10 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Committing to living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging, especially when you are faced with stress, distractions, and temptations on a daily basis. We have all cheated on a diet, skipped a workout or failed to get enough sleep; but there are a few simple things you can do that, if done consistently, will help you stay on track. While they may seem to be a matter of common sense, these simple things are often overlooked. Here are 9 tips to help you live a healthy life:
Drink plenty of water: It is suggested that we consume 8-10 glasses per day. This includes water from foods and other drinks we consume throughout the day. Water helps boost your metabolism, cleanses your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. A good tip is to drink a glass before eating. Sometimes we are not actually hungry but are dehydrated. A good way to know if you are properly hydrated and specifically how much water you should be drinking daily, consider CERULEAN Hydration testing.
Eat fresh fruits daily: It is best to eat them in between meals or before meals. If you eat them directly after a meal your body will store it away as unused energy.
Eat protein with every meal: Some excellent sources of protein would include fish, beans, meat, protein bars and protein shakes. Your body needs these proteins to help build and repair muscles. Protein increases the feeling of fullness when you are eating a meal, which overall can help decrease a number of calories you eat.
Foods to avoid: Anything processed, foods high in starch like potatoes, simple carbs like white bread, instant oatmeal which is full of artificial sugar, and yogurts that are marketed as “healthy” but are really filled with added sugar.
Start a regular exercise program: If you aren’t in the habit of exercising then start out slow and work your way up to something that is more strenuous. Choose something that you enjoy doing. If you enjoy the type of exercise your chances of continuing it over the long-term increase. Over time you should work your way up to 3 to 5 times a week for 30 minutes or more. You will be surprised at the extra energy it will give you and the improvement in your mood. Try to incorporate some weight training in your schedule in order to build muscle. Muscles tissue burns more calories, even at rest, than body fat.
Include raw vegetables into your daily diet: Nutritionists tell us that the darker the vegetable is the richer it is in nutrients. Concentrate on the ones that are dark green, dark purple and dark orange. These will give you the most benefits.
Eat smaller meals with snacks in between: Eating every two to three hours is optimal. This will assist you to increase your metabolism and that is essential to healthy weight control. If you wait until you actually feel hungry
Eat foods that are high in fiber: These foods will help you control cholesterol levels as well as giving you the feeling of feeling fuller
Raw nuts and seeds are a good source of essential fatty acids: You should limit the amount to about a handful. These fatty acids not only help us burn fat but also assure that we have healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Be consistent: Consistency is the glue that holds everything together. You will not see results overnight, it is important to be consistent with your healthy lifestyle.
These are some very simple things that can be done to improve your overall health. You will feel and look a lot better by knowing the basic ways to change or improve.
Bonus Tip: Consider incorporating Cryotherapy and Cellular Repair Therapy into your healthy lifestyle. At CERULEAN, we are committed to helping you stay consistent with your goals and to help you enhance and maximize your efforts.