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Healthy is a state of mind as well as a condition of the body. As in all things, balance and moderation is the key to healthy living. Use these tips for staying healthy and active to motivate you all year.
Tips For Staying Healthy and Active All Year Long
There are a number of changes that a person can make to immediately create a healthier lifestyle. From quitting smoking to exercising and dieting, it is important to remember that healthy habits today can lead to more happiness as well as an increased life span. Make a few simple changes at a time to keep from being overwhelmed.
Here are 7 Tips For Staying Healthy Year Round:
There are many diet plans that are promoted in books and magazines, from skipping carbohydrates to counting calories. The important thing to remember when planning daily meals is to get plenty of fruit, vegetables, and water. Consuming too much starch or sugar can create a sluggish feeling in the body and add unnecessary weight. Although it may be difficult to eliminate sweets from the menu, it is important to keep desserts and fatty foods to a minimum. It may help to write a weekly menu, from full meals to snacks, in order to evaluate and plan for healthy foods.
It is extremely important to get at least eight hours of sleep per night. Try to eliminate all light sources in the bedroom, and outside light entering the room. Lack of uninterrupted sleep can lead to feelings of fatigue, lack of concentration, and feelings of depression. Being tired throughout the day can also cause accidents from falling asleep while driving as well as contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes, and weight problems.
Stress at work can create an overwhelming feeling of despondency in life. Try to focus on the positive aspects of a job, and address issues at work that may be negative or non-productive. Being content with a job means increased productivity, creativity, energy, and optimism. Speak with a boss, mentor or friend to determine if there are ways to make changes to a job to make it more interesting, or try to find a job that will be truly enjoyable and create personal growth for years to come.
Exercising for Health
Exercise can, and should, be fun. Enjoyable activities, such as taking a brisk walk through the woods or a bike ride through the neighborhood, can be considered exercise. Swimming can be fun, as can a number of sports such as golf or tennis. It may be easier to exercise with other people, so find a friend to take that walk or go on that bike ride with you. If there is no time during the day for workouts, try to do simple leg lifts and sit-ups first thing in the morning. You can also grab this free simple exercises printable, it includes exercises that can be done at home with no equipment. Even ten minutes of exercise every day is better than none. As with any exercise program, consult a doctor prior to embarking upon a rigorous workout.
Playing for Health
Perhaps the most important aspect of staying healthy is to remember to balance work with play. This could be watching a movie, going to a party, meeting friends for cocktails after work, or staying home to finish reading a book. Try new activities, sign up for fun classes, and experiment with new interests. Most of all, have fun.
Healthy Attitude, Positive Attitude
It is true that bad things happen to good people, but it is also more true that maintaining a positive attitude helps maintain health and decrease stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, optimistic and pessimistic thoughts can greatly affect a person’s health. So remember, keep the glass half full and envision great success. Above all else, laugh and enjoy life.
Medical Advice for Health
It is important to remember to seek expert medical advice for certain conditions when embarking upon a new dietary or fitness regime. Always consult a doctor for help with losing an excessive amount of weight or when beginning strenuous workouts.
I pride myself in trying really hard to live a healthy lifestyle. I am a avid runner, I go to Jazzercise, I do my best to eat right, and I make homemade meals with “good-for-you” ingredients for my family. But, life is busy, right? I was just saying today that I was up at 6:30 a.m. and somehow when I looked at the clock at 8:00 a.m. I was clueless on how I was still in my PJs and hadn’t made lunch for the kids yet. By 8:05 I was dressed and lunches were made and we were on our way out the door! I know you have had days like that too….We all have. For me, I would say that I have more days like that than not 😉
So, how do we do it? How do we stay healthy when we never seem to stop moving?
Smoothies are a very important part of my day. If you follow my blog, you know that I talk about them all the time and love sharing my healthy recipes. In fact, I can’t get my run in or head to Jazzercise without my smoothie. I NEED those nutrients and that burst of protein to get my day off on the right foot and to make my workout really count.
While making my own smoothie doesn’t take more than 5 minutes, there are definitely days, that I don’t have five minutes. In fact, there is at least one day a week that we have just moments before we miss the bus. So, I grab for one of the LALA® Yogurt Smoothies (that is made with Real Fruit) from my refrigerator and we are off.
After I finished my smoothie and got the kids on their way, I was off on mine. I love using RunKeeper to track my runs/walks. It even reminds me when I haven’t been out in a few days…I wish I could tell it that I went to Jazzercise 😉
When my workout is complete and I still have my motivation going from a great breakfast, I like to get in some household chores. I always seem to have a full laundry hamper, and a full sink of dishes.
Then before I know it, it’s time to pick up the kids, help with homework, figure out dinner, and head out to baseball.
Life is busy. Life is meant to be lived. Enjoy it by treating YOU and your body right by fueling yourself with foods that are not only good but good for you. And on the days that you never seem to stop moving, have good foods on hand that fit into your healthy lifestyle.