Are you looking to better yourself? Are you thinking about starting a healthy lifestyle? Let’s get one thing straight. The first problem and reason as to why so many people fail to lose weight and keep it off is because they look at quick-fix “diets”. The diet works fine, but as soon as they go back to their “lifestyle” then the weight all comes back.
A healthy lifestyle shouldn’t always be for weight loss, and can be for several reasons including:
- Health Reasons
- Informing yourself about nutrition and your body
- Wanting to feel better physically
- Wanting to mentally feel good
What exactly is a healthy lifestyle?
A healthy lifestyle leaves you physically fit, energetic and at reduced risk for disease, based on the choices you make about your everyday habits. Decent nutrition, daily exercise and suitable sleep patterns are the fundamentals for on-going good health. Handling stress in positive ways, instead of through smoking or drinking alcohol, decreases wear and tear on your body too.
Here are my tips on starting your healthy lifestyle and the things that helped me the most:
Drink lots of water
Give the sugary drinks like fizzy drinks or juice a miss and opt for water instead, to help maintain your metabolism and to ensure you are hydrated, especially if you are consuming salty foods or alcohol. It also helps manage your weight and assists with skin issues.
Eat more fruit and veg
I used to snack on whatever is convenient but the best thing to do is put down that chocolate bar or crisp packet and always carry some fruit with you in your bag. Try carrying apples, bananas and some tangerines. Make your lunch out of protein, carbohydrates and plenty of veg to give you a boost in the afternoon. Then go have a snack between your lunch and tea.
Your cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, immune and other body systems depend on a frequent supply of nutrients to feed cell growth and metabolism. To get the oodles of important forms of protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals and fats, you need to eat a mixed diet.
Set Up a Support System
You are accountable for your own triumphs and tribulations, but we all get by with a little help from our friends and family, right? That’s why it’s vital to build a healthy support system. Share your goals and how you’re planning to accomplish them with your nearest and dearest so they can understand and help. Give them the lowdown on the types of foods you’re eating — and no longer eating — and your new workout schedule. Let them know how important it is to you to have their support.
Get your colleagues involved
Enlist your colleagues too. They can keep you on track on the job by cutting back on leaving the unhealthy treats around the office. Chances are you’ll find someone else looking for the same support.
Exercise coupled with your better eating habits is the best way to stay in shape and keep healthy. Find out the activities that will allow you to burn the most calories. Try to set yourself attainable targets for example to improve your mobility, strength, and stamina. If you’ve been sedentary, just take that first step. You may not be ready to run a half-marathon, but you can go for a walk or maybe even a short run.
Don’t give up – It’s called a lifestyle for a reason…
Don’t rely on quick fixes and fad diets – fasts that last 48 hours, may well make you lose 7 pounds, but you’ll be putting on 10 the following week or so… You’re better off changing things in a manageable way that becomes your habits rather than a challenge. Set up a workout schedule and mark it on your calendar along with your most important appointments of the day — then DO it! It’s not easy at first, but with the right mind-set, motivation, and support system, you CAN do this. Believe in yourself and your ability to change and you will.
Speak to me about how you are starting your healthy regime. I’d love to share my own tips in more detail and support your journey.