Nutrition and fitness are two things that everyone seems to be talking about these days. Whether it is your co-worker trying a new 7-day cleanse, your best friend signing up for the latest half marathon or your mother eating strictly organic foods and taking healthy cooking classes, you are likely discussing diet strategies and health and wellness tips on a weekly basis.
So in the midst of all of this nutrition and fitness talk, how do you know what is right for you? Though it might not seem that way when talking to other people, trying every new fad that comes along isn’t necessarily the best way to ensure that you are living a healthy lifestyle. The key to good nutrition and fitness is being consistent and making sure you are getting all your vitamins. What works for one person may not work for you, it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you (or them) it just means you need to find the happy medium for your body and lifestyle.
For instance, some diets will help with healthy weight loss while others will help with building muscle. Which route you take will ultimately be determined by what your personal goals are. Do you want to shed a few pounds and tone up specific parts of your body? Do you hope to start making healthier meals so that you can feed your family more “real” food and less processed food? Do you need to lose weight due to medical reasons? These are just some of the questions you will need to find answers to so you can create a healthy living plan that will help you get the results you want.
Whether you are looking to lose weight, exercise more or just start eating better, we do have five health and wellness tips that we think everyone can benefit from.
- Exercise your heart by practicing some form of cardiovascular exercise at least four times a week for 20-30 minutes at a time (that means running, swimming, biking, etc.).
- Get your family or friends to participate with you. When you have a built-in support system, you are more likely to be successful and stick to making healthy choices because you have other people holding you accountable for your actions.
- Make sure to get enough sleep! Yes 8 hours is the recommendation for limiting weight gain and yes, we do know that that is easier said than done. But the key is to try and get as close to that marker as possible.
- Identify the stress-makers in your life and work on creating steps to reduce or eliminate them.
- Set short and long-term goals for yourself. The key to being successful in anything is recognizing that it takes hard work and dedication. Living healthy isn’t something that can just happen overnight, but if you take the small steps needed, you will ultimately reach the long-term goals that you have for yourself.