Desire of Our Hearts #3

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I'm sorry I haven't done one of these posts in so long! I've had a few already written but never got around to posting them, until now. Today I'll be giving you advice on being healthier, doing more exercise and being a better person physically. You've probably seen some tips online, most of which don't help, but these ideas are easy to do and you will see and feel different really soon. This has been highly requested by people, so I thought I'd try my best to answer your questions.

Before I begin this post, I just want to let you know that I'm no expert at fitness and being healthy myself. Of course I have naughty days where I eat loads of chocolate or lazy days where I don't want to exercise. However, I've got passed that and I'm turning over a new leaf. I'd love for you guys to come along on this journey with me.

1. Exercise is really important and it is vital if we want to stay fit. The good thing is there are a variety of ways you can do this, whether it's walking to the shop, doing some sit-ups or stretching, it all counts. You should aim to do 30-60 minutes of exercise everyday, but if you're new to it then ease yourself in as you're less likely to give up. If you're going somewhere, park the car a bit further away than usual and walk the rest, or if you have to do some housework, play some cool music and dance around the house as you tidy! You should also aim to either do some stretching, weight lifting or cardio. If you don't want to go the gym, them some simple star jumps and lunges will suffice for a start. If you are looking for a weight-like object, an evenly weighted object like a tin of beans will be good for bicep curls. Another thing you can do is sit in front of the TV and lie on your side, lifting the upper leg as high as possible, towards your ear. Leave it there and then swap sides, using the TV as a distraction. Exercise is also great when you have people to do it with, so why not go swimming with your friends or start horseriding? My favourite ways to exercise is stretching, dancing and walking/running with my dog, as I find these things so enjoyable that I forget that I'm doing exercise!

2. Eat healthier. This is probably one of the hardest ones, as we're all temped by chocolate and crisps at some point. Start by swapping a few unhealthy snacks for healthier variations, such as crisps for corn chips or crackers and chocolate for dark chocolate. Also,try making more meals yourself, or if you're a child encourage your parents to make their meals. There are lots of bad things in fast food, ready meals and takeaways so these should be eaten as little as possible. Also, make sure you eat 5 a day. I know this may sound hard, but it can easily be split up. There are also lots of exotic and adventurous fruits that you can find in your supermarket. Pure fruit juices also count, which is an easy way to slip some vitamins and minerals into your meal. Remember to keep it balanced though, so you should still be eating carbohydrates, protein and dairy.

3. Drink more water. This is another thing that we all say we're going to do and give up on after a few weeks. If you have school or work, try taking a bottle around with you. If you don't like the taste of water, or if you are used to drinking sugary drinks, try this: Fill your bottle with water of the night and add some fruit to it. It can be anything from blueberries, lemon, strawberries or apples. You can try different fruits and see what they end up like. If you have access to herbs such as mint, rosemary etc. then use them as well. Leave the fruity water in the fridge overnight and when you get it in the morning, it should taste a lot nicer! Other drinks you should have are milk and fresh fruit juices, as they both help your body become stronger and gain the minerals it needs.

4. Smile more often! Not only does smiling instantly make us feel better and others feel happier, but it also releases endorphins. These naturally make us feel good. Smiling also helps lower blood pressure, boosts your immune system and relieves stress. People who are sad have often said that just smiling has made them feel a bit better. It's so easy to smile, so why don't we?

I hope you liked this post and that I inspired you to become a new you! If I missed out anything that you think is really important, or if you have any other tips that are really good, I'd be happy to hear them! Thanks for reading and I'll be back later in the week with another post.

Love from Daisy x

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