Eat well, stay happy and get regular exercise. If only things were that simple. Instead, staying healthy is a case of ‘the more you learn, the less you know.’
Nobody is identical and a balanced lifestyle for some won’t be effective for others. Despite what Joe Wicks claims, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to health.
If you’re looking for alternative ways to stay healthy and ensure you’re keeping as fit as possible, we’ve collected a few tips and tricks to try. Give them a go and see if they put an extra spring in your step.
1. Get a health MOT
There’s little better feeling than receiving a clean bill of health from your local GP. Like the best placebo in the world, having a medical professional tell you that you’re fighting fit is an endorphin rush that few can match.
A number of online diagnostic companies have emerged to replicate that feeling. Chief amongst them is Medical Diagnosis, which can check your vitals with non-invasive tests and provide you with results in a matter of hours.
If you want piece of mind in your state of health, this is a worthwhile investment.
2. Go plant-based
Although plant-based diets have entered the mainstream, they’re still not the preserve of the majority and, for many, veganism continues to be viewed as a passing fad.
Despite this, the health benefits of removing meat and dairy from your diet are scientifically proven. That doesn’t, however, mean you can eat anything with ‘plant-based’ written on the side of the packet.
Instead, an effective vegan diet should contain minimal processed food. That means no Quorn Chicken Pieces, no Linda McCartney Sausages and definitely no Ben & Jerry’s dairy-free ice cream.
In their place, try black beans, lentils and oodles of tasty hummus. These might sound like bland dietary choices, but they can be delicious when cooked properly.
3. Cut out gluten
An intolerance to gluten can creep up on you at any age, and can cause major health problems if they go untreated. If you’re feeling bloated and sluggish, try cutting white bread and pasta from your diet and see if your state of health improves.
4. Create a symptom journal
Most people aren’t overly aware of their health or can’t keep track of changes in their body that might signal that a new lifestyle is needed.
The easiest way to do this is to create a symptom journal that you can use to log any time you’ve felt a change in your body or felt unwell. Track what food you’ve eaten that day and you may be able to connect your ill feeling with your diet.
A symptom journal is also a great thing to share with your GP, giving them a clear overview of how you’ve been feeling since you last visited.
Those are our top alternative tips to good health. Do you have any recommendations of your own? Then let us know in the comments below.