…Healthiness Should Be A Routine And Not A Trend…

 

You’re probably sick of being bombarded with advertisements and pieces in the news about healthy living. When people talk about all the unhealthy aspects of your lifestyle, it seems like scaremongering. Let’s be honest – we all do at least one thing that’s unhealthy, to some extent. It’s impossible to lead a lifestyle that’s 100% “good” for you. We’re not robots, and we’re not perfect, by any means. Of course, there’s no harm in enjoying the occasional unhealthy treat or putting your feet up after a long day. The harm comes when the unhealthy aspects of your life massively outweigh the healthy aspects.

Life, in many ways, has become easier than ever. We don’t have to walk anywhere if we don’t want to; you can drive to work, to town, or to your friend’s house. And, as for work itself, most of us spend several hours sitting on a chair and staring at a computer screen; both of those things are bad for you in excess. The point is that we’ve become a very sedentary society. It’s fine to relax every day, but only if you’re leading an active and healthy lifestyle. And the key thing to remember here is that healthiness should be part of your lifestyle. You can’t do that if you go to the gym once and take a break for a month. Healthiness should be a routine and not a trend. Let’s look at some ways in which you could make that happen.

No more “quick fix” diets.

Fad diets are the worst. They’ve developed because of the common folk myth that skinniness equates to perfect health. Many people don’t care about what they’re eating – they just care about not eating too much. However, starving your body isn’t healthy. Being underweight causes just as many health problems as being overweight. Size isn’t what matters, at the end of the day; all that matters is whether your body is getting the sustenance it needs without overindulging. Essentially, you’re right in deciding that you need need to cut down on the junk food (obesity leads to heart disease along with many other health issues), but you need to replace that bad food with healthy alternatives.

Your body still needs a certain level of nutrients and vitamins to survive. Think about the food groups you’re eating. Are you getting carbohydrates, protein, calcium, iron, vitamin D, and all the other things your body needs? Make sure your permanent diet is full and balanced. If you opt for the “quick fix” diet then you’re going to become very hungry very quickly. What happens next? You’ll just bounce back to the original unhealthy diet and your weight will change again. Think less about your size and more about creating a healthy diet that will last you forever. In turn, your weight will naturally improve and reach a healthy level.

Find a form of exercise that you actually enjoy.

We all know the story: you’re a busy person, and you don’t have enough time for regular exercise. You spend your morning rushing around, so as to get ready for work; you spend your day sitting in a chair, whether that’s behind a screen or, perhaps, teaching a class of students; finally, you get home and collapse on the couch, as you’re utterly exhausted from the day you’ve had. Where’s the time for exercise in all of that? Well, rather than asking yourself how to “squeeze” exercise into your busy day, you need to think of ways in which you could replace the sedentary aspects of your day with something that allows you to be more physically active.

You could leave the house early and park your car a few blocks away from work, so as to give yourself no choice but to walk the rest of the way. Or, when you get home, you could set aside 15 minutes for exercise before you relax. 15 minutes is nothing. Leave the house, run around your local park or simply around the neighborhood, and then return home to relax. Exercising for a quarter of an hour might seem like nothing, but doing this every single day will make a huge improvement to your health. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you find some way to get your body active. Exercising little and often is all it takes. Of course, if you want to turn exercise into something fun then you could take up a sport to make it more interesting. You could get some triathlon gear and sign up for an upcoming race in a nearby town or city. Having a goal in your mind will help you stick to training in the long run rather than giving up after a few weeks. That’s how you turn healthiness into a routine rather than a trend.

Cut down on over-consumption (of anything).

Cutting down on over-consumption of any substance is the best way to make “healthy living” a routine rather than a trend that you’ll abandon in a few weeks. If you’re distracted by dependency then your mind can’t focus on the goal of getting healthier. Of course, it’s not just mentally damaging but physically damaging too. Drinking alcohol is fine when moderated, but over-consumption can damage the liver. As mentioned earlier, an occasional sugary snack is fine, but too many snacks can lead to health problems. Deciding to quit your bad habit will change your life.

Quitting cigarettes, for example, will bring a myriad of improvements to your health. Not only will you reduce your risk of cancer, which is enough of an incentive in itself, but you’ll also improve the general quality of your lungs. You’ll be more easily able to exercise, and you’ll have more energy. Additionally, your mental health will improve as you cut the ties with dependency, and we already know that the health of both the mind and body rely on one another. Putting a stop to the over-consumption of any substance has obvious physical benefits, but it’s the benefit it’ll have on your mind that really counts. As we’ll discuss later, there are other ways to work through your mental issues than to over-consume substances; whether that’s alcohol, cigarettes, or even food.

Get a better night’s sleep.

As discussed in the introduction, we’re all busy people, and we put our hectic lifestyles above our health. Obviously, you don’t need to be told that this is a dangerous and unhealthy way in which to live. Put yourself before your work if you want to be a healthier and happier person because you’re ruining your ability to be as “productive” as you want if you don’t take better care of yourself. And one of the big focuses in your life should be your sleeping pattern. Most of us don’t find enough time to sleep. And even if you do get the 8 or 9 hours that you need, you often don’t feel awake during the day. That’s because the quality of your sleep matters too. Make sure you have a firm and supportive mattress so that your body is comfortable whilst you sleep and you don’t wake up with aches and pains. Additionally, you need to avoid screens before bedtime because harsh lighting over-stimulates the brain and tricks you into thinking it’s still daytime.

Remember to relax.

Finally, you just need to remember to relax. If you want to adopt a healthy routine then your mindset is crucial to making this happen. You’re going to struggle to find the determination and motivation to stick to your goals if your mental health is suffering. As explained throughout this article, the body and the mind both affect one another greatly. Find some time during your evening to take a long soak in the bath or read a book to unwind. You could even try meditation so as to calm your thoughts and center yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

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