Starting a Healthy Lifestyle
Admit it, you write “have a healthy lifestyle” or “get fit” on your New Year’s resolution list every year. In most cases, the year consists of more cheat days than the days when you eat and live healthy, and yes, the healthy days also include the time you are sick in a hospital bed where you have no choice but to eat healthy and if you consider walking from your room to the kitchen an exercise.
Effective Fitness Plans
To get this straight, a healthy lifestyle should mean your way of life or something you do daily; you can still give yourself a cheat day at least once or twice a week, though. The most difficult part is the start, but once you surpassed it, it’s going to be easy for you. Here are simple ways to start a healthy lifestyle:
- Gradually change your diet. I know how frustrating it is to get rid of those extra pounds you gained last holiday, but don’t go on a crash diet. If you suddenly change your eating habits from one extreme to the other, tendency is you can get an upset stomach that might lead you to go back to your good ‘ol eating habits again.
- Get a fitness buddy. It is easier to start something if you have someone to do it with you, it sounds cliché but it definitely works. This can serve as your motivation, and a healthy competition would also be great so you will have a goal to beat to push you to your limits. Just make sure that your partner is as dedicated as you are and vise versa.
- Find the exercise that you love. Try different fitness activities until you find the one that you enjoy the most and works best for your body type. In this way, it will not be your most dreaded part of the day and you might even find yourself looking forward to it.
- Change your activities. Have a lifestyle check and assess whatever it is that keeps you from being fit, let me give you ideas of what are those; being a couch potato, neglecting your chores, too much time on the internet, or frequenting unhealthy food chains. Instead, you can get into a new sport or have fun activities with your friends like trekking or water activities. In this way, you can live life at its fullest plus you can enjoy every experience.
- Use the stairs and the sidewalk more often. If walking is an option, then take it. If you have to climb only 2-3 floors, you can just take the stairs instead of the elevator. When you have to go from one place to another and it’s not that far, you can take a walk if it will just take you 10-15 minutes. This can be a good cardio exercise.
- Learn the art of substituting healthier ingredients to your meal. Start from your daily intake of sugar by substituting white carbohydrates to whole wheat or brown rice. Then you can add more greens to your meals and use breast chicken instead of red meat. You don’t have to starve yourself; you just have to give yourself a healthier option.
- Be careful with what you store in your pantry. Your pantry is a place of temptation, and whatever you see in it reflects you health. Start to get rid with all the junk food and sweets then make sure that you have more fresh food than processed goods.