If you’ve felt out-of-sorts for quite a while, maybe you just need to make some changes in your life to feel your best. Rather than looking at it as something you HAVE to do, make it something that you WANT to do for yourself. It’s all about mindset. You deserve to be healthy and you deserve to feel good. Look at the time you spend exercising and planning healthy meals as an indulgence that you’ve earned. Luckily, you don’t have to empty your bank account for this indulgence. You just have to make smarter decisions about food and schedule a time each day to workout.
A great body starts in the kitchen.
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, so focusing on your diet should be at the top of the list. Start by cutting out food with added sugar and highly processed food. Start by using a journal to identify when you consume those foods. If you buy a couple of candy bars a day from convenience stores or the office vending machine, make sure you pack healthy snacks, like fruit, for the day. Switch from sugary sodas of coffee with added syrups, cream and sugar, to water.
The body was created to do hard work.
If you never move, do hard physical labor or workout, you’ll rust out. The body does not wear out when treated properly. That doesn’t mean you do intense workouts for hours every day. That is counterproductive and can cause muscle mass to waste. It simply means you need to do something physical each day, whether it’s walking for an hour or working out at the gym. When you workout at the gym and have guidance, you’ll work all muscles and achieve flexibility, strength, endurance and balance.
Cut out stress and be cool.
There are a lot of insignificant stressors that can make you lose your temper and stew for hours. That guy that cut you off on the highway, the rude sales clerk or the angry boss that blames you for his mistakes are all examples. You can’t control those who deliver stress, but you can control how you deal with it. Learn ways to eliminate that stress and mellow out, whether it’s breathing techniques, mental gymnastics or meditation. Exercise helps control stress, too.
- Certain foods can add to your stress, like sugar. However, some foods reduce inflammation and stress on the body. Food high in B vitamins, magnesium,omega3 fatty acids, and protein
- Get adequate sleep. When you have enough sleep, the whole day goes better and your body is less stressed. Your body heals and deals with conflicts when you sleep. Set a sleep schedule to help you develop that healthy habit.
- Make it a habit to carry a bottle of water and hydrate frequently. Drinking more water can help you lose weight. It also will help you become more alert and energized if you suffer from mild dehydration.
- Give up negative habits that affect your health like smoking, abuse of drugs or alcohol. If you have a sedentary job or spend the weekend binge-watching videos, get up once an hour and move around or exercise.
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