Healthy living – for some is the norm. For others like me, it can be a necessary change brought on by a life event. Change means to make or become different, and this could mean of varying degrees to different people as it can either be very minor or drastic in nature. But it almost always is for good or a positive outcome. Change also usually comes during the new year..a new year’s resolution. Sometimes it is easier said than done, especially when the change you want in your life is to stay healthier, or more active or something of that nature. Many resolutions or the desired change that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year usually only lasts a few weeks on the average, so seldom does it stick through the next year.
The desire to stay healthy or healthier is a common goal for many, but without the determination and motivation, it stays just as it is, a goal. So how do you move it forward, and actually get to a healthier you? It’s important to take simple steps and make sure that what you set out to do is actually within your limitations, or achievable.
A good start would be to spend some quiet time to contemplate on what you want to do, and how you want to proceed. Having a plan and setting a realistic goal by starting with the basic and simplest things is a step towards your goal.
If you put your heart and mind to it, then you can do it.
If you are new to exercise or working out, or have not done so in a while, ease yourself into the basics, and slowly work your way up. Proper stretching and warming up is important, as well as keeping a steady pace that your body can actually handle is great. After a few sessions, chances are your exercise regimen will become more routine. Now is the time to introduce different techniques or more advanced moves to keep your newly reconditioned body up to the challenge.
Eat well, and healthy. Eating healthy does not mean having bland or tasteless food, so be adventurous and treat your palate to food that you have not tasted before. Do not be afraid to experiment and try different recipes, cooking methods, different cuisines. If taking on a new diet, gradually introduce the change to your body instead of taking on a rigid diet in a moment’s notice. You want this process to be enjoyable. Do not deprive yourself of foods you love or enjoy the most as this will only result in cravings cause if and when you do start to give in, then you’re essentially back to square one. Don’t forget to stay hydrated…drink up all the water and natural juices to quench and replenish expended fluids. Avoid caffeinated as well as artificially sweetened drinks, and limit alcohol consumption. Remember to take everything in stride…and in moderation.
Get a good night’s sleep of at least 6 to 7 hours each night to give your body time to recuperate from your daily stress. When you’ve slept well, your body in turn functions well as it had time to heal and recharge. You are alert, and all five senses work perfectly. Keep in mind that sleep deprivation takes its toll on the body causing mental and behavioral issues such as anxiety, depression, irritability, headaches, short attention span, all sorts of body aches and pain and mild to serious illnesses.
Avoid taking medication if it is not for a life threatening disease or disorder. Explore the wide range of natural and herbal remedies available for almost every ailment, or for taking preventive measures. If you exercise, eat healthy and sleep well, there may not be a need to medicate altogether. Indulge in a massage and enjoy the wonderful healing therapy for your body.
Take on a hobby, or do something you love like gardening, cooking, painting, and on and on. There’s so many activities that you can partake in to relax and give yourself a break from the daily grind. Even just taking a different way to work or your local store can be a refreshing change to your normal routine. Challenging your brain gives you mental clarity and keeps you young so don’t be afraid to learn something new everyday.
It is always great for your body, mind and soul to spend some time to recollect, meditate or pray, to give thanks and appreciation for life itself and everyone near and dear to your heart. Smile and have an open caring heart. Laugh like you’ve never laughed before. Love yourself and others freely. The good thing is we don’t have to wait for the new year to change something in our life. You and I can make it happen anytime, anywhere. Enjoy life and it’s blessings!