Building a healthier lifestyle can be a daunting task. It seems obvious the choices you have to make. But years of bad eating and lack of exercise are habits that are difficult to break. Building a new healthier version of yourself won’t happen overnight. Instead of focusing on the large overwhelming task ahead, there are a lot of small manageable changes that can make a big impact on your life for years to come. Fitness, nutrition, and wellness are the three pillars for creating a healthier, happier you. Down below we’ll break down each of these three pillars and the small little changes you should implement into your life.
Finding the will to go to the gym everyday can be tough. If you’re unable to go the gym everyday there are smaller changes you can implement to get exercise. Try using a standing desk instead of a normal one. Most office workers sit for an average of fifteen hours a day as a result they have a higher risk of heart disease, type two diabetes, and cancer. Try taking the stairs rather than using the elevator. It’s a small workout and most of the time it’s faster than the elevator. In addition, go for walks during your break and instead of emailing your co-workers walk over to their desk. If you are able to go to a gym find a buddy to go with. This will keep you accountable and you’ll look forward to your daily workout. Signing up for workout classes is another way to keep accountability.
Drink a lot of water at least one glass per meal. Water helps you lose weight by making your stomach feel fuller preventing you from overeating and increases how many calories you burn. Other benefits of drinking more water include lubricating joints, boosts skin health, regulates body temperature, and helps maintain blood pressure. Pre-plan healthy meals with tons of vegetables on weekends. This will prevent you from getting fast food at lunch and over snacking in the break room. Adding more vegetables into your diet will reduce the risk of developing certain cancers like lung, colon, breast, cervix, esophagus, stomach, bladder, pancreas, and ovaries. Vegetables are low in calories and filled with nutrients, fiber, and water.
Most people forget to factor in mental health when discussing overall wellness. Treating your mental health can be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep. Research shows that sleep deprivation has a significant negative effect on your mood. If sleep is eluding you, turn off your phone an hour before going to sleep. In order for your body to turn off for the night, the mind has to go first. Turning off your phone will eliminate stressful thoughts before bed providing a more restful night’s sleep. Exercising can be a powerful antidote to fixing your mental health. When you exercise your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins before and after a workout easily combating stress, anxiety, and depression. Another easy way to improve your mental health is by trying to think more positively. Keep a gratitude journal and write down a list of what you’re grateful for each day. This allows your mind to only think about the positive moments of the day rather than focusing on the negative.
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