Our lives are made up of habits. Some good and some bad. If we can identify what these habits are and then work slowly on changing those bad habits then over the long run we will begin to notice big differences in our general wellbeing and health.
Daily habits, as you can imagine, play a huge role in our physical and mental health.
Many chronic diseases are caused by lifestyle issues. People tend not to exercise as much as they should, they allow themselves to become overweight, and they eat unhealthy foods that lead to things like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes.
The problem with lifestyle issues is that they are difficult to turn around. Many people try to change their lifestyle all at once, which is extremely difficult to accomplish. As a result, they often give up all of their healthy habits and resort to the usual negative habits that they had been doing before they attempted a healthy lifestyle overhaul.
Sometimes it just takes a few days or a few weeks of trying to live a healthy life before the individual becomes overwhelmed and stops. They stop exercising and go back to eating processed food and junk food.
This is why it is better to change your health habits one habit at a time so that you don’t become overwhelmed and stop trying to be healthy altogether.
Most weight loss programs work if they are done carefully and don’t deprive the individual too much. The same is true of exercise programs. If you choose an exercise that you really enjoy or increase your physical activity more gradually, you can usually stick to the program so that you don’t become discouraged and quit exercising altogether.
The trick to healthy living is to begin gradually and change your daily habits slowly. Don’t attempt any trendy diet or fitness fads. If you try these things you are likely to respond negatively and you won’t stick with the programs.
There are a few simple things you can do to live a happier and healthier life. Start with just these 5 changes in health habits:
- Try eating one healthy meal a day. Even if you eat processed foods most of the time, if you try to eat just one healthy meal each day, you will feed your body with good nutrition and healthy proteins. Healthy meals consist of mainly fruits and vegetables, supplemented with whole grain products, and lean meats.
- Drink a glass of water before each meal. Water is the best liquid you can drink. When you decide to drink a glass of water before meals you will feel fuller before eating, and you won’t eat as much at the meal.
- Be active during lunch. Even if you are given a half-hour to eat, it usually doesn’t take that long to eat your meals. Try eating your meals and then take some time to exercise. You don’t have to work out excessively but you should be able to take a brisk walk. Not only will this energize you but also it will help burn off the calories you just ate and will aid in the digestive process. If you normally eat at your desk or whilst on the computer try and switch off for a short period of time. Get up from your chair and go for a walk outside. maybe walk to buy your lunch and eat outside in the fresh air. Exercising during lunch also helps decrease the stress of your job and will make the rest of your day go easier.
- Try a Meal Replacement Bar. This involves eating a healthy protein bar as a snack instead of junk foods. Most meal replacement bars contain a lot of good nutrition. They are also not as calorie-rich as you would think. They help stave off hunger pangs that are so typical of the mid-afternoon slump.
- Exercise regularly. This will help energise you, build muscle mass, and will help you lose weight by burning off excess calories. The benefits of exercise are huge both physically and mentally.
We also discussed the importance of being aware of what you are putting in your body. Be mindful of what you are eating. Don’t just grab the first thing you see. Think about the consequences of your actions. One bad habit every day adds up over the week. A full fat latte coming in at 350 calories every day, as an afternoon treat, adds up over the week to 2450 calories. That’s almost an extra two whole days calories intake for an average female. You can imagine how this can add up over a month and a year.
It is quite often the simplest of things that can make the biggest difference.
Try and identify one or two bad habits that you have and see if you can make some small changes straight away.