Start a Healthy Lifestyle Today
The best way to be thorough with any changes is to get past the all-or-nothing mentality. It is especially important to understand that a consistent and gradual transition is to be preferred when it comes to issues related to health and wellness.
Over 70% of the American population is either overweight or obese, which comes with a set of health risks that most just brush off until too little can be done about it. Simply living a balanced day-to-day life can take care of your money, well-being and self-esteem.
Realistically, your goal should be to organically incorporate small, sustainable changes into your routine so that you no longer perceive it like “healthy eating” and “exercising” but just as eating and staying active.
Truth be told, there really are not any universal regimens to get you fit and strong. You have to just start somewhere, inform yourself as much as possible and figure out what works for your body. Give it time! There is not one single meal or one single diet that will give you the much needed visible results.
A few things you can try:
- quick to prepare meals - your commitment to a new lifestyle is for the time being enough burden in itself, do not wear yourself out in the kitchen.
- cooking by boiling, steaming and baking - use vegetable oil if you cannot give up frying altogether.
- take it easy on the salt and sugar - you will think them impossible to give up at first, so try testing out a variety of spices to replace salt and rely on the sweetness of fruit to do the job for sugary foods.
- do not skip meals - attempt to eat 3 meals daily, and if you feel the need to snack, choose something like fruits, nuts or organic yogurt.
- drink at least 1.5 liters of water every day - as amazing as soups and teas are, it will do you well to just hydrate your body with lots of water.
Being in charge of your meal means you have absolute control over that which goes into what you are preparing. Whatever works for your fit neighbor might not have any positive outcome for you at all. Start small and stay disciplined.
Staying active is also vital for people of all shapes and sizes. If more individuals would thoroughly understand the seemingly obvious fact that our bodies are what physically shields us from the environments in which we find ourselves living then perhaps we would treat it with the respect such a task deserves.
You can try:
- taking the stairs instead of the elevator - every time you get the chance
- walking a trail each weekend - parks, forests, beautiful beaches, you choose
- have a good night’s sleep - do not have a screen in your face a second before you close your eyes. Get to bed half an hour earlier than the time you would expect to be asleep by and allow your body and mind to disconnect from the stresses of the day.
- play your favorite sport more often - if you do not have one, give a few activities a try. Invite your friends to tag along and spend some quality time together. Dancing, scuba diving, surfing, tennis… one or all of them. You do not have to be good at them, just have fun with it.
Generally, it is recommended we get about 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Let your imagination find the time and the place for it! Dance around while cleaning your home; walk, instead of taking the bus to meet your friend and for goodness’ sake, do not just stand there watching your dog at the park, join the sprint. Your furry friend will appreciate, and so will your heart.