Health is important. Check these 4 tips for a sustainable, healthy lifestyle that will help you improve your well-being.
Without health there’s very little we can do.
You probably have read many times that a healthy lifestyle improves your well-being.
But what is this so-called “healthy lifestyle”? How can you achieve it?
The Lifestyle of Top-Level Athletes
Most of our role models are athletes.
They live under strict regimens all year round.
In addition to endless hours of training, their diet is followed up carefully.
In-season, they work out to improve their performance. During the off-season, they nurture the body and get ready for the competitions to come.
Depending on your sport of choice, I am sure you admire and feel inspired by their performance.
But no matter how much it all motivates you:
- How can you put in place such a lifestyle in your routine?
- Even if you are not interested in competing, how can you improve your fitness level within your possibilities?
The Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle
It is true that a healthy lifestyle is not 100% guarantee of a life illness-free.
Conditions develop outside our control just like many other things in life. But this should not be an excuse to leave your well-being entirely in the hands of fate.
Health is many times taken for granted.
Most of us only realize its importance when struggling with it.
Food has assumed the position of a hobby.
We do not choose our ingredients based on their qualities and nutrients. It has become more a matter of looks, status, and taste.
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The Sustainable Healthy Lifestyle
In my search for an optimal intake, I have tried a little bit of everything, and it proved to be a useful experience.
I discovered new approaches and learned different methods that I could combine to be able to create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle I could maintain and enjoy.
Here is how I did it and so can you:
- Understand your needs
- Remember that healthy can be tasty
- Move according to your preference and availability
- Take one step a time and enjoy it
Understand your needs
When you buy a book with the latest and coolest diet on the market, you are getting a one-size-fits-all solution.
It might work for you. Or maybe not.
The key is understanding how your lifestyle and genetic blueprint fit in the proposed solution.
Because most of the no-brainer diets focus exclusively on how much you weight, you may be forced into an extreme caloric deficit.
If you work (it includes household tasks) and have some physical activity, you cannot live out of one apple for lunch.
To create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, you must be able to be consistent with your intake at all times.
Remember that healthy can be tasty
I used to hate my diet in the last weeks before a contest.
Every day, I joined my colleagues for lunch, and I felt like crying.
I was sick and tired of all that fish (I developed a love and hate relationship with tilapia) and chicken without much taste.
Once at the gym while doing shoulder press, I started saying mantras like: “I want French fries.” “I want French fries with mayonnaise.” “I want French fries with LOTS of mayonnaise.”
Everyone knew I had to be on stage soon.
What I did not know at that time is how tasty food is better for the body.
And it isn’t only because it’s delicious, but it digests better too.
The saliva produced at the sight of a well-prepared meal supports its digestion. It facilitates the work in the stomach thanks to its acids.
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So the next time you plan a nutritious dish, make sure it is also good for the eyes and the nose.
Move according to your preference and availability
I am not going to lie to you: I love CrossFit.
But during recovery, I was not able to practice it.
So, did it mean I was always sitting around the whole day long? Not at all!
If I cannot run, I go for a walk.
Yoga works wonders for flexibility and balance.
If you only have a couple of minutes in the morning before getting ready to work, a 10-minute session in pajamas is better than nothing.
Take one step a time and enjoy it!
Have in mind that any of the changes you decide to put in place are meant to improve your life.
Relax and enjoy every single step your take.
Some days will be better than others, and it is OK. Life happens, and we deal with it the best way we can.
That is why you need to be realistic about your goals.
Each person is different, and you should not force yourself into a regimen you are not comfortable with.
Your sustainable, healthy lifestyle may not lead you to a 12-week transformation, but you’ll feel better every day, without stress.
Listen to your body and make adjustments whenever necessary.
And remember to consult your health-care provider before starting any physical activity.
Before you go
Can you answer the following question in the comments below, please?
What lifestyle improvement you find the hardest to stick to?