When it comes to how to be healthy, the first and foremost topic we need to touch upon is why you want to be healthy. That is the most important factor when it comes to creating a healthier you for the LONG term. Figuring out why you want to become healthier and creating a strong enough reason will allow you to succeed at a higher percentage than someone who really doesn’t know why they want to be healthy.
Some reasons that you can use or may already have in mind are:
- To live longer
- To have more energy to play with your kids
- To look better (lose weight)
- To cure or cope better with a disease or disorder
Whichever your reason is, finding a strong enough reason to do so will help you through the rough times where you may just want to throw in the towel!
So once you find your why, refer to our list of tactics and methods that will help you get healthier!
Slow and Steady
When it comes how to get healthy the main thing to keep in mind is to use moderation. Now it may sound cliché but adhering to this simple rule will provide you steady powerful results. So what this means is to just cut out one thing at a time or half of one thing at a time. For example if you eat a lot of sugar, just try to cut out 1/4 or 1/2 of the sugar you are consuming daily at first and try that for a month or two. Then do the same thing the next couple months.
Using moderation will allow you to both gain momentum, which will build and build allowing you to achieve WAY more in the long run and it will also give your body time to acclimate to the changes you are introducing. This will keep you from falling victim to going cold turkey on quitting a habit only to crave that habit so much that you go back to it tenfold.
When you are at the grocery store doing your shopping, make sure to look for foods that provide you with things like “half the normal amount of fat” or “50 percent less sugar”. They may not taste as good as the original product you are used to consuming, but it will help you cut out excess calories that can be adding to you being unhealthy.
You can even use this for things like fast food. If you have a double burger and fries, start getting a single burger and maybe eating 80 percent of the fries.
Your body is composed mostly of water, and needs the right amount to survive and thrive. Drinking more water WILL make you healthier as well as provide a satiating effect that can help you eat less if you are trying to lose excess weight. Shoot for half your weight in ounces each day and maybe 10 to 30 oz.’s more on the days you are exercising
If you like coffee or are willing to drink it, coffee is a form of diuretic that can keep you from overeating as well as provide many health benefits like better mental focus and better mood to decreasing your chances of getting dementia.
Staying positive can create a healthier you. It is easy to fall victim to negative thoughts about becoming healthier, because we as humans aren’t really programmed to create change easily in our lives, so we resist it. Replacing negative thoughts with more positives ones whenever they come up about your health changes will allow you to dominate your negative thoughts until the refuse to come up any more.
This also includes keeping an open mind as when we are open-minded we set our pride aside and are more open to positive change. Being open and not thinking we have the answers can help create an easier transition from being unhealthy to healthy.
Read and Educate Yourself
There is so much awesome material out there, free and material you pay for that can provide you with endless way to create a healthier you. But the main thing is to keep reading this material as the more you surround yourself with this pro-healthy material the more you are likely to engrain becoming more healthy in a subconscious level, which is where you will just automatically make better choices that will lead to a healthier life.
Sleeping 7-8 hours a day will allow you to feel more healthy as well as keep you from getting sick or getting run down. Deep nourishing sleep is the goal, which you can create a better nights sleep by practicing things like yoga and meditation which can lead to many health benefits as well like better focus and ability to deal with the challenges that life gives you.
Join a Gym
Not only will working out provide you with a healthier body, it can provide you with better confidence which comes with a better physical appearance as well as allow you to make like minded friends that can help motivate you to keep on your health and fitness goals.
This can even lead you to choosing to become a personal trainer on a part time or full time basis, which allows you to lead by example, which will allow you to not only be the walking image of a healthy person but will also allow you to teach and inspire others to do the same!
Skinny may not be healthy, so don’t fall into the illusion that one needs to be skinny to be healthy. Feed yourself with foods that are rich in nutrients and eat a balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. This will allow you to become healthy instead of just LOOK healthy.
If you use these tools and tips you will find that you will become healthier and they will be easier to integrate into your life on a daily basis as repetition brings long term results!