A healthy lifestyle is becoming more and more popular among people. It consists primarily of taking a healthy diet as well as making some physical activity. The key to success is above all regularity and good motivation, which are not easy for every one of us to achieve.
When to decide to try a healthy lifestyle?
The answer to the question when it is worth choosing a healthy lifestyle is very simple. Every time is a good one, regardless of our age, gender, health condition or duties that we have. We should think about changing our lifestyle, especially when we feel bad, we are stressed, we are overwhelmed with apathy and we have no desire to get out of the bed in the morning.
So where to start? It is worth realizing that we have everyday small choices which matter in improving the more overall quality of our lives. When we are going to change our lifestyle to a healthier one, we should give up unhealthy fast food and excessive sitting in front of the TV at first.
Initial changes are usually not difficult because they are usually accompanied by our enthusiasm. Most people start having problems with a healthy way of life when the initial enthusiasm drops. It is worth being prepared for such moments. Gaining enthusiasm and motivation at will is nearly the level of typical urban legend. If our nutrition change or decision to start jogging was made on the will of just good mood impulse, we will probably sooner or later give up these activities. We have the greatest chance of success when our decision is made based on rational arguments.
We can decide to change the diet to a healthier one because we care about maintaining good health until late years of life, some people make such decisions only when the disease appears. In both cases, we have serious reasons to try healthy habits. Those reasons will affect us even when the initial enthusiasm weakens. Just in case, however, it is worth regularly remembering what made us change our diet to a healthier one. We can keep a diary for this. A healthy lifestyle is based on making wise choices every day, so remember what our priorities are. Initially, the choices you make will require some energy and self-stubbornness from us. If we have eaten unhealthily so far, we haven’t done any physical activity, we have negative habits that should be changed.
How do you make good choices every day?
We should be aware that the number of choices we make every day is very limited. During the day we are faced with so many situations that it would be very difficult to make an optimal choice every time. For this reason, most of our behaviour is automated. We do not think every day before going to work on how to tie our shoes or how to arrive at our workplace. We usually tie the boots as usual and go to work the same way as usual. These are our habits - actions that we do without thinking about them. When we get out of bed, we do not wonder whether we should brush our teeth today or whether we can forgive ourselves.
This system works well as long as our habits make our lives easier, they are beneficial for us. Problems begin when habits start to hurt us. This is the case with unhealthy nutrition, for example. At some point, we stop wondering if we should buy an apple or a candy bar for lunch. We just buy a candy bar without thinking about it. Such habits lead to negative consequences such as obesity or diabetes.
If we want to make good choices, we need to change our habits. It is not easy, but it is absolutely possible. Changing habits requires us to focus our energy on activities that we performed automatically. We have to strain our will power and buy an apple this time, although we would prefer to eat sweets. Just remember that changing habits is a long process, and you have to give yourself some time, especially at the beginning of your healthy lifestyle way!