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Published on: 24-Jun-2021

We all want to look and feel better every day, but the endless choices we have to make each day make it harder to be the best version of ourselves. It might seem overwhelming, rest assured, we can break these lousy lifestyle habits just as easily as we made them.

Starting The Journey to Healthy Living

Living and staying healthy is not magic, but it involves constant and consistent daily decisions that we make to get there. Start by acknowledging that the process takes time and have a positive mind. Of course, the whole process is easier said than done, but there are simple steps that will help jumpstart your journey to healthy living.  

Identify Your Habits

The first step to start this process would be to identify repetitive patterns or triggers, more so the unhealthy habits. Then, you can build a positive, healthy practice that counters the unhealthy pattern.

Get a Supportive Group

This can either be among your circle of friends, family, or a healthy activity group, like a running club. You can also invite a friend along and help each other start the journey together. A sound support system helps you stay motivated, and you also get to learn new things which you can incorporate into your healthy routine. 

Set Reasonable Goals 

If you work around setting goals, it will be easier to take responsibility for each unhealthy choice you make. Also, don’t forget to record significant milestones that you have achieved, whether weekly or monthly or in whichever duration of time. This will help to keep you motivated.

Practice Patience

Always keep in mind that this is a gradual process, and it doesn’t need to be perfect. You can’t stop eating everything you used to do all at once. You may even slip back to some unhealthy habits at times, but the most important thing is staying focused on your goals. 

Try out as many routines as possible until you get to settle on what works best for you. With time, the results will be evident.

Reward Yourself

It will be in vain to go through the whole hustle and not reward yourself for significant milestones. However, rewarding yourself doesn’t mean slipping back to an unhealthy habit. Instead, you can opt to take a break after achieving a particular goal or take yourself for a treat or buy new workout gear to keep you going.

Lifestyle Habits You Can Pick Up

Start Your Day With Hydration

Water often seems like the most boring option to start your day. However, it is the best step that you will take towards healthy living. An early morning glass of water flushes away any waste from your gut system and helps balance your lymphatic system.

Also, based on your body weight, distribute your water intake throughout the day to prevent you from getting dehydrated. Then, when you feel like not taking water, add some sweeteners like chia seeds or other herbs to help you take more water.

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Breakfast is the first most important meal to help kickstart your day. It boosts your metabolism and prevents you from overeating later. In addition, people who eat breakfast tend to have a better day and practice better-eating habits. This is because they tend to keep you full over a more extended period. 

And during those morning hours, your body tends to filter most of the cholesterol and take in most of the beneficial vitamins and minerals needed by the body.

Develop a Healthy Meal Plan

A meal plan doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds. It only helps you improve on your diet, saves your pocket, and helps you achieve your goals much faster. A well-thought food plan will most likely lead you to make healthier choices instead of making unhealthy choices. A good meal plan will enable you to exercise portion control and eat the right foods at the correct times. 

Some of the healthy food choices include:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains like brown rice and oats
  • Protein foods like chicken, fish, etc.
  • Cooking with low-fat oils like olive oil, etc.
  • Avoiding a lot of sodium intake and sugar drinks
  • Dairy products with a low-fat content like soy milk

A healthy meal plan is beneficial to your health and fastens your recovery process after undergoing any serious reconstructive or cosmetic procedure. For example, if you underwent a procedure from a doctor specializing in hair transplant in NJ, developing a healthy meal plan will be crucial. It will help you recover faster and get your hair follicles growing stronger and healthier to produce healthier hair.  

Develop a Workout Routine

We can’t exhaust the many benefits that come with maintaining a great workout routine. It doesn’t have to be a strenuous routine, but it should be one that you enjoy. Stick to a workout routine that you will enjoy, as it also helps you build consistency. If possible, try and commit to a 30minute workout routine at least five times a week with breaks in between the week. However, always remember that you shouldn’t push yourself too much. 

You can start small with a 3-day routine as you increase the days gradually. When you begin to see the changes, it will be much easier to increase your workout time. Talk to a health specialist for guidance if you have any health concerns before engaging in any form of routine.

Develop a Good Sleeping Pattern

Getting enough sleep is as crucial as the rest of the things that are a part of healthy living. It is advisable to get an average of 8hours of sleep per day. A good night’s rest helps boost your memory, focus and have a good mood throughout the day. Getting enough sleep is also beneficial to your general well-being as it prevents heart diseases, regulates the body’s blood pressure, and helps maintain a healthy weight. 

At the end of it all, you are the final decision maker on embarking on this healthy living regime. So stay focused and commit to it, and eventually, you’ll see your life and health take a turn for the best.

About the Author:

Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.

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