How can you live a more healthy life?
It is never too late to start living a healthier life. One thing you should not take for granted in the beginning is, time duration. Living a healthy life is a marathon not a spring. You need to understand that it is not about eating one piece of fruit for 3 days and then calling it a healthy life. Here, we are talking about adjusting your entire lifestyle to a healthier regime; and this takes time. To be and live healthy, you will have to commit yourself every day, until it becomes a habit.
There are some things that you can start today, to make your life healthier as well!
The very first step of beginning your healthy life, is to check the current status of your health. To do to his, you will have to make an appointment with your doctor and dentist, get a routine screening, and while you are at the doctor, feel free to ask anything. Get your blood tested, to begin with, and see what vitamins you are low on.
Once you know which vitamins your body is lacking, you can start planning your meals. It will take some digging on the internet to map out foods that are reach on certain vitamins and minerals. However, it will be worth the time.
Measure your body size. Check your height and weight, and from those you can see your BMI (Body Mass Index). Make sure you note these, because this will be important, when you are comparing your sizes from now, and a few months later!
Use this BMI calculator to start with. Having a healthy physique is a key to having a healthier body.
Ask yourself, how much physical activity you do daily? What kind of activity is it? And least but not last, how much do you enjoy it? Studies shows that a healthy adult should get at least 2,5 hours of physical activity in a week, or strengthening activities at least twice a week. This is the bear minimum.
Start planning evening walks around your home. Walk for 30 minutes ever evening before dinner, or in the morning before work. You can even hit the gym for a quick work out. Remember, we are not talking about transforming you into an athlete. These are just the first steps to a healthier YOU.
Make sure you eat healthy. The easiest thing to do to keep a check on yourself, is to write down everything you eat, and don’t cheat. Remember, that this is something you do for yourself, not for someone else.
How will you know if you are eating healthy? Go to a dietitian and get them to make a meal plan for you. Or, if this option is expensive, research healthy foods on the internet. There is tons of good and free information regarding healthy foods. There is also a lot of info about mixing foods. Since, some foods should not be mixed with others.
Are you feeling alright? Check if your emotional wellness is okay, and you don’t feel tired. If you are experiencing depression or anxiety, consult with your therapist. Do you sleep good, 7-8 hours a day?
Don’t trust people who say “I will sleep when I am dead”. You need at least 7 hours of good sleep every night for your brain to function normally. This also helps avoid depressions.
Set weekly goals for yourself. If you want to achieve long term success, you will have to set smaller goals like going to the gym twice a week, eating more vegetables, and things like that, and not instantly loosing 30 pounds, because that is not going to happen, and it will demotivate you.
Put activity in your day. If you don’t feel like it, don’t do one hour of training per day, do ten minutes. Or do 5 sets of exercises, 10 reps each. For example, do 10 squads, 10 jumps, 10 push-ups, 10 sit ups and 10 squad jumps. This is not going to get you a six pack. But it will get you off your butt and being active.
Remember, we are trying to create an active regime for you at this point. You want to ease your brain into a healthier lifestyle. It is never a good idea to jump from one extreme to another.
If you managed to do 10 minutes of exercising each day for 7 days, start doing 12 minutes the following week. Keep you goals reasonable and within reach so you do not get discouraged. Start from the bottom, and work your way to the top!
One core element of living a healthy life, is eating healthy foods. This means that you must give up the “I should” attitude, and replace it with “I must”. You must eat vegetables instead of sugary products. A very good thing to fit into your diet is super foods. These foods are fruit and vegetables that are full of vitamins and packed with nutrients, and very good for your health. You can even make some healthy cheat meal smoothies of these foods, what are great day starters, or just a good meal to enjoy after a hard day.
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