Everyday habits are as important as a good exercise routine and diets. It is vital, in the long run, that you include these 10 fitness tips to achieve and keep, good health.
PUT YOUR HEALTH FIRST
It is the first step and the most relevant. You must make a conscious decision that you are and will be healthy. If you make your health a priority, you will live your life fully, without any restraints.
Learn about your body, how it works, what agrees with you and what doesn’t. Learn about food and cooking. Choose to live a healthy lifestyle and have it be an excuse to express yourself and evolve as a person. It will be fun!
UNHEALTHY FOODS IN MODERATION
We all struggle with being good and following a healthy diet all the time. Usually, it is the beginning of the end. You eat one cupcake, one pizza, have one beer and its a slippery slope to an unhealthy town. How to avoid that? Easy!
There are two rules to follow. First, the 90/10 rule. 90% healthy, 10% unhealthy. You should follow this if you want to lose weight and just started your new healthy lifestyle.
After you are on your way and have gotten used to this tough lifestyle, move on to the 80/20 rule: 80% healthy and 20% unhealthy.
LIVE AN ACTIVE LIFE
If you want to be an active person and have a healthy lifestyle, you need to move.
Forget about watching TV every night for a couple of hours. Keeping the weight off, feeling fit and full of energy requires you to be on your feet. Whether it is going out with your friends to dance or going out for a run, take advantage of it all!
If you are serious about a change in lifestyle, you cannot force yourself to be someone you are not.
Your new lifestyle must be sustainable, long term. Get to know yourself in this new role. Choose a sport, a workout routine that you enjoy. Do NOT force yourself to run if you hate running, for example. This can only need to failure.
Sleep is vital for your body. You can’t have an active lifestyle if you don’t give your body time to recuperate.
All areas of your life will be affected if you don’t sleep enough. Your mood, your concentration, your productivity, you name it. Get 7 or 8 hours every night.
DO NOT DIET
Diet is a term widely misused. It is important to know the difference between going on a diet and making a lifestyle choice.
A diet is short-term, a quick fix. That is not a healthy lifestyle. If you really want to make a change in lifestyle, you need to consider every aspect of your life. That is why it is so important to take into account these great tips we have for you. They will make the difference between a long-term solution and another failed diet.
VEGETABLES, YOUR NEW BEST FRIENDS
Here is the truth: if you usually do not eat vegetables, they are not appetizing. Here is where it is important to have taken a conscious decision to make a change in your lifestyle.
It will take some time to get used to every flavour and texture. There is a learning curve to get to know vegetables, learn to cook them, what to mix and what not to eat together.
Try things out, enjoy and have a laugh when it turns out awful. You know they give you fibre, antioxidants and lots of vitamins that your body needs to keep up with your new active lifestyle. Get to know your new best friends and include some with every meal.
We are all so accustomed to snacking that not doing it anymore isn’t really an option. Here is how to turn this source of unnecessary calories into a source of nutrients that will help you keep an active and healthy life: fruit, nuts and raw vegetables.
Your body is probably just looking for something to chew on. it is so used to it! So give it something that will tire it out, like a carrot or nuts. Have something sweet, like strawberries, to fight that sweet tooth. Never mind the calories, these are healthy and most will be used up digesting your snack anyway. Keep your snack a snack, and not a meal.
LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
Your mindset will affect every part of your life. Every decision you make, every situation you face and the problems you will need to confront. If you are serious about a healthy lifestyle, you need to do one simple thing.
Be grateful. Be thankful for your body and all of the amazing things it does every day so you can enjoy living. Be thankful for the seasons that give you such a great variety of foods to taste. Be grateful for the rain and the sunshine.
Be grateful for all the obstacles that allow you to learn and evolve as a person. Be grateful for this chance to change your life.
It might look like a crazy, stupid idea. But it isn’t. Smiling has many effects over your body. It takes far fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. So stop making such a big effort to frown, relax and smile.
Smiling affects how you bond with people, how they react to you and how you perceive them. It is an expression of how good you feel inside and with your life because you had the courage to change your life and stick with it.