A healthy lifestyle. It’s a very vague term for such a broad meaning, isn’t it? I am a firm believer that you can always be working to improve your overall health. It’s not about perfection, it’s about improvement as you continue to make small changes that will improve your quality of life. Be open-minded do something that can take you to that next step because you have the potential to create whatever type of healthy life you want for yourself.
LIVING A SUSTAINABLE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
WHAT IS IT
We are all unique (if you could have a nickel for every time you heard that one 😉). We all have different genetics, we all have different environments, and we all have different beliefs. That being said, what a healthy lifestyle looks like for one might look different for somebody else. I want you to keep that in mind with everything you learn from me whether it’s movement, awareness or nutrition. Take what resonates best with you and what you can start implementing into your lifestyle today.
HOW TO DO IT
For starters, you have to have the right mindset. Making it very clear in your head that you are starting this journey for lifelong health. It’s learning techniques, information and habits to help you feel better + more energized throughout your day. Believe in that.
The two biggies that come up when talking about a healthy lifestyle are movement and nutrition.
On the movement side of things, just start by moving every day. I don’t mean you have to go to the gym every day, but start being more aware of how you are moving throughout your day and how you can make it more effective. Work on your posture as you are walking to your car, squat the next time you pick something up off the ground or have your core engaged while you are sitting at your desk. There are endless ways to engage + move your body throughout your day to start picking up on these lifelong habits.
Now for nutrition… I don’t want you to throw the word ‘diet’ around when you start to think about nutrition because it’s not sustainable or effective. I want you to start looking at food as medicine for your body because healthy foods do so much for our body! But, keep in mind that healthy food for your body, might not be the healthiest food for someone else’s body.
HOW TO SUSTAIN IT
With all these varying degrees that factor into all of this when we start to talk about health. Which is why I want to talk about sustainability. Sustainability is about making changes to a point where you can continue to achieve it. It doesn’t matter what you used to do or what you are doing now that is “unhealthy”, know that you have the power to change those habits. Look at what is realistic to accomplish for you + your life and start doing that today.
I’m not a believer in a quick fix. That is why I want to get this sustainability message across because changes can be made, but they are going to take time.
HOW TO MIX IT UP
Remain open-minded as you go along this healthy lifestyle journey. Experiment with new types of movement, foods or mindfulness practices because sometimes you don’t know if something works well for your body until you try it. This also pertains to if you were told years ago that something wasn’t “healthy” for your body. Your body is a different body today than it was however many years ago, so maybe it’s worth trying again and seeing how you feel. Again, everyone’s body is different, that is where listening to your body becomes extremely important.
HOW TO ALLOW
The word 'allow' changes something in your body when looking at lifelong health. Instead of thinking to yourself, “I need to get this workout in,” or, “I have to eat this salad.” Think of it as, “I’m allowing myself to workout today,” or, “I’m allowing myself to enjoy this salad.” With this mindset shift, also allow yourself to invest more time into you! Whether it's allowing yourself to run errands alone, to try that exercise class that caught your eye, or to listen to that podcast you thought looked interesting! Allowing yourself to do certain things that benefit you can play a huge role in how you set yourself up for success when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle.
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The material contained within is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before beginning a new regiment or purchasing any product(s).
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