When you were a child, you probably ran and played all day, but as an adult, even taking the stairs is a hassle and sometimes not an option. You may find yourself dragging around without the energy to get everything accomplished. Whether you’re overweight, under-energized or simply want to feel better, you need to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
It all starts with small steps.
There’s a children’s song from the movie, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town called, Put One Foot in Front of the Other. It speaks to achieving any goal. It all starts with one small step and then another. You can start making changes today that will help you on that road to fitness. You can start by making changes to your diet and increasing the amount of exercise you get. Taking small steps to increase your exercise can be as simple as getting up and walking around the room every fifty minutes. Taking the stairs and not the elevator or parking further to the store. Walk faster and enjoy every opportunity to do it.
Eating healthier is extremely important.
No matter how much exercise you get, a healthy body starts in the kitchen. It’s not always easy to know what the right choice is, but there are a few things you can do until you either get the help of an expert or learn the keys to healthy eating. Avoid processed foods. Use the color technique to create a healthy meal. Create a rainbow of color on your plate with fruit and vegetables that are yellow, green, red and purple. Each color contains different nutrients. Avoid white food. If you’ve studied art or the light spectrum, you know white is an absence of color and white foods, like white flour, sugar, rice and bread all lack nutrients.
Be prepared and don’t give up.
Being prepared means having healthy snacks ready to eat. Cut up fresh fruits and vegetables and have them ready for snacks or to toss into a soup or meal plan. Learn ways to save calories and boost nutrition, such as putting Greek yogurt on your baked potato in place of sour cream.
- Living a healthy lifestyle means getting adequate sleep. Studies show that lack of sleep stimulates the production of the hunger hormone, Ghrelin, and reduces the amount of leptin, the satiety hormone, produced.
- Never skip a meal and include healthy snacks in your food plan. People who skip meals tend to over eat later in the day. Skipping meals also slows the metabolism, making it harder to lose weight.
- Don’t forget that what you drink makes a huge difference. If you’re drinking several colas a day, just switching to water can help you lose several pounds in a few weeks. Studies show that even diet cola can create visceral fat—belly fat—the unhealthiest type of fat.
- Eat mindfully. Chew your food longer and savor the flavor. It takes time for your body to receive the message of fullness. Chewing slower and eating mindfully allows it to do that and helps prevent overeating.
- Learn to deal with stress. Stress is a killer. Exercise is one stress buster that burns off the hormones of stress. Deep breathing, meditation and focusing on what’s really important help prevent it from getting out of hand.
- Remember, if you eat a slice of cake, or even the whole cake, one day, it’s not the end of the world, nor should it be the end of your program. Just resume eating healthy.