Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean hours of training at the gym and eating only salad leaves. It’s about making easy-to-manage healthy choices in your day-to-day living.
If you have ever tried to dramatically change your lifestyle you know how difficult it can be. It takes major discipline and there are so many options, fads, supplements and ads trying to get your attention stating “quick weight loss” or “30 pounds in 30 days” or “this is the miracle lifestyle”. Creating a healthy, balanced lifestyle is a journey with many different components that must work together to achieve results. Whether you are wanting to completely transform your body, just be more active, cut out some bad habits or regain your energy, each of these components must be taken into consideration. Having a plan in place and the support you need will lead you to success.
Here we are discussing the 4 main components to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
#1. Diet– consciously choosing what you put in your body on a daily basis is the starting point to creating a healthy body and mind. It is evident that some foods make you feel good and others don’t. Becoming aware of which is which for you personally will help your overall wellbeing. Putting a basic meal plan in place, that is easy to follow and prepare is key to setting yourself up for success.
#2. Exercise– whether it is making simple choices like taking the stairs, parking farther away from the entrance, going to a fitness class twice a week or putting a daily gym routine in place, doing more exercise daily will make you more energized, alert and focused. We all have stress in our lives, exercise is a natural stress release. Where ever you can fit exercise into your daily routine you will thank yourself down the road.
#3. Sleep– the quality of sleep and the amount are both important when considering this component. Your mind and body require rest to function effectively. As the amount of sleep we need changes as we age so does the quality of the sleep we are getting. Being conscious of our sleeping patterns and getting what we need allows us to be highly productive, function people for our families, our job and our selves.
#4. Thoughts– this component is arguably the most important and the one that is most affected by all the others. Have you noticed that if your diet is full of sugary carbohydrates or processed foods that its difficult for you to concentrate on a task? Have you noticed that when you are hungry you don’t treat people the way that you normally would? Have you noticed that when you exercise it is easier for you to focus and complete tasks? Have you noticed that when you are tired you are more irritable then normal? Have you noticed that with a lacking combination of each of these components anxiety can set in?
These are examples of how important lifestyle is when it comes to clear thinking. When our thoughts are clear and positive so are our actions, reactions and even the situations we encounter. Being aware of your thoughts and why they are there is the ultimate component of wellbeing.
Looking for support to implement and maintain a healthy lifestyle? We are here to help. Talk to our providers about the options we have to offer to support your healthy lifestyle journey.
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