For years and years, a healthy lifestyle has become more of a focus in society. Not only does a healthy lifestyle increase the length of your life, but it also increases the quality. Due to our stressful schedules and bad habits, sometimes it feels like we don’t have time to make healthy choices on a daily basis. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be the case. By changing a few behaviors and dropping bad habits in favor of healthier ones, anyone can take steps to lead healthier, happier, fuller lives.
A lot of these tips may seem like common sense, but lately common sense seems to be in short supply. Hopefully you’ll find a few ideas that you can incorporate into your life on a daily basis. You may be amazed at the difference you feel!
Here is the 10 wonderful ways To Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle
1. Eat Right
You don’t need a personal chef or mountains of money to eat right. You do need a little self-control and vigilance. Sure, it’s easier to eat foods that come out of a box or can, but you have to keep in mind how many steps there are between food in its natural state and the food on the shelves. The more processed a food is, the less healthy it is. Choose foods that aren’t pre-made, pre-packaged, and pre-seasoned. Yes, you will spend a little more time preparing meals, but it will be worth it.
Choose fruits and vegetables for snacks for your family instead of candy bars, crackers, chips, cookies, etc. A nice cold apple, pear, or celery stick is a great mid-day pick me up. Drink water! It will keep your body running better, and you’ll feel better. Your kids can munch on dehydrated apple or banana slices while they watch TV instead of something processed. The best part is that healthy food can be delicious!
Exercise is another buzz word that can elicit groans from people who don’t love to spend hours at the gym, but it doesn’t have to. Exercise can be as simple as taking a stroll around the block, but the secret is doing something every day. For thousands of years, human beings worked their bodies hard every day to provide sustenance for their families. We don’t need to do that anymore. Entire careers can be spent sitting at a desk, where there is almost no physical activity.
If you find yourself in a rut where you get little to no exercise, start small. Take the stairs when you can instead of an elevator. Park farther away from the supermarket and stretch your legs a little bit. Instead of sitting in the break room on your lunch break, get up and take a walk while you eat your healthy sandwich and apple slices.
Instead of watching hours of TV at night, grab your family and go for a walk. You’ll feel better physically, and you’ll build some great memories with your loved ones.
3. Find a Hobby
Work is stressful. Spouses are stressful. Families are stressful. Basically, life is stressful. Everyone needs to find something they love to do, and then find time to do that hobby. There will be time in your life for your priorities. Unfortunately, the tendency is to get home from work, eat something quick, and then land in front of the TV until it’s time for bed. It’s important to have some “me” time. Is there a skill you’ve always wanted to learn? Now is the time! Learn cooking, woodworking, hiking, sign language, or whatever! Get off your rear end and do something. Having a hobby releases stress and breaks up the demands of your day. Do something you enjoy on a regular basis to break up stress and give yourself something to look forward to.
4. Manage Your Stress
Everyone has stresses in their lives. Period. Until the day you die, there will be things to stress about. Luckily, we have a little bit of say over what the major stressors in our lives are. First tip – don’t sweat the small stuff. Second tip –it’s all small stuff.
There is a lot of wisdom in the Serenity Prayer offered up by participants in 12 step programs. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” Look at the items in your life that cause you the most stress. Can you change it? If not, what good does worrying do? If you can, why haven’t you changed it yet? Say goodbye to extra stressors in your life. Life is too short to have to put up with things in your life that you know stress you out.
5. Make Friends
There’s an interesting dichotomy in today’s society. We have become digital in our interactions, while forgetting how to interact face to face. Get to know your coworkers, fellow church-goers, neighbors, etc. You know that guy who always seems to be happy and always has people around him? Want to be that guy? Show genuine interest in people and try to have a positive outlook every day. It’s deceptively simple – be a friendly person, and you will have friends.
6. Invest In a Pet
I once saw a beautiful picture of a pair of hands holding a bird. The caption read, “We give comfort and receive comfort, sometimes at the same time.” Pets can be a natural stress reliever, and can make people happier. When you know you have your favorite pet waiting for you when you come home, it gives you a sense of value. Pets can be known to understand your feelings and will be there to cuddle with you when you are sad, and ready to play with you when you are happy!
7. Find Work You Love
The saying goes, “Find a job you love, and you won’t work a day in your life.” Of course it’s not that easy for most people, but it’s always possible. Do you want a better professional situation? Do what it takes to get there. Go to work to work, and do your job to the best of your abilities. As your superiors see you take pride in your work, opportunities will open for you. If you find yourself in a job you hate in a company you don’t want to be a part of, don’t stay there! Not everyone can be a ballerina, or jet pilot, or astronaut, but you can find a job that takes advantage of your skills and talents, that you enjoy. There’s no worse feeling than dreading going to work every morning.
8. Manage Your Money Wisely
Budgets are on everyone’s mind. How many people do you know that could say, “I have all the money I need!” I know my list is very short. There are tons of free websites that will help you form a budget, so get control of your money. It’s incredible how far you can stretch a dollar when you plan out how you’re going to spend it. And of course, every now and then you can splurge on something that makes you happy. Money woes can really take a toll on a person. Every now and then, treat yourself to something you have been craving, because after all, with all your hard work, you deserve it!
9. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is when your mind can relax and unwind. You won’t always be able to get a full 8 hours of sleep, but do what you need to get at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. The most valuable sleep hours are before 1 a.m., so the earlier you get to sleep, the better sleep you’ll get. Instead of staying up late watching reruns, go to bed and get some sleep! You even burn more calories sleeping than watching TV. Bonus!
Between work, family, friends and all that a busy life entails, be sure to find time to relax. Whether this is with a partner or by yourself, everyone needs some down time. Find some time every week to get away from the world and meditate. Turn off your cell phone, go outside and just be still. Let your mind wander and just enjoy the world around you.
With practice and diligence, it really isn’t difficult to lead a balanced, healthy lifestyle. You will not only live longer, but you will live happier. Apply one step at a time, and add to your own healthy lifestyle list. These are all just ideas, and the best ideas will be the ones you come up with for yourself.