“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear” ~ Buddha
Over the past few years, there has been a push for healthy living and changing our lifestyles to increase the quality and longevity of our lives. There are many ways we have been repeatedly educated on how to do so. We have been told to exercise more and eat a more healthy diet. The biggest issue being that we, as a rule, do not take well to drastic change. It really is more of a matter of instituting small changes a few at a time, as to not grow tired of these lifestyle changes.
By eliminating sugary drinks, such as soft drinks, you can lose up to 25 pounds a year. This small, but effective change can also cut down on the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. It is better to choose non calorie, unsweetened drinks. Of course, water is the best choice. Water in itself has many added benefits. Water helps maintain a balance in your bodily fluids. It can help you control calories by replacing a high calorie beverage with water. Water can help prevent muscle fatigue, and helps work muscles when working out. It is also important to maintain healthy looking skin.
Being more physically active can also make a drastic improvement in your well-being. I am not talking anything as drastic as going to the gym every day, though, if you can, great. Just a few simple changes is all that is needed at the start. Walking about a mile a day outside your normal daily routine. You can go after work or before, at a pace that is comfortable with you. As time goes by, you will start to have a bit more energy. At that point, throw is a short jog if you feel comfortable. If you work in a building with stairs, use them over escalators or elevators. Unless you work on the 35th floor in a high rise, in which case do not try and hurt yourself. Take a few floors of stairs at a time, until you feel you can accomplish more.
There are still various other ways we can change our lives for the better. You can try and get more sleep. Sleep is the body’s way of recharging. Lack of sleep can be the most lethal component of an unhealthy lifestyle. Lack of sleep can lead to sugar cravings because the body needs sleep to produce insulin. This, in turn, makes your body crave the foods that you really should be staying away from. A full sleep routine can do wonders to improve mood, curb cravings, as well as give you more energy on a daily basis. In fact, it is the most essential part of a healthy lifestyle, in my opinion. Without sleep, any other changes will get tiring and hard to maintain. Plus, it is the easiest to accomplish if you prioritize. After all, who does not like the feeling of a good nights rest.
Food for thought: take ‘healthy’ in stride
Living healthy is a life choice that we cannot afford to not make. It will cut down on the chances of developing heart disease as well as diabetes. Being fit and active can also improve mood and brain function. When you start down the road, it may seem a bit hard to enact the changes because we live in a society that is all about immediate results.
Do not give up if you do not see yourself reaching your goal fast enough. Keep at it and it will happen. Once again, do not try to change your routine too drastically at first. Start with something simple like going to bed earlier. If it does not help in getting more rest, get a better mattress. Just be sure to do whatever you can to improve your healthy goals. We all want to see ourselves live to 100.