Everyone has a New Year’s resolution or vision of how they want their life to be. Rather than focusing specifically on losing weight or working out alone, try to think of a bigger picture idea. Why not focus on what it takes to make you your healthiest and best? Not only are you working towards looking better, but you can also work to feel better now and well into the future.
The key to being your healthiest and best is to create the type of lifestyle that supports this. There are several elements that help you to get to that ideal lifestyle and so you need to be mindful of all of them. Simply focusing on eating better or working out is part of it, but not everything. If you want to enjoy the best results then you need to focus on each element in total to create the overall lifestyle to support you.
This Is An Investment Into You
This doesn’t happen overnight and it does take dedication. If you are willing to put forth the effort and stay on top of these changes, you will start to feel better almost instantly. The healthy, whole, and balanced lifestyle that you create will help you to look and feel your best now and will also help you to work towards prevention in the future.
Here are the various elements that create a healthy, whole, natural, and balanced lifestyle:
• Eating the right foods in the right way: It’s about eating whole foods that are natural and balanced, but also eating them in the right way. So no more additives and preservatives from packaged foods because now it’s about whole, natural, and fresh foods. Loads of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low fat dairy products, good fats, and whole grains are all part of it. You also need to aim to eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. This will keep you energized and ensure that you don’t eat the wrong foods ever again.
• Creating and maintaining a challenging fitness regimen: You need to really work hard to get your body to change. Incorporating variety to keep your body guessing is a big part of this. You also need to be sure to keep it challenging and mix in cardio with strength training. Aim for exercising at least 4 times a week, not just for weight loss but for better health.
• Learning to properly manage your stress: Stress can take a toll on your health after awhile so it’s important to learn to manage it. Using relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga and stress-relieving baths can be very helpful. This will keep your mind clear and will also help to eliminate any negative effects that stress can have on your physical health as well.
• Getting plenty of rest: Never underestimate the power of a good night of sleep. Sleep deprivation can take a toll on your health as well. Make sure that your bedroom is free of any distractions and that you can rest easily. You need to aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to be your best each day.
• Getting rid of bad habits and replacing them with better ones: It’s time to quit smoking, stop the excessive alcohol and caffeine habit, quit skipping meals, and learn how to take care of yourself. You need to make your health your priority and that means replacing the bad habits with healthier ones. Cooking healthy meals for yourself, managing your time, getting to the doctor when you need to, and making your health and well being a priority is all part of the big picture.
• Adapting to a positive mindset: You probably don’t think about your mindset as a necessary part of this, but it truly is. If you feel good about what you are doing and you are mentally and emotionally invested into it, then you will be successful. You need to have a good attitude, feel strong, and be motivated to be your healthiest and best—that’s when it all comes together and this is what makes up a truly balanced lifestyle!