Our health is our most valuable asset. Without it we can’t enjoy life, work productivity or spend quality time with family or friends. With our hectic schedules, it can sometimes be difficult to make sure our health is a priority. I’ve written 5 simple ways to keep your health in check to help motivate you to prioritise your own health and wellbeing. Here are my favourite tips:
1. Enjoy a Massage Here and There
I’m not suggesting you shell out for massages especially if they’re not part of your financial plan for the coming year, but if do have the spare change for a massage a few times a year it can be a great investment. Many of us store emotions in knots in our body and they can leave us feeling tense, stressed and overwhelmed. Not only is a massage super relaxing, it’s also a good way to clear out toxins and promote healthier posture.
2. Ensure You’re Insured
I’m talking about health insurance, here. No matter where you live in the world it’s important to ensure that if you ever need medical treatment, then the cost is going to be as low as possible and as affordable as possible. Many people throughout the EU change countries and in order to access the health care system in your host country, it’s important that you have a EHIC Card. You must have this card present and current to be eligible for the discounted medical care. EHIC Card Renewal is easy and can be done online in a few minutes, so don’t forget renewal before yours expires. If you’re from outside the EEA zone, then consider buying private insurance to ensure that no matter what happens you’re covered.
3) Get More Fruits and Vegetables
With our busy lifestyles it can be very hard to get enough fruit and vegetables in, especially when most on-the-go snacks are filled with empty carbohydrates. I love making a daily smoothie, a mix of both fruit and vegetables, to ensure that I’m getting a good mix of the nutrients and vitamins I need to be full of energy. If you’re not a fan of smoothies, trying counting up to 5 each day to ensure you’re getting at least five servings of fruit and vegetables.
4) Consume More Fibre
Fibre is something that’s find in food in it’s raw form. When food is cooked or heavily processed often much of the fibre is removed. Fibre is also important for keeping you regular and ensuring your bowel health. Fibre can also add weight loss by making you feel more full and mildly minimising your appetite. One of the easiest way to get fibre into your diet is by adding in psyllium husk to your smoothie or to a glass of water.
5) Be More Active
Exercise can do great things for your mind and body, the hard part is making it a part of your routine. I tried for a long time to get into the gym, but found myself resenting it every time I went and it felt really hard to commit to even a few times a week. Recently I’ve started going to yoga and I have two friends that keep me accountable, and I’ve noticed that I’m finding it easy to be consistent. Whether you love long walks with your dog, more intense sports like boxing or weight lifting, or something more relaxed like yoga, the important thing is incorporating exercise into your weekly schedule.
With these five tips you’ll be able to ensure your health is in check.