Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is always a priority in everyone’s life, but sustaining it can be difficult. Whether it’s clearing up your skin, losing weight, feeling more energized, or simply sticking to a nutritional diet, many of us struggle to reach our goals. This has people looking for professional help through dieticians, personal trainers, Cryotherapy, Coolsculpting… there’s tons of options out there, but which ones are the best and easiest for your lifestyle?
Here’s 10 ways you can stay healthy, without breaking the bank;
10 Tips To Stay Healthy
1. Eating Well: The most important thing in keeping up your health, is also the most difficult: eating a nutritious meal. It’s easy to get swept away by all the delicious fats, sweets, carbs, and heavy meats that sway us from our fruits and veggies, but a balanced diet is key to a healthy life. Many people try to do a crash-course diet, jumping from your regular diet to a no-sugar no-caffeine no-carbs paleo-vegan-gluten-free extravaganza, without realizing it can do more harm than good. Jumping straight into the deep end can affect your energy, emotions, skin, and more. The best way to start eating healthy is to start slow, cutting out the less good week by week, allow yourself treats, and simply educate yourself on how food fuels you.
2. Quality Sleep: Emphasis on the QUALITY. You can sleep for ten hours, but if it’s not quality, it’s not beneficial! Try to stick to a regular sleep and wake schedule, to help you fall asleep faster. Make sure you’re wearing loose clothing, and keep the temperature around 60 degrees; keeping it chilly will help slow your heart rate for a deeper, more peaceful sleep.
3. Exercise: Regular exercise may seem like a massive hurdle, but it doesn’t have to be! Simple ideas to keep you moving despite your busy day or desk job is to just get up in the morning, mid-day, and before bed for some light stretching or yoga. If you can, take a brisk walk for lunch. This will help you stay energized throughout the day, and help you start exercising more vigorously with more enthusiasm.
4. Vices: From smoking, to drinking, to binging, often the things that make us feel better end up making us worse in the end. Try a one month detox from drinking, cut down on the cigarettes, and try to manage your feel-good-food intake. In the long run you’ll have more energy, and feel cleaner on the inside.
5. Emotions: Managing your emotions is a necessity for living a healthy life. Your emotional state directly affects your physicality. Stress can make you feel weighted, unsatisfied, and can lead to a variety of more serious problems such as weight-gain, depression, anxiety, acne, dehydration, bloat, aches, high blood pressure, sleep problems, and more. Give yourself moments of peace, whether it be from meditation, playing a game for a bit, or staring at the wall. Learn to make relaxation and mental-care a part of your day and you will see a wonderful increase in how you view the world, and deal with its issues.
6. Try Something New: The world is your oyster, and there are plenty of undiscovered pearls! One “Pearl” to try is Whole Body Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is the exposure to hyper-cooled air to lower your body temperature, and the benefits are endless! The exposure to extreme temperatures oxygenates your blood, improves circulation, aids acne, aches and pains, decreases inflammation, anxiety, stress, skin rashes, and can burn up to 800 calories for a nice metabolism boost! The best thing about Cryotherapy is that it’s time efficient; sessions are only three minutes! Everyone should have at least three minutes to give themselves a little R&R.
7. Get Out There: After a long hard day, all we want is to stay home with our favorite Netflix show. We need to remember though that sometimes the best thing for us, is the thing we don’t want. Try getting out more! Hiking, biking, even a walk. Meet up with friends or join Facebook groups to find fun events. Try out a new spa, make care packages, make art, just put yourself out there in the company of others and your mood is sure to improve.
8. Positive Affirmations: Being self-critical is one of the most common, and hardest habits to break. It’s easy to tell yourself it’s not worth it, that you’re not good enough, that it’ll never work out and it’s all hopeless. Guess what? You know in your heart, as I know, all those things we say to ourselves on a daily basis are wrong! Start patting yourself on the back for the little things, maybe you woke up early and got in a workout, maybe you made a healthy breakfast and lunch instead of eating out, maybe you wore your hair different, appreciate and praise the little wonderful things about yourself! Even if you snap at your Uber driver for taking a wrong turn, don’t let one bad moment drag down the rest of your day. Always remember that things can change.
9. Journaling: Journaling is a great way to not only keep track of the good and bad in a day, but also to track what and how things affect you. Try to keep a record of what you eat, what kind of exercise you do, and write how it makes you feel. It’ll become easier to solve your problems when you can physically look at a page to see what things make you sick, what makes you energized, what annoys you, what brings you joy. From there you can start to tweak the things that frequently effect you negatively, and start filling the journal with better things.
10. Stay Passionate: A trainer once told me, (and by told I mean he yelled) that “Motivation is BS” Everyone will tell you to try to stay motivated, but motivation is temporary. Motivation is an idea that at the moment seems great, so you want it. But the second it seems not great, or not worth it, the motivation is gone, there’s nothing left to keep you on the right track. The trick is to find what you really want out of life, out of yourself. What do you want your future self to look like? There’s no reason you can’t get to that future-form in some way or another. Become passionate about that future, become passionate about how great you’d like to feel. Passion will take you farther than motivation ever will. Just keep supporting yourself, tell yourself you can do it, and eventually, you will.