Living a healthy lifestyle gets easier day by day. The easiest way to get started is simply by getting started. So many of us work ourselves up trying to create some elaborate plan to start a healthy lifestyle.
The key is to get started with small, simple steps.
Below are nine tips that genuinely paved the way for my success in living a healthy life.
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1. First off, do it for the right reasons.
Everyone wants to look good appearance wise, but you also want to do it for your health.
I only realized this a couple of years or so ago, but you HAVE to do it for the right reasons.
These reasons can be because you want to be healthier, have more energy or to live longer.
Get a fitness planner to keep you motivated and on track of your healthy lifestyle.
It’s a lot easier when you’re writing down your meals and exercises. Keep yourself accountable!
2. Workout in the morning.
Working out first thing in the morning sets the bar for the day, and you also don’t have to worry about doing it later.
When you wait to do a workout later in the day, you are giving yourself time to talk yourself out of the workout or find excuses.
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3. Find a physical hobby you like.
I’ve tried kickboxing, Bikram yoga, regular yoga, rock climbing, sculpting classes, Crossfit, etc.
I love trying new physical activities because it allows me to find new ways to release stress and get stronger.
And, when you find a workout you love, you can workout freely and have fun, instead of thinking it’s just work or a job.
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4. Get educated.
Find recipes for your favorite foods and learn how to swap out unhealthy recipes for the healthier ones.
I make kale chips at home instead of buying processed chips.
It’s effortless, too! All you have to do is get one bunch of kale and rip it apart, place it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or so.
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5. Educate yourself on processed foods.
Educate yourself on how McDonald’s and other fast-food chains make their food.
Fun fact about me: I used to eat fast food every day, sometimes twice.
You obviously won’t be surprised when I tell you I ballooned up to 180 pounds and was obese according to the BMI scale.
I had an extreme case of acne all over my body.
6. This should be a given, but stay away from soda.
I am attaching a link that should make you want to stay away from soda forever.
Stay away from diet soda too.
It’s been said that it’s worse than regular soda.
On the topic of drinks, stay away from alcohol as much as possible as well.
I do not include wine in this because there are many benefits to drinking red wine, but make sure only to have a glass of red wine each night.
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7. Get a support system.
I believe this is key to starting and continuing to live a healthy lifestyle.
It can be incredibly hard at first, so you need to have people around to keep you motivated.
For me, I had no one to motivate me in real life, so I looked upon social media to find people to support me.
8. Make sure to keep a healthy mindset.
You aren’t going to lose all your weight within a month.
The slower you lose the weight, the easier it will be to maintain it.
I remember when I first started my weight loss journey, I lost a ton of weight fast and gained it all back quickly.
I was on a weight loss roller coaster and quickly realized I had to do it the right way and lose it slowly for me to maintain it.
This book helped me grow confidence and feel secure with myself.
9. Last but not least, have fun while doing it.
To make it a lifestyle, it needs to stay around for your whole life.
If it seems like a job, you’ll quit much sooner than you think.
Make friends who are into eating healthy and exercising. Find hobbies that are fun and exciting.
Go on vacations and trips where you can incorporate fun physical activities.
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Living a healthy lifestyle is incredibly easy once you make a habit. I used to eat fast food every single day, never exercised, and drank pretty heavily.
Living a clean, vibrant life has become effortless, and it’s the only way I enjoy life.
So what are you waiting for? You have total control when it comes to changing your life, so start now. 🙂
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How did you start your healthy lifestyle?
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