Having more energy, maintaining a healthy weight, preventing diseases and boosting your immune system are all part of living a healthy lifestyle. The secrets don’t lie in a bottle and although advertisements will try to convince you otherwise, there are no short-cuts. Living a healthy lifestyle comes down to healthful, balance living and taking care of yourself. Although it requires some work, there is no doubt that your health is well worth the investment.
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle many people have an all or nothing attitude. They think they have only two choices: live off vegetables and train for marathons or be out of shape and eat a regular diet of fast food. A healthy lifestyle is all about balance and making healthy choices most of the time. You can start at any time to create a better tomorrow and just because you ate a piece of cake last night doesn’t mean you’ve fallen off track.
You’ve heard it since your grade school days, but it still rings true: always start the day off with a healthy breakfast. By having some protein and carbs in the morning you jump start your metabolism and are less likely to overeat later in the day. For that matter, don’t skip any meals. It only leads to extreme hunger, low blood sugar and bingeing. Do your best to eat three balanced meals a day (or multiple smaller ones if that fits better into your schedule), rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein and calcium. Watch portion sizes. This is a big factor when you go out for meals. When possible, look at the menu ahead of time and plan what you’re going to get so you’re not tempted by hunger when you get to the restaurant. Your friends and coworkers might not be eating as healthy as you and may tease you for being healthy. Do not let that stop you from staying on track. You do not have to explain yourself, but if anyone insists on giving you a tough time, let them know you are making healthy choices today so you can have a better tomorrow. Part of having a healthy lifestyle is being prepared. Be sure to pack healthy snacks so you are not tempted to eat high-sugar or fatty vending machine snacks. Eating snacks helps satisfy you between meals and give you a boost of energy when you need it. By packing your own snacks you’ll save money and time.
Learn to approach eating as a way of life and not a diet. If you eat a healthy diet most of the time it is ok, and even healthy according to some sources, to let yourself enjoy and indulge in your favorite foods. By not depriving yourself of things you enjoy, you will be less apt to binge on them. Keeping everything in moderation is a major factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Studies show that as little as 10 minutes a day can increase your fitness and overall health. That can easily be done by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk before or after work. Of course, ideally you will want to spend at least 30 minutes a day doing some type of exercise. Find an exercise class you love or encourage a friend to be your workout buddy. You are much more likely to stick with it if you have a friend who will keep you going. Plus, having someone to keep you accountable and who won’t let you cancel on your workout dates, will surely keep you both on track.
Learn to Love H20
Stay hydrated. Even in the winter when you don’t get as hot and sweat less, you still need to replenish your body’s water supply. It can be easy to confuse sluggishness for hunger instead of dehydration. A healthy trick that helps with keeping weight down, is to drink a glass of water before every meal. You are less likely to overeat when you are thoroughly hydrated. With our busy schedules, stopping for a sip of water is often the last thing on our mind and we forget to drink enough fluids. Basic water requirements differ according to body size, activity level and even the foods we eat, but everyone needs water. When possible, stick to plain water as your source to quench thirst between meals. Sugary soft drinks and juices have calories that can quickly add up.
Get Some Sleep
They don’t call it “beauty rest” for nothing! Getting enough rest is the best way to look and feel your best and is a major part of living a healthy lifestyle. When you get enough sleep you are less likely to overeat, more likely to have energy to exercise and overall be much more productive in your day. Do your best to get 8 hours of sleep a night to ensure you are ready and awake to face the day tomorrow!
Being emotionally stable, having a sense of faith and spirituality are just a few other ways to live a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. Moderation and balance are key and all of the pieces fit together to create a successful, harmonious way of living. Your healthy lifestyle is up to you and the sooner you start, the sooner you will see success in all aspects of your life. Tomorrow awaits you, so do what you can today, to make it as good as you can!