The last post in the Live Lighter’s Health Made Easy Series revealed the secret to making healthy living easy . This post shares with you some suggestions which apply this secret approach to health. They will help you make your healthy choices a regular part of your new healthy lifestyle:
- Take it easy on yourself! If your goal is to be healthy, then there’s no pressure. You don’t have to push yourself to lose weight or fit into that size 6 dress that’s been hanging in the closet for 3 years. Go at your own pace and don’t get discouraged. Keep trying and have faith that you will get where you want to in your own good time.
- Enjoy whatever you do. You know the basics: your body needs to avoid poisons whenever possible and have an optimal amount of good quality fuel, sleep, relaxation, water, air, and social and physical activity. Take this knowledge and do whatever you need to do to make the healthiest choice possible that will still give you pleasure. By doing this, you won’t be making sacrifices to make healthy living a habit.
- Baby Steps. Change is difficult for many people and the transition stage is fragile at best. You’re going against instinct at this point and resistance is natural. People find excuses NOT to change, even though logically they know something needs to change. Set low goals to accomplish and with every success, both your habituation and self-confidence get stronger and it becomes easier to surpass the next level.
- Only YOU know your limitations. While you want to be open to reaching your full potential, everyone has real physical limitations. Pushing yourself past these limitations will not only hurt you physically, they will shatter your self-confidence, too. In the long run, I believe going easy on yourself for the first while is more important than meeting your long-term goals.
- Keep an open mind when others suggest your potential is greater than you think. Many people benefit from a personal trainer because almost everyone underestimates their capabilities. “If you think you can’t, you won’t.” So allow others to challenge your current beliefs so that you can overcome those ideas about yourself – the ones that may be holding you back from reaching your goals.
- Cheat a little. If you’ve made ½ an hour of daily exercise a goal for yourself, consider counting some of your daily activities towards that goal. For instance, laundry and cleaning are extremely physical, as well as the 10 minute walk to the subway station and the stairs you decide to take rather than the escalator. When you’re ready for it, you can make these activities more of a challenge by applying these 7 tips to making the most out of your workout time .
- Be good to your body. You know what makes you feel bad. For me, it’s drinking too much, overeating, smoking, not getting enough sleep, certain processed foods…actually there’s quite a list. In any case, I continue to learn what my body needs so that I can live a vibrant and full life so that my life can run more smoothly on a regular basis.
I hope these 7 tips to easy health are as helpful to you in developing your healthy living practices as they were for me. They are fairly general so you can try them out on all your healthy living choices.
Stay tuned in the next few days for the last post in the Health Made Easy Series for 15 practical and easy health tips.