Developing healthy habits is positive for life, according to researchers at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. With their data, people who followed a healthy diet, drank moderate amounts of alcohol, and did not smoke lived longer than those who did not change their lifestyle.
As humans, we are always reminded to make changes by the people we follow on social media, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. But there are maintainable improvements we can all make to lead healthier lifestyles.
It’s all about your diet
If you’re like me, you’ve likely gone through a number of diets – vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, pescatarian, and keto to name a few. The hardest part of diet is your mentality. Many of the reasons people do not adhere to diets is because it is only a short term diet. To get this long-term physical effect, change your diet into a lifestyle. It’s okay to have a cheeseburger at your favorite restaurant once a week as long as you have healthier eating habits every day. Another important tip is to convert these unhealthy foods into healthy foods by replacing ingredients with healthier options.
Portioning of food
When I had the opportunity to train with a professional trainer last year as part of the January 2020 edition, Diana Fernandez from Fit Girl Culture emphasized that it was about portioning food. She allowed me to eat the foods I still enjoyed. I just had to prioritize portioning to control what I was eating. Invest in food scales and determine how many calories you should be eating in a day.
Sometimes doing some type of exercise on your schedule isn’t ideal, but it is important to reprogram your lifestyle for an active one. Try to indulge in at least 30 minutes of physical activity before work or before bed. Some ideas include walking, pilates, yoga, hula hooping, and jump roping to get your body moving.
Being better starts with your inner self. While your physical health is critically important, your inner wellbeing is just as important to leading a healthy life. You need to be able to put your sanity first in order to achieve inner peace. Some ways to do this are to connect with something outside of your work life, such as arts and crafts, reading, cooking, catching up on your favorite TV shows, biking, hiking, etc. Do whatever temporarily separates you from the outside world for the moment.
drink lots of water
There is no doubt that water plays a fundamental role in our lives, but with other more tempting drinks we often forget how important it is to our health. According to Harvard Health, the average person should drink four to six cups, but water intake needs to be adjusted based on the person. Read more at https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-water-should-you-drink. Drinking water between meals can also help you fill up and keep you from overeating.