With our modern, busy lives, and with the particular challenges faced in the current world, a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever. Here at Good Stuff, we know that our healthy, prepared meals are just a small part of a healthy overall lifestyle that encompasses your diet, your body and your mind.
With Good Support, we want to offer you some small tips and advice on changing your lifestyle and helping you become healthier and happier. If there’s anything else you would like to know, or any support we can give you, please get in touch and one of our team will be happy to reach out to you and help!
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. What you should eat and in what proportions will depend on your goals, so you need to base your diet on what you want to achieve.
Most people in the UK eat and drink too many calories, too much trans fat, sugar and salt, and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish or fibre. All Good Stuff meals are calorie controlled, nutritionally balanced and contain diverse ingredients offering different vitamins and macros, so are a great start for changing your eating habits.
Some useful resources on healthy eating;
We should all aim to be physically active every day. This can be more difficult than ever in the current world, but a healthy regime should include regular cardiovascular activity, working key muscle groups, stretching, and even minimizing sitting down as much as possible.
Here are a few simple tips to get moving & feeling great:
- Try to have a consistent sleep schedule. It’s not easy in the modern world to get the 7-9 hours sleep humans function best on. However, having a fairly consistent time you go to bed and wake up helps your body get into a routine and will help your sleep quality.
- Get outside daily & try to have a consistent step count or daily activity level. Being inside and inactive all day will make getting/staying in shape much harder & is also detrimental to our mental health. You’ll feel better, fitter, and more likely to keep up other positive behaviors having been outside.
- Lift weights. How cliche of us as fitness professionals to recommend lifting weights. However, resistance training has so many benefits that huge amounts of the population don’t take advantage of (thanks scary gym environment). Namely improved blood glucose levels, sense of empowerment, increased bone density, helps get that ‘toned/defined’ look, reduced risk of sarcopenia, improved athletic performance and may be better than cardiovascular exercise for weight maintenance.
We all know the past months have been particularly testing for us all, so it is more important than ever to look after your mental well-being, as well as your physical wellbeing.
Whilst a healthy diet and lots of exercise are proven to contribute to better mental health, other aspects like mindfulness exercises can all be part of a regime to help us feel better on a daily basis.
At Good Stuff, we are well aware of the mental health issues faced by people today. We want to play our part, and have therefore decided to team up with SAMH who Scotland’s leading Mental Health support association https://www.samh.org.uk Never be afraid to speak up.
Some useful resources for a healthy mind;