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The Steps It Really Takes To Get To A Healthy Lifestyle

The  Steps It Really Takes To Get To A Healthy Lifestyle

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When you look for information on getting healthy, what is it you’re really looking for? Do you want to know which exercises are going to help you get toned? Which food is best for helping you lose weight? Or are you looking for the steps you need to take to a healthier, happier lifestyle? If your answer is the latter, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to look at the steps more of us need to be taking to become a healthier person overall.

Where’s your motivation?

Finding out what your motivation is can be fairly simple. Getting in shape, eating better, having better health. There are a lot of reasons to want to make those big changes in your life. It can be hard to summon that motivation when you’re in the thick of it, however. For beginners, finding the motivation to actually start can be even harder. There’s no real trick to it, you just need to find what exactly is going to work for you. For some, taking pictures of their progress can do good. Even keeping a health journal about your exercise, diet, mood and more. Then when you’re actually working out, there are a few tools that can keep you going for longer. For some people, music can help them deal with the stresses on their body. For others, good company can be just the bit of competition needed to drive them on.

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The different kinds of exercise you need

It’s a good idea, of course, to have an idea of what exercises you’re getting the motivation to tackle, of course. For someone who isn’t very experienced with exercise, it can all seem like a blur. How do you know which ones you’re going to need? First, you need to start by figuring out your goals. There are four kinds of exercise that everyone should be getting involved in. Aerobic exercises, like running or swimming, get your heartrate up. They improve your heart function, breathing and help weight loss. Strength exercises build muscle in specifically targeted groups. Balance exercise helps you keep balance and posture. Flexibility exercises, like yoga, improve your range of motion. You should be working on all of these, but your goals will help you prioritize which are more important.

Wholefoods are the key

Of course, the other side of the coin is taking a closer look at your diet. It’s not just about eating less. Rather, depending on what your goal is, you might need to eat more than usual. It’s all about the nutrition you get from the food. If that nutrition is your goal, then you need to get it through wholefoods. Processed foods tend to eliminate a good deal of an ingredient’s nutritional value. Often replacing it with salt or unhealthy fats.

The doctor needs to be involved

You can’t talk about your health without getting some sort of expert involved. You need to start changing your whole outlook of what role a doctor is supposed to play in your life. They’re there in case something goes wrong, yes. But they can also be a very valuable resource in helping things go right. For example, in changes to your diet and nutrition, you should always consult them. They can help you define what exactly your health goals should be, not just what you think they should be. Do you suffer from any pre-existing health conditions? Then it’s important to get their advice before you start exercises or diets, too. Treat your doctor like an advisor.

Find exercise you enjoy

The things we’ve mentioned so far might sound like a chore. Make no mistake, getting healthy involves a bit of a struggle. Especially if you’re not used to make those kind of lifestyle changes. But it doesn’t have to all be a struggle. Instead, you should look to actively find ways of making those changes more enjoyable. For example, in terms of fitness, find the kind of exercise that fits your passions and personality. Get involved in a sport, get a bike, go for hikes. Take it out of the usual gym setting and it might feel less like exercise and more like play. The same goes for your diet. Keep an eye out for tastier ways to reach the food goals you’ve set yourself.

Recovery matters

There’s one aspect that far too many people neglect to take seriously. We’re talking about the recovery that comes afterwards. Neglecting your recovery can lead to pain, injury and negating all your hard work. Back pain can be a serious enemy to those who don’t pay attention to their recovery. First, listen to your body when working. We know the saying ‘no pain, no gain’, but that doesn’t mean pushing yourself even further. Make sure you do cool down workouts and stretch before and after. With your diet, your post-workout food should contain a healthy dose of potassium. Bananas are the most common source of this for a lot of fitness buffs but there are plenty of other sources. Www.everydayhealth.com and similar sites have lots of information on how you can get your fill.

Why sleep is so important

The part of the recovery process that is so important it deserves its own point is sleep. If you have too little or too much, it can do serious harm to your health-building efforts. Sleep controls your diet, for one. If you don’t sleep enough, you’re less likely to lose weight. Lack of sleep even makes you crave more food. The key is to make sure you’re getting between seven and nine hours sleep. To wake up feeling particularly rested, you should also pay attention to your sleep cycles. Use sites like www.sleepyti.me to find out when exactly you should be waking up.

Where do supplements fit in?

If you talk to an experienced fitness buff, they’re likely to tell you about the importance of this supplement and that. It’s not just protein shakes and meal replacement, either. We all have a finite amount of food we can eat and certain nutritional quotas we want to hit with that food. It’s not always possible to get all the nutrition you need from just eating. Which means you might need to take vitamins on top of your diet. However, you shouldn’t go taking them without a bit of consideration, first. Make sure that your diet and your fitness regime make taking them a sensible move. For example, don’t take protein if you’re not going to be doing strength exercises. Regardless of what you take, it’s a good idea to check with the doctor, as we’ve mentioned.

The role of stress

Stress and lack of exercise have something of a cyclical relationship. The more stressed you are, the harder it can be to get the motivation to exercise. The less you exercise, the more stressed you can get. This is because getting fit has an active role in reducing and suppressing cortisol, the stress hormone. As does a good night’s sleep. There are lots of other ways to fight the stress that could be getting in the way of developing a healthier lifestyle, too. Relaxation techniques can help you gain some distance from that stress. To compartmentalize it can take a different perspective. Look into techniques like meditation, aromatherapy or just talking to someone. You never know which one will click with you.

 Fight those habits

Whether it’s stress, weight loss, nutrition or anything else, our modern habits sure can play a damaging role in them. One of the keys to reducing stress, for example, is cutting the cigarettes and alcohol. If you indulge in these habits more than irregularly, it may be time to cut them from your life entirely. For one, it can be a good idea to find a replacement. Sites like www.vaporescence.com make it easier to quit smoking than ever. You’re never going to get the healthy lifestyle you want so long as you’re chaining yourself down with those addictive behaviors.

About self-confidence

We know that, for a lot of people, confidence is the main motivator behind a positive life-change. It’s important to be confident, too. But there’s no one way to get self-confident. Instead, it’s about making changes in perception and yourself that make it easier to feel it. For one, you should stop measuring success by the scale. Measure success instead by the steps you take towards better health. Don’t let a step backwards knock you down and take the wind from your sails. At the same time, it can be an important step to tackle the things that make you feel less self-confident. For example, for a lot of people, it may be their teeth or skin. Take proactive steps in skincare and visit the dentist to start making moves that help you feel better about yourself.

We know, it’s a lot to take in. There are some parts of advice you might need more than others. But hopefully we’ve helped you spot a few ways you could be changing your life for the better.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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