Starting a healthy lifestyle does not have to hard if you take the right steps. Everyone always wants to wait for a new year, new month, or new week to start living a healthier lifestyle. The truth is you can start today, you can start right now. Your body goes through so much every day, don’t you think it deserves to be taken care of? Having a healthy lifestyle is not about how you look it is how you feel. People think you have to be skinny mini in order to be healthy, no all you have to do is to give your body what it needs. Here are some tips to help you get started on your healthy lifestyle now!
Set Realistic Goals
If you set yourself goals that are not realistic you’re going to end up giving up. Start small and from there challenge yourself every day to do more. If you have never worked out before don’t go to the gym for two hours, and do the same workout as someone who has been going for years. When you achieve your goals it makes you more motivated. I know when I accomplish something I just want to keep going. Start by drinking more water instead of juice or soda. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole foods instead of processed junk. Begin with small goals and move slowly to set bigger ones.
Eat Breakfast Every day
Breakfast is sooo important I can’t say that enough! How is your body suppose to perform and have energy if you’re not feeding it? I know a lot of people are not a big fan of cooking in the morning, so just make a quick smoothie. Add some greens, fruit, almond milk, and chia seeds. That is going to give you so many nutrients plus give you the energy to go through your day. Breakfast is so important because you have do not eat when your sleeping of course so it breaks that fasting period. Eating a nutritious breakfast promotes weight loss by maintaining blood glucose levels and your metabolism.
I believe that it is very important to start a healthy journey for yourself and no one else. You need to want to be healthy to feel and look good for you, not for others. With that being said having support from friends or family can really help. I know when I go to the gym with someone I go so much harder lol, call it my competitiveness but hey it works. If you live with someone ask them if they want to go shopping for new food. Look up healthy recipes and make them together. You can schedule to go to the gym with a friend a couple times a week. This way you are both committed to going and hanging out.
There is going to be days where you just do not feel like getting out of bed and want to eat junk food all day, which is okay we all get like that sometimes. But it is important to stay positive and remember why you started. If you start thinking this is not going to work most likely it’s not going to work. “Healthy mind, healthy body.” You have to be realistic do not try to lose all this weight in a short period of time. It takes a while to lose healthy weight and keep it off. Starving yourself is not the answer, and will actually make your body hold on to more fat. Remember this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. Be consistent and remember it will take a while to get where you want, and that is okay.
When I say reward yourself I am not saying go indulge in bad food or go days without being active. Of course, we will all have our off days but that should not be you rewarding yourself. Let’s say you set your goals to eat no processed foods for a month, do not say well I did it so now I can eat whatever I want. No, go buy yourself new workout clothes or that blender you have been wanting. Maybe you get a new bike, spa day, mani-pedi, or a nice water bottle. Reward yourself with things that are going to help/want you to keep going.