We are always looking for ways to lead a healthier life. After all, we are the number one person who affects our health. Therefore, we have to take measures to prevent ourselves from ending up unhealthy. But a lot of the things we do on a daily basis is affecting our health. Therefore, it’s now time to make some changes. Here are eight simple swaps you need to make to lead a healthier and happier life.
Swap from milkshakes to smoothies
I, for one, love a milkshake first thing in the morning. Or when I head out for some lunch, it’s definitely on my radar. But the delicious drink isn’t the healthiest thing you can have, despite the fruit content! In fact, a milkshake is full of saturated fat which can contribute to heart disease. And the average glass of milkshake contains around 400 calories! That’s a lot for just one small drink that you will consume in seconds. Therefore, it’s time to make a change and swap to a smoothie instead! A smoothie is an excellent choice as it’s packed full of healthy fruit and vegetables. In fact, a lot of people have one so that they can ensure they have the required daily amount of fruit and vegetable.
Switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes
A lot of people struggle to stop smoking. It all starts with one and soon you are smoking your life away. After all, it’s bad for your lungs and can contribute to heart disease. If you do want to make a change but are struggling to give up your fix, you ought to switch to vaping for now. E-cigarettes have managed to successfully help people to quit the bad habit. After all, by using these, you cut out the tar which can cause cancer. And you can get different types of vapor liquids; for example, you can visit Vaporescence to try a mango lassi flavor!
Swap from the sofa to treadmill when watching TV
When we are watching television, we tend to sit around for hours. But a lack of exercise can cause significant damage to your health. As well as the fact you are more likely to start snacking while in front of the television! Therefore, it’s time to get active while you are watching your favorite show. For example, you can watch an episode of Game of Thrones while you complete a 30-minute walk on the treadmill! Watching the TV will stop you getting bored while completing exercise! Who knew binge-watching TV could get you in shape!
Switch from your car to walking or biking
A lot of us take the lazy route and use the car to get to work every day. After all, the last thing we want to do is complete any exercise in the morning. But biking or walking (depending on the distance) is an excellent way to ensure you get enough exercise. Plan your route and join a colleague who also wants to avoid the car for their morning commute. As this article explains, a bike ride will boost endorphins before the workday so that you are in a happier mood. And it can save you some money if you skip the gas station on the way to work!
Swap from web surfing to a jog in the morning
In the morning, I think we are all guilty of browsing the web before we head to work. But that 20 minutes you spend in the morning looking online could be used for a morning jog. After all, it’s a healthy way to start the day off. You will kickstart your metabolism which will help you to lose weight. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, you will be surprised how much better you will feel before heading into work!
Swap from soda to fizzy water
You might not be surprised to hear that half of Americans admit to having fizzy drinks on a daily basis. After all, Pepsi is the nation’s favorite drink! But when we are drinking the pop, we are missing out on a chance to have water. And water is so essential to keep us healthy. By not having enough, we are more at risk of getting ill. Therefore, it’s time to swap to water when you are thirsty. And if you are missing the bubbles, you can switch to fizzy water. It’s still ensuring you are drinking healthier, without making you feel miserable!
Swap from shopping at grocery stores to farmers market
A lot of the food we pick up at the grocery store is packed full of hidden ingredients which is making us put on weight. After all, how often do we get the chance to stand and properly look at the ingredients in an item before putting it in our trolley? And even the fruit and vegetables we can buy from there are not in the healthiest condition. Therefore, to ensure you lead a healthier life, you should consider shopping at a farmers market instead! As this feature reveals, locally produced fruit and veggies are more nutritious. And you are giving local farmers money which is always a good thing!
Swap a night out to a fitness class
When you are arranging a night out with your friends, you should consider other options rather than heading out to the club. For one thing, drinking too much alcohol during the night out is putting your health at risk. After all, it can damage your liver and cause you to put on weight. There are so many other fun things you could do with your friends. For example, you and your mates could head to Zumba. The dance class is a great way to get fit while having a giggle with your buddies. Or you could even go ice skating for something fun which gets you all active.
With work leaving so many people suffering from depression, you might want to swap from full-time work to travel to protect your mental health! Discovering new places and meeting people might do you a world of good. And by the time you have finished traveling, you might have found a new career you are passionate about which is better for your mental health!