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Healthy Living

Every new year a lot of people say they are going to live healthier as a new year’s resolution. This could mean eating healthier, exercising more, cutting out unhealthy habits, like drinking and smoking, or a combination of all of the above. Unfortunately, a high percentage of these resolution makers will start out strong and eventually fade until they are back to their previous habits. Then the next new year, they will make the same resolution and get the same result. This isn’t always down to a lack of commitment or determination. In many cases, people are making the right decision for their health, but don’t put a plan in place to accomplish their goal or any idea how to properly start a “get healthy” type program. So, in many ways, these people are in effect setting themselves up to fail, before they’ve even really begun. So, to help get you started on the path to success, here are some tips to help you achieve the healthy lifestyle you’re striving for:

Eating Healthier

When it comes to healthy eating, there is an overwhelming array of theories, diet books and online information about what to eat – which is often conflicting. Although the research is still ongoing and developing, what the experts all agree on is that our diets are too high in sugar, our portions are too big and we should eat a variety of whole natural foods. This is why it is a good idea to make an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss it. They will likely take some blood tests to measure the levels of various vitamins and minerals in your body, so they can give you diet advice based specifically on your body and not averages based on what’s good for everyone. Besides the type of foods, you should be eating, make sure you also ask them about appropriate portion sizes.

Move Your Body

Exercising and keeping your body active is important to living a healthy lifestyle. A daily exercise routine is the best way to make sure you are getting the exercise you need. You can read our previous blog on starting an exercise routine here. Otherwise, there are a few small changes you can make to your daily routine that will help you be more active. Things like:

  • Walk over to a co-worker’s desk/office instead of sending them an email
  • Take the stairs (both up and down) instead of the elevator or escalator
  • Park as far away from buildings as you can and walk in
  • Go on daily walks (this can be done by yourself or with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, your dog, etc.)

The important thing to remember, whether you are trying to start a new diet or fitness routine or both, is that they aren’t a one-time pass or fail situation. If you slip up, no big deal, just start again the next day and don’t be hard on yourself. Eventually, your slip-ups will become less and less, and living a healthier lifestyle won’t be simply a routine, it will be the way you live your life!

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