. Eat regular meals
Eating regularly when you’re trying to stay healthy, and perhaps even slim down, might
seem like a strange thing, but actually your body needs a certain amount of calories per day to
function properly. Eating small regular meals will help to keep your blood sugar stable and avoid
those sugar cravings. Try and choose healthy snacks such as dried fruit, nuts and yoghurts. Don’t
forget – the most important meal of the day is breakfast. You wouldn’t expect your car to
function without petrol, so don’t ask the equivalent of your body.
3. Get more sleep
The average amount of sleep that a grown adult needs is between 6-8 hours per night. Sleep
is a great healer; it’s when we’re asleep that our bodies rest, recover and recuperate. Without
enough sleep, we are straining our bodies.
4. Try and up your activity level
This doesn’t mean that you need to commit to a gym workout every lunchtime, you can
increase your activity – and your heartrate – in lots of simple ways. For example, if you use
public transport to get to work try getting off a stop or two early and walking the rest of the way.
This will barely add to your commute – but it will definitely add to your fitness. Other things you
can try are making a rule with yourself to always walk somewhere if it’s less than a mile, take up
a sport you enjoy, such as racket ball or squash or simply take your dog for a longer run.