It’s no secret that eating right and exercising requires a lot of work. It’s one of the main reasons why people continue to be overweight and ignore their health. As capable as we are of doing right by our bodies, it’s easier for humans to just go with the flow and choose things that require less energy to prepare.
And no wonder! As a society, we are working hard, longer hours, for less pay and have more demands on our time than ever before. Who has time to cook or exercise at the end of the day?
If you feel like you are losing an uphill battle with your health, you are not alone. But we want to help make the process easier, with smaller, more manageable steps you can take to start feeling better.
In time, you might even get excited about living a healthier lifestyle, but even if these tips help you to feel less run down by the process of living a healthier life, we’re happy we could help.
Everyone wants to just into a healthier lifestyle and go all in when they finally decide that it’s for them. But that’s a surefire way to derail your efforts before you even get started.
Rather than jump on the bandwagon and give it 110%, we encourage you to start with the small things that are easier to change and that won’t make you want to turn around and run in the other direction in short order.
For example, instead of focusing on taking foods out of your diet, which is the way most people start trying to be healthier, simply add in health foods. If you want to kick things up a notch, you might consider adding supplements or oils to your foods in order to make them healthier.
Some people prefer to take pill-form supplements, but whatever you decide, the point is that you are making healthier choices for your body a little at a time.
Walk Around the Block
Often, it’s difficult to imagine that a walk around the block could have any kind of positive impact on your body and health, but the truth is that any exercise is better than no exercise.
So even if you continue with your dedication to starting small and walk around the block a few times a week, you will start to feel better in some regards. You won’t see an overnight change, but you will start to feel better and notice that you have more energy each time you leave the house to take that walk.
What might happen, as it does with many people, is that you will walk longer each time you go out walking. There’s no pressure from anyone or anything to do that, but it’s often a nice side effect of actually starting to exercise: the more you do, the more you want to do.
Don’t head out trying to run a marathon. You can do it eventually, but you’ll get discouraged if you try doing that right out of the gate.
Talk to Someone
It’s important to have people in your corner who can help cheer you on as you continue to make healthier lifestyle choices. It’s not only great for your confidence to have someone telling you that you can do these things, but it’s good for your soul to have someone you can turn to and confide in when things are tough.
There are lots of social apps available these days to help people make changes in their diet and exercise regimes, so even if you feel like there is nobody in your immediate circle that can be of help, you can find someone on the internet to be your fitness buddy.
You might also consider starting a journal to track your progress or work out some things that are sure to arise as you continue to move forward. Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be about weight loss. It can simply be about feeling better in your own skin. It is often brought on by an urge to lose weight, but as you continue on your journey, you’ll find that your focus may shift away from being a certain size to begin to be happy.
Celebrate the Changes
As you move to make healthier lifestyle choices and adopt new ways of doing things and seeing your life, make sure you take time to celebrate what is most important to you.
It’s important that you celebrate your commitment to yourself and your health. Perhaps you’ve tried new things, started new exercise routines, and started sleeping better.
These are all worthy things to celebrate. Waiting until you get to a certain milestone or weight can make you feel like you are depriving yourself. Our approach to a healthy lifestyle is really all about paying attention to the moments that are moving you forward now.
So whether you are sick and tired of being sick and tired or you are looking to ramp up your already robust workout routine, starting small, working little things into your routine, and celebrating the wins can really help keep you motivated to carry on, especially when things get tough.
If you are stressed or anxious about your new lifestyle, make sure to take time to incorporate stress-reducing activities into your day, such as reading, relaxing, or doing a favorite activity.
Some people like to use CBD oils as part of their relaxation routines, and as part of their healthy eating plan as well. There are also meditation apps you can use to help focus your energy and keep your eye on the prize. The important thing is that you allow yourself to be flexible and figure out what is going to work for you.
One-size-fits-all is not a real thing when it comes to the diet and weight loss industry, healthy eating programs, or even exercise routines. There’s no right or wrong answer. The proper way to do this, to live a more healthy lifestyle, is the way that works for you.