The short answer is “yes”, but you probably need a little more than that. And, to clarify, adopting a healthy lifestyle doesn’t actually mean that you need to give up on relaxation or the occasional treat from time to time. Don’t delete Domino’s from your contact list just yet. You can still relax on the sofa and watch Netflix shows or eat a pizza at the weekend; it’s all about moderation. You just need to make sure that you consistently stick to a healthy living plan. When that happens, you can afford to enjoy occasional “unhealthy” treats without having to feel guilty about it. Take these following pointers on board to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
Adopt a consistent diet.
As mentioned in the introduction, consistency is the key to staying healthy. You’re not going to get a toned body if you only hit the gym once every few weeks. And you’re certainly not going to maintain a slim waistline if you try out a fad diet for a couple of weeks just to shed some weight quickly. You need to eat healthily on a consistent basis if you want to see long-term results. It might be a gradual process to get the physique you want, but you’ll be able to maintain that physique on a permanent basis.
You might want to try intermittent fasting if you struggle to avoid overeating. By giving yourself shorter time frames to eat during the day, you won’t get cravings so often. You’ll be able to train your body to stick to a regulated meal plan. But remember not to be too restrictive with your diet. You need to make sure you’re getting the sustenance you need from food containing protein, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, and so on. Remember, calories aren’t bad as long as they’re nutritious. Once you get your food cravings under control, you might find that you’re able to treat yourself to the occasional snack without overindulging.
Ease gradually into exercising.
That header probably made you happy, didn’t it? Getting stuck into an exercise routine can be hard if you lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle. The thought of pushing your body hard might sound daunting, but you don’t have to exercise strenuously in order to get the results you want. Obviously, you need to do a little more than walk to the fridge during ad breaks on TV, but you don’t need to destroy your body with a 4-hour gym workout. You might simply want to start going on 10-minute jogs around your park every day. Or perhaps you could join a local sports club if you need it to be a social activity. The regularity of exercise is more important than the extent to which you exercise. You might even want to set yourself challenges to stick to your routine; the beep test is a great way to improve your fitness levels. Do some research if you’re wondering how to pass the beep test. It’s an art, but you can master it.
Work on your mental health.
Your mental wellbeing has a big impact on your physical wellbeing. If you want to start living more healthily then you need to focus on your mental state. You need to start aiming to feel good every day. Obviously, this isn’t always possible (especially if you struggle from mental health issues such as stress or anxiety), but the point is that you need to find ways to gradually move in the right direction. Talking to friends and family can help, or you can talk to your dog if you prefer him or her to human beings. Improvements to your physical health (such as sleeping properly every night) can also have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing. It’s a two-way street.