Changing your lifestyle may seem scary and overwhelming, but if you change things little by little, it won’t seem so daunting, and it will become integrated in your daily living. Read on to learn the steps on how to be healthier and maintain such lifestyle.
1. Improve your diet
By diet, I don’t mean going on some crash diet to lose weight quickly. The goal here is to improve your overall health and well-being by really changing the way you eat to benefit your body.
You can start by substituting unhealthy options for healthier options, even in small quantities, to make your meals more nutrient-dense. Choose healthy foods that you know you like (there has to be at least one); go on Pinterest and find recipes that you think will be delicious and will look forward to eating.
The best thing you can do for your body is to avoid processed foods. I know some of them taste extremely good, but I promise you can make or buy healthier foods that are even more satisfying. I just went vegan not too long ago.
While I’m not saying that you have to go vegan to be healthy, I have noticed a difference in myself. If you start cutting unhealthy foods out of your diet and replacing them with delicious, nutritious foods, you will start to crave junk less frequently.
2. Get moving
I know: predictable. Exercise is so incredibly important, though, that I cannot stress it enough. I used to loathe exercising until I made it part of my daily routine. I didn’t go full force all at once. Try for 30 minutes five times a week and then increase from there. Also, do it at whatever pace you are comfortable with.
I recommend joining a gym if you have the means to. It gets you more motivated to work out, and gyms offer so many different classes like Zumba, yoga and spinning. I also suggest finding a workout buddy.
Having someone to talk to while working out makes the time go by faster and gets your more motivated as well. If the weather is nice out, take a walk outside!
Make yourself a playlist of some of your favorite songs that pump you up, and get moving. The gym has become like therapy for me. It can have that same effect for you. Get moving, girl!
Please, hydrate your body. Drink water throughout the day. This will do such wonders for you: it will keep your body healthy in regard to your digestion, skin, hair, nails and more. I understand though that it can be hard to remember to drink water throughout the day.
First, buy yourself a larger sized water bottle. Fill it up with ice cold water, and try adding fruit or cucumber to it. Some combinations I love are cucumber-lemon and strawberry-raspberry.
It makes the water taste delicious, and you will want to drink more of it. One thing I also really suggest is starting your day with lemon water, hot or cold. It really wakes up your system and kickstarts your digestion. Remember to drink it up throughout the day!
4. Pursue a hobby
One of my favorite quotes is: Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. This quote is so incredibly true. If you have a hobby, or a goal, go for it. Do not let anything stop you. If you love to write, for example, get your writing out there somehow. This goes for anything that may “set your soul on fire”.
This can apply to people as well, not just hobbies. Spend time with the people who make your soul feel good—those whom you can’t stop smiling around and who lift your mood. Try to cut negative people out of your life; they do not set your soul on fire. Whatever it is, do what feels good for your soul. This is such a key component in a healthier lifestyle.
Physical health is, of course, important, but so is mental, emotional and spiritual health. Remember: everything is good in moderation, but you only have one life to be healthier and happier, so make the most of it.