Are you currently looking to start your own health kick?
But you do not know how to start? Then you are in the right place! Our guide to the perfect start of your health kick journey includes a variety of different methods that you can implement into your daily routine that will help you feel healthier and happier. From consuming multivitamins, drinking more water, and improving your diet and sleep pattern as well as so much more!
Start Taking Your Multivitamins
Perhaps one of the most effective ways to kick start your health journey is by implementing multivitamins into your diet. We all know that starting and maintaining a healthy diet where you are getting all of the vitamins[i] and nutrients that you require can be quite difficult. By opting to consume multivitamins every day, they will assure you that you are indeed giving your body everything that it needs. Of course, there is a large variety of multivitamins on the market, and you must make sure that you are getting the correct multivitamins for you[ii]. If you are wondering what factors may affect the multivitamins that you choose, why not check out this website page here.
There are a large variety of benefits that come with consuming daily multivitamins. From boosting your immune system, providing additional help to your digestive system, and improving your energy levels, you are ensuring that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs.
It's Time To Get Moving
Exercise has always been linked heavily to improving your lifestyle[iii]. So a gentle introduction of exercise into your health kick journey is definitely recommended. Now, we are not saying you immediately need to join the gym and spend hours there, but starting off slow and building your way up is definitely more effective. Perhaps you wish to start off by going for daily walks around your local area for around 30 to 60 minutes, or perhaps you would rather start off with a variety of push-ups and press-ups, which you can do from the comfort of your own home. There are plenty of exercise apps and YouTube tutorials that you can check out for free to help guide you.
Try Drinking More Water
Most people can be found guilty of not consuming enough water[iv] on a day-to-day basis. It is a daily task that is quite easy to forget, right? It is widely recommended that you should be consuming from 6 to 8 glasses of water each day. By choosing to drink more water, you may find that you have an increase in energy and brain function, improve the look of your skin, and prevent headaches if that is something you tend to suffer with. There are even water bottles designed with hourly break-downs that you can follow to ensure that you keep drinking enough water.
Take The Time To De-Stress
It can sometimes be easy to forget that when you are starting a health kick, that you must consider your mental health as well as your physical health. Ensuring that you are making time for yourself and de-stressing from a hard day are just as important as implementing a healthy diet or exercise regime. There are a variety of different ways that you can de-stress and take care of yourself, from meditation, a relaxing bath, spending time with friends, reading, and journalling are just a variety of options you can choose from. Simply put, take time to do what you love.
Implement A Decent Sleeping Pattern
While it is widely accepted that 8 hours of sleep is the perfect amount that you need each night, many people can healthily go with less or may require more. We all know that sleep can be a hard thing to come by. Whether you are in a stressful stage in your life, have too many responsibilities that you must complete throughout the day, or maybe you suffer from sleep related issues such as insomnia. Improving your sleep schedule could be easier said than done. But, if you can manage to improve your sleep pattern, then you are less likely to suffer from issues such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Have you tried magnesium or Nutri Advanced MegaMag night? A lack of sleep can also have an enormous impact on your mental health and energy levels. Read our article on sleep here.
Improve Your Diet
One of the most popular methods to implement into any health kick journey is improving your diet. Of course, we all have times in the year when we struggle more with keeping to a healthy diet, like Christmas or any special holiday. But it is always good to refocus to make sure you are giving your body the fuel that it needs. Perhaps, research healthy recipes that may give you some much needed inspiration, or why not try meal preparation? Not only does it limit the opportunity for simply ordering a takeout, but in the long run it will also save you money on your groceries. Sugar cravings? Try cinnamon and chromium [vi]
Set Goals To Help Keep You On Track
Our final tip in our guide to starting your health kick journey is to set some goals. Goal setting is perfect to ensure that you are staying on track and can help keep you motivated in the long run. Especially if you include rewards when you complete specific goals. Make sure to create SMART goals, meaning that they are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. As this will ensure that your goals are achievable. And always remember to not be too hard on yourself. We all have good days and bad days. There will be times throughout the year where you will achieve your healthy goals every day, and times where you will just feel like giving up. Be kind to yourself.
That concludes our guide to starting your health kick! Every individual health journey is unique, as you may be wishing to target different areas of your life and make them healthier. Our guide is here to inspire you to try different things in order to help motivate your health journey. No matter which tip you try, make sure that you are kind to yourself as well. If you do not follow your new goals every day, that is ok. If you are too hard on yourself, it may have a negative effect on your motivation levels in the long run.
[i] NIH State-of-the-Science Panel. National Institutes of Health state-of-the-science conference statement: multivitamin/mineral supplements and chronic disease prevention. Am J Clin Nutr 2007;85:257S-264S.
[ii]Huang H-Y, Caballero B, Chang S, Alberg AJ, Semba RD, Schneyer C, et al. Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements and Prevention of Chronic Disease. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 139. (Prepared by The Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0018). AHRQ Publication No. 06-E012. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. May 2006.
[iii]Yetley, EA. Multivitamin and multimineral dietary supplements: definitions, characterization, bioavailability, and drug interactions. Am J Clin Nutr 2007;85:269S-276S.
[iv]Association between physical exercise and mental health in 12 million individuals in the USA between 2011 and 2015: a cross-sectional study
[v]Effects of diet, habitual water intake and increased hydration on body fluid volumes and urinary analysis of renal fluid retention in healthy volunteers [vi]Effects of Chromium Picolinate on Food Intake and Satiety https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2753428/