We're all wanting to live our best life in the healthiest ways possible, but sometimes there's so much information out there that it's hard to decide which route we'd like to take and follow. Well, I'm here to stay that it doesn't need to be hard! Sometimes all it takes is to make a few small simple changes to get you started!
1. Define Your Goals
What is it that you want to strive for? Without setting goals to achieve what you've set in your mind, there's not much room for a plan of action. Until you define what you truly want, you won't be able to move further than what you've only dreamed of. Write it down. Post it in your bathroom, kitchen, work place. ALWAYS keep your goals set right in front of you for that daily reminder that YOU ARE NOT going to stay stagnant in a life you don't want.
2. Follow People That Have What You Want
After defining your goals, seek out individuals that have what you want. Look at who you surround yourself with. After all, you become the 5 closest people that you surround yourself with. Do those people who you currently surround yourself with have what you want? If not, search for it. Would you rather get outside of your comfort zone and grow yourself or would you rather stay exactly where you are? The choice is really up to you.
3. Eat Seasonal Fruits & Veggies
When you eat seasonal, you can guarantee that you're getting more nutritional value than non-season fruits and veggies due to being less preserved and having a shorter transportation time. When you have to transport food further, preservatives are put in place to keep the food as fresh as possible. Although preservatives help get our food from one place to another, that doesn't necessarily mean it should be consumable for lack of a better term. Now, not only are you getting more nutritional value, but you're getting a better taste quality to the foods that you're purchasing, which in turn makes it WAY easier to eat if you already struggle to eat your fruits and veggies. Consuming seasonal foods also supports our daily nutritional value needed to maintain good quality bodily functions. Yes, I do believe that consuming vitamins help, but if you can help it, you're body should prefer consuming real foods.
According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended to exercise 3 times per week at 60 minutes a session or 4 times per week at 30 minutes per session to lower the risks of obesity and other things such as heart disease, strokes, depression, insomnia, several types of cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and more. When you exercise, endorphins and chemicals are released causing you to have a "feel good" sensation much compared to morphine, making you feel more positive. Exercise not only chemically changes your body, but gives you confidence and an overall sense of accomplishment.
The more you read, the more you grow and the more you grow the more you know: a phrase that should stick with you through the remaining of your years. When you read, you are chemically changing matter in your brain. You are restructuring your brain to gain more. When you read for just 10 minutes a day, you are improving more than you think. Reading for 10 minutes a day improves mental stimulation, stress reduction, knowledge, vocabulary, memory improvement, stronger analytic thinking skills, improves focus and comprehension, improves writing skills, & so much more. Being healthy doesn't necessarily mean making good food choices, but it means finding the balance in your overall mind, body, and spiritual functions. Reading can help you attain that balance. Instead of looking at social media in your free time, take the 10 minutes to work on you and decide to improve yourself. Do it for you!