You want to be able to make the most out of every day and live life to the fullest. This means you’ve got to make your own fitness and nutrition a priority and be proactive in taking care of yourself.
You don’t have to change your entire life to live a healthier life, making small changes and gradually working up to healthier choices will be easier to follow through with and continue for the long haul.
Some may be obvious or complete common sense but it’s not always easy to keep motivated to make changes if you don’t know why you’re doing it.
Keep reading for some health and fitness tips to help you feel healthier and happier.
1. Water Is Your New BFF
You are probably sick of hearing “Drink more water!” It seems to be the first thing every expert tells you, but there’s a reason for that. It’s true!
Whether you want to eat healthier, be more physically fit, or feel better mentally, water is the answer. In fact, water is likely always part of the equation if something feels off physically or mentally.
Even slight dehydration can cause confusion, irritation, muscle cramps, headaches, and many other symptoms. The older you get the more likely you are to suffer from dehydration.
While drinking other liquids such as coffee, juices, soda pop or sports drinks can hydrate, water is still the best choice as it helps flush toxins, re-energize and promotes healthy body functions.
Your skin, kidneys, circulatory, respiratory, liver, colon, and other systems all perform better with proper hydration.
The average adult human body is 60% water and drinking water throughout the day will help you feel and function better physically and mentally. This is especially true when it is hot weather or you are physically active and is essential to being able to live your healthiest and happiest life.
2. Don’t Binge…Moderation Is Key
Moderation is always the key to being successful and living a healthy life. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about alcohol or chocolate cake, exercise or throwing yourself into your career. Moderation in all things will help your life as a whole be healthier and happier.
Becoming a workaholic may be good for your bank account but can cause stress on relationships, physical and mental health. So while you may relieve financial stress and feel accomplished in your career, your life is out of balance because your health, family, emotional well-being are all lacking attention.
Binge exercising may be necessary if you’re heading to the Olympics or planning on running a marathon, but if you’re just starting out with a healthier lifestyle you don’t have to become obsessive about it. You can slowly add fitness and physical activity to your regular daily schedule.
Start with an evening walk. This can be an excellent way to become healthier, reconnect with nature and destress from your day. It can also be a great chance to reconnect with family or friends by inviting them along and leaving the distractions of the home and life behind to walk and talk.
3. No Fads
Fad diets don’t work. Sure you may lose weight and feel better for a while but they are hard to maintain and many times you end up feeling miserable and being less healthy.
Fad diets often require huge restrictions and changes to your regular meal and exercise plan.
When you stop following the fad diet, which is impossible to keep up forever, you not only stop losing weight but tend to gain even more. Your body and mind go into starvation mode and when you start eating again, it stores everything worrying you’ll put it on the diet again and it will be deprived.
So it is harder for you to lose weight in the future without trying a fad again. Fad diets have created the Yo-Yo diet syndrome. They are the reason our society is so unhealthy. The best thing you can do for yourself is to get an education on what your body needs and wants so it can reach its full potential.
Don’t take a fad diet’s marketing team’s word for it. You need actual knowledge like the information you can view here to make informed choices and make the best choices for you and your family.
It’s like a car that you put fuel into and take care of. Even if you keep putting gas into it, you still need to make sure you put oil and coolant and all the things the engine needs to operate at its best. Sure it can run without oil, for a little while, but you’ll pay for it in the long run when the car breaks down.
Your body needs consistent care and the right fuels and fluids to be at its best.
4. Unplug and Get Enough Sleep
Your body doesn’t just need water and fuel. Not getting enough sleep can lead to health issues and emotional strain in every area of life.
Adults who don’t get 7 to 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis are sleep deprived and can end up dealing with Increased risk of:
- Depression and anxiety
- Heart attack and stroke
- Kidney Disease
- High Blood Pressure
One of the best ways to improve your sleep is to unplug from electronics and mobile screens for at least an hour before heading to bed. Instead of zoning out looking at your phone, head out for a walk, do some meditation and sleep well.
5. Make Colorful Choices
Whether you’re choosing your wardrobe or the food to put on your plate. Color is good. Fruits and vegetables are crucial to being healthy and the more colorful they are, the better you’ll feel.
Adding color to your life, through art, wardrobe, interior design, gardening or other aspects of your life can help brighten your day and relieve depression and anxiety if you choose colors that are right for you.
Fitness and Nutrition Sucess Requires You to Keep Moving
As Dora in Finding Nemo says “Just keep swimming”. You don’t have to do everything at once. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a healthy lifestyle. Make changes moving in the right direction.
Eventually, you’ll have a healthy life and it won’t just be for a week or in just one area of life. You’ll feel and be healthier and happier.
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