One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to be healthy and lose weight, and we constantly see advertisements for the newest diet or the newest weight loss pill. But these fast ways to lose weight are not sustainable or good for you, and are not healthy living. Healthy living usually means having your physical and mental health in balance. And while it may seem difficult to make changes in order to lead a healthy life, there are small steps you can make to ensure your healthy living plan succeeds.
- Fix your nutritional habits
- Get enough exercise
- Get enough sleep
Your Nutritional Habits
Making sure that you are eating enough, and eating the correct foods is the first step towards healthy living. In general, weight loss relies 70 percent on your diet, and only 30 percent on your exercise. There are some simple, and easy things that you can do to make sure your nutrition is on the right track.
- Make sure you are eating three meals a day. This includes breakfast! Skipping breakfast can ruin your metabolism for the rest of the day.
- Cook from scratch, whenever possible. When you cook from scratch, you know exactly what is going into your food. This means you won’t unknowingly ingest additives or preservatives.
- When choosing food, make sure they are low in saturated fats, salt, cholesterol, and added sugar.
- Drink enough water. Drinking things like soda and juice can increase your daily caloric intake. Make sure you are eating your calories, not drinking them!
Exercise Well, Exercise Often
Making sure that you are exercising regular is the second step towards healthy living. Regular exercise can prevent decreases in muscle mass, help improve your balance, and prevent diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also help improve self-esteem and confidence! There are some quick tips for including exercise into your daily routine.
- Exercise can be broken down into small, 10 minute sessions. This is vitally important for those who do not have a good endurance, and cannot manage long bouts of exercise.
- If fact, most experts recommend starting slowly because it helps you avoid injury and fatigue. Over time, you can build up to 60 minutes of moderate exercise.
- Find something you enjoy to do! You don’t necessarily have to run every day in order to get exercise. Join a dance class, go swimming, or do yoga. Or anything else that you enjoy! When you enjoy your exercise routine, you’re more likely to stick to it.
- If you start to feel pain while exercising, stop immediately. Being tired and sore is normal during strenuous exercise, but pain is not.
Getting enough sleep is the third step towards healthy living, and is often ignored. But missing out on sleep can set back all of your goals. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night in order to stay healthy.
- According a recent study, people who were well rested lose more overall weight than those who are sleep deprived. Getting enough sleep allows your metabolism to work at full speed.
- Getting enough sleep also has a host of other health benefits. Being properly rested can help increase your attention, lower your overall stress levels, and increase your memory and retention.
- Not getting enough sleep has been linked to health problems like diabetes and obesity.