Everyone talks about having a healthier lifestyle but what actually does it mean? You might look at your own diet and exercise program and think that it is sufficient, but if you take a good look at your lifestyle as a whole, you might be surprised. Do you smoke? Do you eat lots of processed foods? How much exercise do you take each week? How happy are you in your life? Do you have a stressful job?
When you think about making changes, you need to think about every aspect of your life. If you are experiencing high levels of stress for example then you should build some stress busters into a plan of action so that you can reduce stress levels as soon as possible because it will have a dynamic but negative impact on your life as a whole.
Simple things such as reducing the amount that you smoke, (giving up is preferred), eating more organic foods and increasing the amount that you walk each day, is fairly easy to achieve, as is making subtle changes such as drinking an extra glass or two of water each day. You can also make simple changes by having a healthy breakfast each day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and without it, your metabolism will be slow to start. Create a smoothie and add some chia seeds to it or you can have cereals or porridge but add some fresh chopped fruit.
For many people exercise or the lack of it is the problem. Deep down you know that it is really good for you but many of us lose the zest to go out and make it happen, or we become too sedentary due to our jobs with many of us sitting for hours in an office. Or, we become bored with our new exercise routines. Even spending some time in the garden, is a good start in exercise terms or walking to the shops instead of driving the car.
Exercise is important because it will help to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease, whilst improving the stability of your joints and maintaining bone mass. In addition, a little exercise could make a big difference with preventing bone fractures and osteoporosis. Exercise does so much for you; it can even improve your mood and self-esteem as well as improving your overall flexibility.
It’s all about finding an exercise and lifestyle plan that suits you. What works for one will not work for another. It’s all about having fun and enjoying the extra movement and the sensation of youth that it brings into your life. From yoga to running to joining a gym class, the choice is yours.
Your new healthy regime however should start at home. This way you can at least incorporate the whole family and get everyone motivated. Start small, too many people literally run before they can walk, and they try to take on too much in the early stages and get bored as a result. Make your housework fun too, whether it’s working in the garden or hovering, just enjoy the movement and become mindful. If you have to dust your furniture, use it as an opportunity to bend and stretch and give your body the chance to enjoy some graceful movements and to extend out fully.
It’s important that you realise that adopting a healthier and a simpler lifestyle means just appreciating life on a more simplistic basis and to polish up any areas of concern. Take a well-paced approach and don’t over-do it. Drastic changes may well fail and will start to feel like a punishment if you are not careful. Small but well-planned changes will easily fit into your life and will help give you a whole new zest for living.