Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be tedious. It takes the motivation to change our harmful habits into good, healthy ones. Below is a list of healthy lifestyle advices to get you started. Once you begin, you can bring up more healthy choices that will particularly work for you:
The number one thing is to have a balanced diet. Healthy food is essential for a healthy life in general. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables and get rid of the sugar and processed foods. Along with eating better is getting the right nutrients in the system. Food that is low in fat content is desirable. If the fat is poly-unsaturated, mono-unsaturated, omega 6 or omega 3 then they are considered good fats. Some of the bad fats are trans and saturated fats, like the majority of fat that comes from the animals.
These fats raise your LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol. Low sugar content is another plus. Sucrose is the bad kind of sugar. Glucose is the good kind of sugar. Both are sugars, so both are classified as sugar on the label, but for example pineapple that don’t have sugar added still have a lot of sugar, because it’s the good sugar, glucose. A balanced diet means also eating a variety of foods, not too much, not too little.
Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals, which you surely need, but you still need some other vitamins and minerals as well. For instance, there is not much protein in foods like fruits or vegetables. Meat, beans, and dairy products are a great sources of proteins. If you can’t get your vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, you can always take a multivitamin to help your body work properly.
Break all the unhealthy habits that you may possess. Drugs, smoking, drinking, chewing tobacco, or whatever your vice is, you should leave it behind and never gain it back. Being in charge of your health and living a healthier life means getting rid of the things that may kill you short on time. And don’t let me hear those hedonistic, irresponsible and easy-to-throw counter arguments like “I’ll die anyway”. Exercise is also essential for a healthy lifestyle. Go to the gym regularly or at least once in a while. Taking a run around your neighborhood in the morning or evening could have a lot of benefits on the long term.
Exercise makes you feel good and can motivate you to get other things done as well. Routine exercise helps boost the immune system, helps prevent diseases like heart conditions, cardiovascular, obesity and diabetes. It also improves mental health and make you feel better about yourself, as you will notice significant changes in time.
Stay Clean. Everyone should take a shower per day or an extra one if you have had a hot or sweaty activity. Put on an antiperspirant after your shower. Change your lingerie every day, too.
Regulate your weight. Being too fat or skinny isn’t good for you. You can find references on the net or your doctor can tell you whether you are under or over weight. Exercise and the food you eat can change your weight, so keep that in mind. Make sure you consult a doctor once a year. This is more important in women, but men should also be seeing a doctor every 2-3 years to make sure there are no big health concerns that they may not have discovered due to lack of symptoms.
Surround yourself with a strong supporting group of people who will be there for you and participate in a healthy lifestyle as well. It is really not easy to go from a zero to hero in terms of health. Don’t be discouraged if you’re longing for hamburgers, sweet foods etc. As long as you don’t have a steady diet of unhealthy food and you still exercise, it won’t hurt you too much. The people you are surrounded by may help you a lot if they have same interest in health as you do. So briefly speaking, keep it social. The eighth advice is to create a good balance between work and spare time. Try not to be a work addict or neglect the time reserved for activities that make you relaxed and empty-minded. Also when it comes to physical exercise, don’t work out too much because it can cause your body to not function properly and lead to exhaustion. It is best to leave a day or two off to gain back your energy.
Enjoy yourself, don’t stress too much over minor or common problems. If you worry too much about your health, job or people around you, you’ll be making it a lot worse. You’ll mess up your mind and mental wellness which will also reflect on your physical condition. So just relax once in a while. Last but not least, it is important to not give up on the short term and be consistent. The beginning is always hard and sometimes disappointing, especially if you don’t see fast results (which is likely to happen). Somehow off the topic, but at the same time related: take control of your finances and use them thoughtfully. Do not spend on things you really don’t need, just to show off. You might regret it on the long term.