Do you think that if you took better care of your health you could feel better and increase your productivity? It’s easy to put off healthy living habits, but you don’t have to wait for New Years to start planning a healthier lifestyle. If you feel that you need to make improvements to your lifestyle for your health, you’re not alone. Taking time to reevaluate our lifestyles is part of life!
Living fast and dying young is all fun and games until you start growing older. You find out it’s not so fun anymore, and wish the time would go back so you could change a thing or two. And while most of the serious illnesses hit when your body grows all old and wrinkly, the consequences of neglecting your health show as early on as in your younger years. So what defines “healthy”? You’ll find a lot of guidelines for a healthier lifestyle everywhere. The bottom line of all, living healthy making the most of your life.
1. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals, and fiber. We should try to eat at least 5 servings a day. For example, a glass of fresh fruit juice at breakfast, perhaps an apple and a piece of watermelon as snacks, and a good portion of different vegetables at each meal.
2. Eat Foods High in Volume and Low in Calories
The technical term is food low in caloric density, but being the casual type of person I am, we’re going to stick to my term. So, what does this mean? It means eating foods that are low in calories but extremely filling. Think veggies for instance. You could eat a massive pile of veggies and likely consume no more than a couple of hundred calories. This is where you can get creative! You can switch noodles out for protein noodles or veggie noodles. You can swap wraps for cauliflower wraps or a lettuce wrap. You can essentially still enjoy all your favorite foods and still live a remarkably healthy life! Want to hear one of my favorite tricks?
3. Stick to an Exercise Routine You Love
You already know that regular exercise and good physical fitness is essential for helping you reach your ideal weight. But you might not realize how important exercise is for feeling good and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re already used to getting your cardio and strength training during your daily visit to the gym, keep it up. If you’re ready for a change of your routine, however, try not to take a break. Instead, squeeze in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, whether you’re jogging on the treadmill, going for a swim, or going for a hike around your local park.
This one is for anyone looking for a tight and sucked in the stomach (“sucked in,” see what I did there?). The Vacuum is an exercise you can incorporate anywhere. You simply pull your belly button towards your spine for a minute. Hold, and release. This is one you can do while driving, sitting at work, or doing chores, so it’s completely effortless. It’s a secret that bodybuilders and bikini competitors used to use for that pulled in the stomach.
5. Reduce salt and sugar intake
High salt intake can result in high blood pressure, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. There are different ways to reduce salt in the diet:
- When shopping, we could choose products with lower sodium content.
- When cooking, salt can be substituted with spices, increasing the variety of flavors and tastes.
- When eating, it helps not to have salt at the table, or at least not to add salt before tasting.
6. Drink water
You can save money and improve your health by drinking water throughout the day. The natural liquid offers the benefits of hydration, nourishment, and improved well-being. Water can cleanse toxins from the body, improve brain function, energize muscles, control weight gain, and balance body temperature and fluids. It’s recommended to drink about 8 glasses, or 64 ounces, of water per day.
Sometimes it’s beneficial to stop, take a deep breath, and relax. You can help maintain your physical and mental health by decompressing from a long, stressful school or workweek. Try some relaxing activities to help you relax. Take advantage of meditation, listening to music, reading, watching a comedy, or exercising. These activities can help you unwind and they cause feelings of happiness and clam.
8. Step by step, inch by inch
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can feel overwhelming at first like it’s too much work. The secret is to take it one step at a time, and then take the next step. No one wakes up with huge fortune and success overnight. Fortunate and successful people, however, wake up every day one step closer to their goals. So start moving, and when you feel tired, don’t quit. Just learn to take a break.
9. Try yoga
The poses help increase strength and flexibility and improve balance. These are critical areas for older folks especially, and both men and women can benefit.
10. Be Social
Want accountability? It might not be much farther than your phone. Hop on the social media bandwagon and get people rooting for your goals. There are dozens of platforms where you can reach your goals with other people just like you. Hearing their inspiration or having them hold you accountable can be a gamechanger! Of course, you can always find a workout buddy as well. However, the key is to find someone who has already proven themselves consistent and accountable to their goals. I’ve seen too many friend groups come to the gym only to give up a couple of weeks later. It can be too hard to resolve if your accountability is too flaky.
There you have it, 10 quick tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Some of them might be easier for you than the others, but the key is for you to be focused and determined in living a healthy life.