Why Start Your Own Health Blog?

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Before we get into why start your own health blog, firstly, what is a health blog?

It can cover a range of health related topics or concerns such as weight loss, nutrition, fitness, disease management, health analysis, and research. Health blogs often have a lot of interaction and a community. There are also different types of health blogs. They can be a personal journal, factual style, entertaining such as top 10…, or one which reviews health products just to name a few.

Why Start Your Own Health Blog?

There are many reasons to start a health blog. We will only name a few here.

It’s Easy

Firstly, it’s easy! With programs such as WordPress, you can set up your own website and your very own health blog in the matter of hours. Then of course you need some content, but that is a whole other story. You can even get free hosting from places like WordPress. But don’t expect to get superfast speeds or anything.

Community

Blogging regardless of the topic often brings about a sense of community. For health blogs, people can share their weight loss journey results with other members and you can even make a network of online ‘friends’ some of which can turn out to be lifelong friends.

Help Others

If your blog reaches a lot of people, there is a good chance that you will be able to help people with their issues or provide support. Your blog can be a good motivator for your readers. This could be if you are training for a half marathon, you could blog about your story. This may help motivate your readers to do the same and therefore it will help them get healthier. Or you could blog about health tips and help people understand more about what they are eating for example.

Avenue To Vent

Had a tough day at work? Your blog can be a good place to vent and feel better. Just don’t be doing this too often, you don’t want your blog to become a negative place where all you do is complain. And if you don’t want to use your real name, you can come up with a pen name. This way you can say exactly what your viewpoint is on a particular topic without the fear of threats or similar.

So there you have it. There were 4 great reasons to start a health blog. So what are you waiting for? Start yours today!

5 Healthy Snacks To Take To Work

5 Healthy Snacks To Take To Work

Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and can have many health benefits. But did you know that putting on weight is around 80% because of food and 20% because of a lack of exercise?

Eating healthy on a day to day basis is so important! Not just one healthy meal a week. What we do on a daily basis is what matters most. This includes snacks. And where do we eat the most snacks? At work.

So what do we do about this? We need to start bringing healthy snacks to work and start to avoid sugary drinks (and diet drinks), sweets, and unhealthy foods. What are some good healthy options of snacks to bring to work?

Trail Mix

Trail mix is a great option to bring to work as a healthy snack. But this doesn’t mean that you can go to the store and buy which ever trail mix you like and get one with smarties and roasted ingredients. No! Pick one which has nothing artificial (this includes smarties) and not roasted. Look at your ingredients list, you want to see nuts, seeds and similar and no other added ingredients. Trail mixes can be a great healthy snack for you to take to work and is really filling. Just remember to pick the right trail mix.

Protein Bars

This is another great snack idea for work. However, you also need to be careful about which protein bar you buy. Many packaged protein bars are full of sugar and / or other unwanted ingredients. So before you buy your next protein bar, make sure to check the ingredients lists and look for ones with healthy ingredients, have a short ingredients list, and have nothing you don’t understand. Protein bars are a great energy booster and are really yummy too! And they help a lot during a 3pm slump.

Cut Up Veggies

Probably the best snack idea for work. Super convenient to eat and really tasty. Simply cut up some veggies in the morning or the night before work and eat at your convenience. Some good examples are carrots, broccoli, celery, and cherry tomatoes. They can really take the edge off hunger (or boredom)!

Water

Ok so not exactly a snack. But drinking enough water each day is so important. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, it takes the edge of cravings and is great for dehydration. Our bodies cannot operate at their best when we are even slightly dehydrated. Focus on drinking lots of water the next time you are at work.

Top 5 Ways To Lose Weight

Top 5 Ways To Lose Weight

Let’s face it. Most of us want to lose at least a little bit off weight. Some of us a lot. So how do we do it? There are so many ways we can lose weight, but we will go through some of the better options in our opinion.

Replace Your 3pm Crash Food

Many of us during the 3pm crash while at work go straight for a treat such as a donut and a coffee with milk to boost our energy. Having lots of coffee can cause energy slumps which will make you reach for those sugary treats. So instead, pack some cut up carrots and celery to bring with you to work and have that with a herbal tea for your next 3pm slump.

Hire A Health Coach

One of the best ways to lose weight fast and keep it off is by hiring a health coach. While this option is generally more expensive than other options, it has been proven to be the most effective and the option that will be more long term than other options.

Weight Loss Shakes

Another great and easy way to lose weight is by drinking weight loss shakes. These shakes are designed to replace meals (mainly breakfast and / or lunch) so that you avoid eating your usual breakfast cereal that is no good for you and you stop eating those take out lunches. Weight loss shakes are a proven way to lose weight fast. Just make sure to do your research before trying a new shake. Many of them contain lots of sugar.

You Don’t Have To Be All Or Nothing

Most people when they decide they want to lose weight go for an all or nothing approach. So they say to themselves, I will not eat any more food or drink which is bad for me ever. As you can imagine, there is no way this can work for any extended amount of time. You are far better off cutting things out of your diet and replacing them with a healthier option one at a time. And if you have a slip up and eat some junk food, its ok, everyone does it from time to time. No point in ruining the rest of the day eating more junk and you having the attitude “oh well, I will just start my diet again tomorrow”.