5 Ways To Develop A Healthy Lifestyle
Everybody needs some tips once and while, but when your health is at risk then the stakes go higher. However, your health does not need to be immediately threatened in order for it to be a good idea for you to get serious about living in a more healthy way. Most of us know that smoking and drinking or consuming loads of junk food on the couch are all bad ideas, but there is more to being healthy than just this. In addition to finding ways to push your mind forward, you should work to improve your physical body by doing some of the five things, or even better, all five things, listed below:
Eat as Healthy as You Can and Keep Portions Reasonable
We all know that fresh fruits and veggies are a solid source of nutrition. We have grown up hearing about this, but a lot of people complain they are expensive. Try shopping at a farmer’s market or just buying the fruits and veggies that are on sale. Worried about them going bad in the fridge? Then go ahead and get the frozen or even canned varieties. Whatever it takes, get fruits and vegetables into your diet and not just fruit flavored beverages or dried fruits in your cereal. Also, keep your meats lean and avoid sugared drinks when you can. Here is the thing, though, none of this will be nearly as effective as really controlling your portions. Keep portions as small as you can and keep your eating schedule regular. Some people need four meals, some people like just three and others prefer several very tiny meals. Find a routine and stick with it.
Stay Consistent with Exercise and Only Advance with Caution
Whatever commitment you make to exercising is going to need to be held consistent. You want to be sure you stick to your routine and do not psyche yourself out by setting goals that are too lofty or are just going to exhaust you or – worse yet – injure you. Be cautious when you move forward and do not push yourself when you could take a small step forward instead. Whether you want to hit the gym, take up a martial art, swim laps in the pool, go for walks, or purchase an at-home DVD workout program and stick with it. Consistent effort will give you the results you want in a way that nothing else can compare to.
Get Plenty of Sleep and Do Not Starve Yourself
People get carried away trying to become a superhero and this is simply not necessary. You do not have to be a gung ho Marine in order to get in shape. You can stick to a sensible sleep schedule that works for your biological rhythm and you can eat enough food to feel satisfied without going overboard. Starving does not benefit you or does trying to cram in a lengthy workout routine when it cuts into a decent night’s rest. Take naps if you need to and you may be able to get more from your exercise, too. Take care of yourself or all the fitness advances are not going to have quite the same impact.
Keep your Workouts Fun and Get a Partner If You Can
No one is going to keep doing mind numbing jogging routines if they really hate them or will they keep up with any other physical pursuits. You have to engage your mind, even if that means getting video games designed to improve fitness because that is what interests you. Try to get someone else involved with you, but do not build your whole exercise routine around them. You want someone to be with you for companionship, not because you depend on them. Also remember that dogs make some of the best walking and jogging partners around because they are always happy and ready to go. You can have fun taking them out and get in quality time, plus you know they need the exercise just like you do and you will be safer no matter where you go with your canine friend by your side.
Find Social Support to Keep You Going Through Tough Times
Finally, do try to get people aware of what you are doing. You can either tell friends and family – as long as you know they will have positive things to say – or you can go online. There are support communities on the web that can actually help you and can offer you exactly what you need. It can change your life for the better.
Gregory L. Gomez, M. Ed, has been teaching 5th grade in the LAUSD for 12 years and has now embarked on a journey to lose weight, eat healthier, and finally get in shape! Follow his progress on http://healthychoicesinlife.com as he strives to lose 60 pounds through dedicated exercise and healthy eating. Get a FREE monthly Healthy Choices Newsletter along with FREE 18 page Healthy Choices Guide at http://healthychoicesinlife.com/couch.
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