Living a healthy lifestyle gets easier day by day. If you've lived pretty unhealthy for most of your life and lived off of junk food and no exercise, a healthy lifestyle can seem pretty intimidating at first.
To put it lightly, when I started my health journey, it was anything but easy. I was trying to lose weight in unhealthy ways.
Below are 9 tips that truly paved the way for my success for living a healthy life.
Implement these tips into your life and start reaping the benefits today!
Before we start, I want to make it clear that it is NEVER too late to start your healthy lifestyle. Whether you're 70 years old or 20 years old, start it as soon as possible and ease into it and do it for the right reasons.
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1. First off, do it for the right reasons.
Obviously, everyone wants to look good appearance wise, but you also want to do it for your health.
I only realized this a couple 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.
I know I solely was living the healthy lifestyle for appearance reasons and that will quickly wear off. Take it from me, please educate yourself on why being healthy is important. Life gets a lot easier when you go this route.
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 constantly trying new physical activities because it allows me to find new ways to release stress and get stronger.
And obviously, when you find a workout you love, you are able to workout freely and have fun, instead of thinking it's just work or a job.
Try out anything and don't be scared or hesitant on trying out a new activity. Don't be intimidated by people who might be in better shape than you.
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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 really easy, too! All you have to do is get 1 bunch of kale and rip it apart, place it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or so.
You'll know when they're ready because they'll end up looking like chips!
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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 actually worse than regular soda. On the topic of drinks, stay away from alcohol as much as possible as well. I am not including wine in this because there are many benefits to drinking red wine, but make sure to only 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 definitely need to have people around to keep you motivated.
For me, I had no one to really motivate me in real life so I looked upon social media to find people to support me. I started an Instagram account and had almost 5k followers that were supporting me.
My account eventually got hacked but I started a new Instagram page and kept it for diet/workout purposes. I like to hashtag things like #fitspo #inspiration.
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 in order 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.
In order 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. 🙂
How did you start your healthy lifestyle? What kind of advice would you give someone who is trying to start their healthy lifestyle?
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