If you want to live a healthier, happier life, you don’t have to sacrifice everything that you live and start leading a life that’s totally different to the one you’re enjoying right now – you just need to make a few simple swaps to optimise your way of living.
Intrigued? Check out these simple examples of healthy swaps that you could use to change your life for the better right now:
Cigarettes for Vape Pens
If you switch from traditional cigarettes to vape pens, then you will vastly improve your health now and in the future because the kind of vape liquids you can purchase at the Vape Shop and elsewhere do not contain all of those nasty chemicals that you’ll find in tobacco such as arsenic benzene and butane to name a few. It’s also an easy swap to take because you can still get your ‘fix’.
Static Stretching for Active Stretching
If you exercise and you’re prone to injuries, then switching from static stretching to active stretching – things like lunges, squats and arm swings – before your main workout will ensure that your body is more warmed up and less likely to become injured – it could be a game changer.
Soda for Sparkling Water
If you’re a soda addict, you might be thinking there’s no way that sparkling water can replace the wonderful flavours of your favourite fizzy drinks, but remember, you don’t have to drink it plain! Sparkling water infused with fruits and herbs tastes fantastic, and unlike most fizzy drinks it isn’t packed with diabetes and obesity causing sugar or sweeteners which can spike the blood sugar.
TV for Books
Okay so you don’t have to give up watching TV completely to change your life (although it would certainly help), but if you switch out even 30 percent of your TV time for sitting down with a good book, you’ll boost your intelligence, increase your vocabulary and become a more creative person. It really is that simple.
Flat Treadmill for an Incline
If you want to push yourself harder and burn more calories on the treadmill, then swap the flat setting for a bit of an incline, keep increasing over time, and you’ll have legs of steel and the stamina of a fine racehorse.
A Standard Desk for a Standing Desk
If you work a desk job, then you probably spend more time than is healthy being sedentary. If it’s your job, there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it, but you can at least burn more calories and build a bit more muscle by switching your desk for a standing desk from Sit and Stand instead. It’ll improve your posture and help to alleviate any back pain you’re feeling too.
Cardio for Weight Training
Ideally, you should make time for both of these in your regime, but if you can’t do that, then if you want to lose weight, tone up and strengthen your bone density, you should switch your usual hour of cardio for a session in the weight room.
White for Brown
When it comes to eating healthy, one of the simplest changes you can make is from white to brown. Whether it’s bread, pasta or rice, the brown version will almost certainly have more nutrition, and much more fibre than the white version, keeping you healthier and fuller for longer. Time to make the switch.
The Lift for Stairs
Changing the lift for the stairs is a great way to build more activity into your day so that you burn more calories. Sure, the difference might be slight in the course of a day, but over the weeks and months those extra calories will add up.
Late Nights for Early Nights
Sleep is a miracle cure. When you get your full quota (usually 7-9 hours per night), you are less likely to suffer from stress, depression, obesity, fatigue and a whole host of other maladies that make swapping your late nights for early ones a no-brainer.
Eating Out for Home Cooking
Eating out might be easier, but it is certainly not better for you in terms of your health or your bank balance, If you’re strapped for time, make a meal plan and buy and cook healthy meals in advance, freezing them until they’re needed – you’ll have more money and a healthier body if you do.
Swapping out these things, as you can see, is pretty simple, but it will make a huge difference to your life, and most importantly of all, your health. So, what are you waiting for?