For many people, becoming fit and healthy is an unobtainable lifelong goal, but it doesn’t have to be.
Becoming healthy is all about changing the way we live. With determination and willpower, any lifestyle is accessible. To begin changing your approach to health, there are a few health and fitness ideas you need to adopt to begin building your new routine.
It might be difficult to get used to, but if you stay dedicated, you can change your lifestyle and be a fitness guru in no time.
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1. Drink plenty of water.
Some people love water and other people have excuses for why it’s difficult for them to drink in excess.
Whatever your excuses are, try to avoid using them as a crutch. Drinking plenty of water can clear your skin, improve kidney function and help you avoid weight gain (the idea being that you substitute water for high-calorie drinks).
Water is in no way a quick-fix health tip, but drinking a little extra everyday will get you headed in a good direction.
Keep in mind that there is no “magic number” for how much water you should consume daily. Eight cups a day is a good idea, but it has so scientific backing. A good idea is to start by catching yourself before you open a soda or order a sweet tea.
Then, step back and order either an unsweetened tea or water. You can increase the amount of water you drink a day from there. You can find a big bottle and make it your mission to finish the entire thing by a certain time of day, then refill it and keep working on it.
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2. Stretch every day.
Stretches and light exercises are a great way to get energized and increase body tone. Begin my doing some light stretches and then end by doing exercises that work your body. You can even do yoga. If you are particularly dedicated, you can sign up for a class or look online or on your television for a video class.
You should try to do stretches once a day to start. If your live an active lifestyle, do them early in the morning to get energized. If your lifestyle and work is sedentary, use them to break up your day so that you aren’t sitting in one position for too long. The longer you live with this routine the better it will feel to stretch and you’ll even feel more tired on days that you can’t stretch. Once you have a set routine, try stretching twice a day or instead, you can run or go to the gym for a harder workout.
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3. Get your daily vitamins and minerals.
Vitamins each have a different body function that they protect. A lack of daily vitamins can turn into a deficiency and a deficiency can have harmful effects on the body. If your diet does not incorporate all of your daily vitamins and minerals for the day, then you should purchase some supplements.
Krill and fish oil are highly recommended. They have plenty of vitamins and minerals and the essential fatty acids. You should also supplement with a multivitamin. If you do not consume a lot of dairy, a probiotic might be a good option as well..
Look over your diet and make a list of what you eat enough of and what you don’t. Then supplement with the things you’re missing.
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4. Revise your diet
You don’t have to go on a diet if you don’t want to, but you should definitely look at the foods you eat and cut out the unhealthy ones. Stock up on fruits and vegetables, eat more filling soups and stews, and cut out the processed junk food.
Your body will thank you in the long run. It’s proven that purer sources of food make us feel more energized, happier and less prone to a multitude of health ailments. Pay attention to your grocery list for the week. Avoid shopping hungry and you won’t buy the chips you’re always crazing or the soda that that you love. Instead you’ll stick to your shopping list. Try making a meal plan as well. By incorporating healthy and delicious recipes into your diet, you’ll eat satisfying meals that will fill you up for longer.
5. Take care of your body.
Every healthy person remembers to make time to take care of themselves and their bodies. This might mean taking time to relax and destress. You should incorporate a relaxation ritual into your life that will take away your stress and leave you feeling refreshed. Light a candle and read a book or take ten to fifteen minutes to meditate before bed.
A ritual is a great way to instantly calm yourself down after a bad day or when you’re not feeling well. If you have trouble sleeping, stay away from the television of your phone.
Electronics keep our brain activity buzzing for some time even after we turn them off. Restless people should try reading or meditating before bed to calm down and ease into sleep.
It’s also important to take care of your health. Get your vaccinations, protect your immune system and avoid sickness. Always remember to take time to breathe as well. In a world full of deadlines, it’s hard to remember that we all need to stop and breathe. Stress can weaken the immune system and allow viruses to incubate, so give yourself a day here and there to do only what you want to do instead of working.
Fitness and health is more than just going to the gym and eating right. Health is about keeping the focus on your body. While it can seem difficult in the beginning to train yourself to think like that, it becomes second nature quicker than you’d expect.
These tips are the small things that you should start doing every day. As you start to grow and understand the challenges and benefits of a healthy lifestyle, you can start to expand on them or add more rigorous diets or exercises throughout your day. Fitness and health is as rewarding and inspiring as it is difficult. If you have the motivation, you can finally achieve your lifelong goal of getting healthy.
Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Jane is an entrepreneur, and a full-time housewife. She spends most of her time on doing kitchen stuff reviews and owns several health and home sites such as That Sweet Gift, Monica’s Health Mag, Jane’s Kitchen, Woodworking Tools Lab and Car Seat Experts.