What exactly is a healthy lifestyle? Is it a one-size fits all existence? I surely hope not. If being healthy means I have to eat broccoli and carrots, well, I don’t want anything to do with it.
So many people talk about doing cleanse diets, fad diets, and assorted other diets. They think that if they follow these short term, quick result plans they will magically be deemed “healthy.” Unfortunately, that isn’t reality.
These fad diets may help you lose a few pounds, but they won’t provide the long-term benefits of a nutritional, well-balanced diet. Your body won’t receive the nutrients it needs to be strong and to function well.
Likewise, you can’t expect the occasional exercise session to keep your body fit. Muscles need to be used regularly in order to retain their strength, flexibility, and tone.
The easiest way to be healthy and fit is to “act as if” you are healthy and fit.
It’s the old “fake it til you make it” strategy.
Acting as if you eat healthy foods, means those healthy choices may not be your preferred choice, but because you are acting as if you are a healthy eater, those are the foods you eat. That means fresh fruits, vegetables (as many as you can tolerate), lean proteins, and an appropriate level of carbohydrates.
You know the better food choices you could be making. You know which processed foods, sugary foods, and fatty foods do support a healthy lifestyle. The challenge comes in making the better choice.
But let me tell you a secret… once you’ve started eating healthier, you start to feel better physically and mentally. It’s amazing that you really can feel the difference! But the choice is always yours. You can fall for the fad diets and quick cleanses or you can start making healthy choices.
As far as exercise goes, over the course of a day you have many opportunities to strengthen your body. Time cannot be used as an excuse. Spend five minutes doing planks in the morning; take a 10-minute walk at lunchtime; or do squats or lunges while watching your favorite TV show in the evening.
Hopefully, if you are not currently enjoying a healthy and fit lifestyle, you will make a conscious choice to pursue one now. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming and high pressure. It doesn’t have to be expensive. just a series of simple choices, made
A healthy lifestyle is just a series of simple choices, made every day. It’s making your health a priority. It’s breaking bad habits and developing new ones. It’s celebrating the gift of your body and the promise of future good health.
Do you want to keep chasing the latest fads or do you want to enjoy a healthy and fit lifestyle? The choice is yours.
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