We all get stuck in a rut in our daily lives from time to time, that includes our state of health. What’s one more glass of wine? You swear that drive-thru whispers “come to me” in your ear on your way home from work. And, far too often, the old excuses show up just in time to cancel your 30-min workout. Unfortunately, the more we continue to give into these saboteurs, the more we slip into an unhealthy lifestyle and, thus, get stuck. In fact, as I’m sure you’ve discovered, this stuckness can lead to weight issues, depression and low confidence and self-esteem. I’m not here to say you have to be perfect or live up to some health ideal. I’m simply suggesting that a more balanced approach and deviating in moderation could transform your life. So here’s a helpful, quick guide to getting a fresh start with your wellness.
What You Drink
We can all enjoy a social alcoholic drink occasionally, but try to use wisdom and care not to make it a daily habit. The same can be said for the amount of caffeine you drink. Keep these types of drinks to a minimum and, instead, consider drinking more water throughout the day. Keeping yourself hydrated will offer many benefits including clearer skin and a better night’s sleep. It’s recommended to get at least two liters a day. If you struggle to keep hydrated during the day, then invest in a water bottle that you can keep close by. It will remind you to drink more.
Going from being sedentary to being active is never easy, that’s why you should ease into new exercise routines. Furthermore, do consult your health care provider before you begin something new. Try to focus on moving more in general. This could be taking a walk each day or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. And, you don’t always have to look for the closest parking spot in the lot. It’s a gradual process that will make you stronger and more fit if you get consistent with it. Things like increasing the number of steps you do can be enough to get closer to your wellness goals. However, if you want to go a step further, join a gym or hire a fitness coach. I also have many work out dvds that I love to follow in the comfort of my home.
A Balanced Diet
Diets can be tricky business. They can offer a great weight loss option at the beginning, but they can be difficult to maintain and often lead to re-gaining the weight. I’m not really a fan of “diets” in general. I consider the best option to be learning how to eat a balanced diet. This is where you get a good intake of a variety of healthy foods, but you don’t deny yourself an occasional treat. Another excellent way to make sure you get the right vitamins and minerals is to take supplements from places like endomet. I actually take a handful of vitamins and herbal supplements every day. This is particularly important if you have specific health goals or are trying to recover from illness or injury. Again, do consult your doctor before you go and start taking a bunch of supplements, as there are some that can interfere with certain medications and treatments.
Sometimes just changing the way you think about yourself and your potential can change everything. A negative thought process makes you feel stuck and helpless. You may tell yourself that you can’t do something, or perhaps feel bad about yourself for the way you look or how you act. But a positive mindset will always promote a greater chance for success at any endeavor. Better health can start by simply feeling grateful for what you have and taking it from there.
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