What are the first things that come to mind when you consider living a healthy lifestyle?
If you can’t understand how someone could get excited about monitoring what they eat or how much they exercise, you are not alone. A lot of people face a difficult decision. On the one hand, a health-focused lifestyle is a compelling objective. On the other hand, many are worried about depriving themselves of all the things they enjoy in life.
Do you postpone improving your lifestyle because you fear you will miss the things you love? Going on a diet forever for the sake of being healthy makes you wonder what the point of life is. It’s understandable. But, you are mistaken. Being healthy doesn’t mean depriving yourself of the things you love. It’s all about embracing a new approach to health.
Healthy recipes are easy to make
You may not be a fan of kale, but you don’t have to like a green kale smoothie to transform your diet for the better. You can carry on eating some of your favorite things in moderation. The ideal diet depends on your nutritional needs. Most people opt for a Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of healthy fish protein, nuts, and vegetables. It is a complete diet that doesn’t forbid anything.
The key is to focus on quantity – keep your portions small. Additionally, you should make sure to size your portions accordingly: Vegetables > protein > carb. In other words, you can have a large bowl of pasta on its own! But you can make some bread to accompany your tuna salad, for example. Making bread pouts you in charge of the process and the ingredients, so you know exactly what you’re eating. Besides, it only takes a few minutes to prepare your bread dough in a bag. In short, your meals don’t have to be limited. More importantly, it’ll be just as quick and tastier, preparing your healthy meal than ordering junk food deliveries.
You look for fitness motivation in the wrong place
Instagram is a place filled with fitness positivity. You only need to search for a few seconds to find plenty of fitness activists who promote healthy workouts and showcase their skills. But if you are new to the fitness world, it can be daunting to follow exercises that may not be suitable for your physical levels.
Instead, remember your childhood’s games when you followed sports champions and tried to copy their moves. Girls may have tried to copy famous gymnasts, while most boys imitated basketball and baseball players in their gardens. You practiced until you got the perfect move. In other words, your younger self wasn’t trying to become better than the master you admired. You were trying to become better than yourself. Stop comparing yourself to fitness instructors, and focus on improving your skills, mobility, and endurance. You’ll find the process much more rewarding.
Living in tune with your body
Healthy living isn’t about depriving your body of essential nutrition. It focuses on giving your body a voice and listening to it. Your body gives you plenty of signs about what it needs. So, it’s time to tune in and listen. Mindful eating, for instance, helps you identify emotional or environmental triggers that distract from your body’s reactions. If you are upset, you may intentionally reduce food portions and starve yourself. If you’re endorsed into a TV show, you may overeat without noticing it.
It boosts your mood
Contrary to common belief, junk food doesn’t make you feel happy. It fulfills a craving, but you are unlikely to experience prolonged happiness as a result. When you fancy a cheeseburger with fries, you may be doing your mood a disservice. However, healthy eating can be the answer you need. Indeed, neurotransmitters control your mood – among other things. The food you eat affects neurotransmitters and the signals they carry. Dopamine, the hormone that activates your sense of pleasure, responds positively to healthy proteins. Endorphins, which relieves depression, can get a boost from strawberries and spices.
Healthy people live longer
Everybody wants to live as long as possible. While there is a variety of factors that can affect your health in old age, maintaining an active lifestyle with a balanced diet can play a significant role. Investing in your healthy lifestyle today means you can enjoy your future for longer without losing either your mobility or dependence.
In conclusion, it’s time to address a cliché: Living a healthy life doesn’t have to be either dull or difficult. On the contrary, you can boost your mood with quick and easy recipes and a self-empowering workout attitude. Besides, mindful living prolongs your life-expectancy and independence. In short, forget the scary green smoothies and step counting, and embrace the fun side of health.