7 Simple Lifestyle Changes for A Healthier You

The path to a healthy lifestyle has plenty of obstacles that attempt to steer you off track. The chocolate sitting in the cupboard calling your name, the comfortable couch, and the next episode of Masterchef. It’s no easy feat to reach your goals and make lasting changes, but there are some simple steps you can take to get you in the right mind frame:

1. Think of food as fuel

You wouldn’t put vegetable oil into your car and expect it to run properly (right?!). Fuelling your body with the wrong foods will leave you feeling sluggish. The quality, quantity and frequency of the foods you choose to eat will have a significant impact in maintaining a healthy weight – more so than exercise. Keep your body fuelled with a range of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds to ensure it performs at it’s best.

7 Lifestyle Changes for A healthier You

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2. Set a schedule for your workouts

These aren’t optional. Setting appointments with yourself  give you chance to form great habits. Pick a few workouts you love (such as yoga, swimming, skipping) and put them in your weekly calendar on repeat.

3. Make 8 hours of sleep a night a priority

Getting enough rest has a massive impact on your health and wellbeing. Set a bedtime, turn off the lights out and get comfy.  Getting into a proper sleep schedule will boost your energy and overall mood. But if you struggle to make the right sleep habits and want to begin prioritising your sleep, then the Lifehackerguy recommends a sleep tracker called the Oura ring – you can check out his posts on LifeHackerGuy.com.

4. Ditch your self-doubt

I takes a lot of hard work and dedication to maintain healthy lifestyle choices. You have to trust the process. Some days you will feel like you’re making zero progress, but don’t ever give up on what you’ve set out to do – you WILL get there. To get something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.

5. Use weights to lose weight

One of the most effective methods of changing your overall body composition is to incorporate strength training into your workouts. The more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn (even at rest). It’s almost impossible as women to get ‘big’, so toss out this myth and learn to lift.

Image: The Fit Foodie Instagram

Image: The Fit Foodie Instagram @thefitfoodieblog

6. Don’t take shortcuts

I hate to break it to you, but there really is no such thing as a quick fix. The most successful road is the longest, but also the most rewarding. You’ll develop amazing life-long habits on your journey that will stay with you for life. Enjoy it!

7. Be kind to yourself

You are human and you will mistakes, frequently. It’s called life. Take a deep breath, smile, forgive yourself and let it go.

About the author: The Fit Foodie (aka Sally O’Neil), is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. Sally can be found sharing her delicious recipes, wellness tips and workouts at www.the-fit-foodie.com.


  • Reply lucywe1 Friday 7th August, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Love this!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Wednesday 12th August, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Glad you enjoyed the story ! xx

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Tuesday 16th June, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Great advice!

  • Reply becci19 Friday 29th May, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Such good advice!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Saturday 30th May, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Agree it’s good to be reminded of a few tips and pointers we all forget along the way…

  • Reply BellaB Wednesday 27th May, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I’m not sure that all of these are particularly easy to do.

  • Reply vikki18 Wednesday 27th May, 2015 at 12:05 pm


  • Reply Rachelaalycia Tuesday 26th May, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I love this article, so simple but still things we forget to do in every day life

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