When you turn on the television or open a magazine, you see adverts on how you can improve your life and live a healthier lifestyle. You see images of people working out, enjoying an organic fresh fruit at a farmer’s market, or drinking meal replacement shakes. All these images encourage us to improve our lives by living healthy lives.
To live a healthy life, you need dedication and discipline. Human biology is exceptionally complicated, and it requires due diligence to get the best of the different systems. This is usually affected by the type of lifestyle choices that we make. Hence, it is important to pay close attention to the state of our bodies and adopt measures or make choices that will ensure that we live healthier lives.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the strategies or tips that you can use to jumpstart your journey to healthy living.
- Set Achievable Goals
What exactly are you trying to achieve by making fitness a part of your life? Do you want to lose 25 pounds, drop 3 dress sizes, or run a marathon? These are all good long-term goals. What is important here is setting goals that are manageable and ones that can help you achieve long-term goals much faster.
- Plan Ahead
Schedule your workout in your calendar like you would a haircut, get together with friends or a business meeting. If you fail to make it a priority, the excuses will start piling up, and you will never achieve anything.
- Treat Yourself
To stay motivated in this journey, reward yourself after attaining an important milestone. For example, after hitting the gym in the evening, you can treat yourself to a relaxing bubble bath.
- Record Your Progress
Find ways to track your progress. Give yourself a fitness test before you start working out. See the number of push-ups that you can do, how long it takes you to run a mile, or how long you can hold the plank position. Journal these results weekly as you continue your fitness journey. With time, you will notice a few improvements.
- Get a Workout Buddy
Have a co-worker, spouse, or friend join you at the gym. It is much harder to come up with excuses when you have planned to go to the gym with a friend.
- Get your 30
Your objective for physical activity should be 30 minutes per day. Three 10-minute sessions are just as effective as one long session of exercise, this is according to the Harvard School of Public Health. For example, in a day, you can do:
- A 10-minute walk around your neighborhood as you get back from the office
- A 10-minute walk around the parking lot during lunchtime.
- 10 minutes of dancing before you work
- Try Something New
Doing the same routine every day will lead to boredom. Change your workout routine once in a while. Spice things up and do something that you have never done before. You can go to a spinning class, yoga, or Zumba. If you are used to the treadmill, take a run outside. Do the 100 push-up challenge.