Living healthy is not complicated. That, perhaps, is one of the biggest misconceptions about having a healthier lifestyle. It is not complicated. It is simply about being aware. Though I am by no means perfect, I have developed a healthier lifestyle by creating healthy habits.
Here are 10 easy ways to live a healthier lifestyle:
1. Get educated. Congratulations! You are already working on Step One of your healthier lifestyle. This is how it all began for me too. Learning why certain changes will make you healthier may be just the motivation you need to make them. You can find tons and tons of valuable information regarding health and wellness. Follow blogs like this one, head over to Pinterest, or look here for a great list of valuable books!
2. Get up. As the old saying goes, a body in motion stays in motion. Your bodies were designed to move. So get up from your desk and work while standing. Get off the sofa too. Not only does standing burn more calories, studies also show that standing instead of sitting increases both cognitive function and productivity!
3. Use your time wisely. We are busy people. Some weeks, it may be helpful to you’re your meals ahead of time to avoid hitting the drive-thru. Some days, a drive to the gym followed by a long workout just isn’t going to be feasible, but that doesn’t mean you should do nothing. You can go for a run or a bike ride instead or do a workout class right from your computer. If you’ve only got 15 minutes, try the Metabolic Aftershock workout. It’s one of my absolute favorites. And if you’ve only got 5 minutes, you can get an incredible burn from simply jumping rope! There are numerous ways that you can still be productive on days when a long workout just isn’t in the cards.
4. Become a morning person. Part of using your time wisely means starting your day off right. People with a healthier lifestyle do more in the mornings than other people do all day. Make your mornings count, and your body will thank you!
5. Stock up on fruits and veggies. Cook them, blend them, grill them, juice them, or put them in a salad. From avocados to beets, to spinach and to berries, fruits and vegetables contain the nutrients you need to keep your body healthy. Get as many fruits and vegetables as you can, and the more variety, the better!
6. Cut down on added sugars. Multiple studies have shown that cutting sugars from your diet can improve your health. It will also help with your weight and make you a whole lot happier. Okay, I totally understand that sometimes an ice cream cone will make you happy too, so consider eating your sugars in moderation.
7. Get your vitamins. A well-rounded diet is important, and one shouldn’t rely solely on a supplement to get their vitamins and minerals. However, the truth is that most of us don’t get all of the optimal nutrients on a daily basis. I have recently been using the Every Woman’s One Daily Multivitamin from New Chapter vitamins, which contains nutrients from whole-foods, plus unique blends of complementary herbs. This multivitamin is not just about addressing nutrient deficiencies, but instead supports overall health.* For example, whole food fermented vitamin D3 supports bone health, while fermented zinc, vitamin C and A immune system function.* The formula I use also includes B Vitamins and super-foods like Ginger, organic Turmeric and Chamomile.* And as someone who often gets nausea from vitamins and medicines, this one is really easy on my stomach.
As any of my friends will tell you, I am a probiotic pusher. Seriously, I am a firm believe that everyone needs probiotics, not just those who have digestive issues.
8. Go organic and GMO-free. Go for foods and drinks that are made the way nature intended, without toxins and pesticides. It’s not as expensive to go organic as you may think, especially when you know the tricks to eating organic on a budget.
9. Ditch the toxins. Unfortunately, chemicals, pesticides, toxins, and hormone disruptors are not just present in conventional (as in non-organic, and non GMO-free) foods. They can be found everywhere, from our personal care products to our lawns.
All of those GMO’s, pesticides and other toxins can build up in your body, causing illness, premature aging, and other ramifications. Detoxification is basically a way to remove those impurities and revitalize your body. There are several different ways to achieve this, including those ever-popular detox juice cleanses. The important thing to remember is that a healthier lifestyle includes eating and living cleaner as well as trying to get the harmful stuff out.
10. Get therapy. That is, whatever type of therapy works helps you reduce stress. For some people, it’s exercise. For others, it may be playing the piano or reading a book. Or perhaps it’s yoga or meditation. For me, it’s usually either taking a long walk or spending time with my girlfriends. It is well known that stress wreaks havoc on the body, so aim to reduce your stress levels as much as possible.
You see? It isn’t that complicated at all. So strive for a healthier lifestyle by creating healthy habits for yourself!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, care, or prevent any disease.
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