It’s the new year, and you are looking for a way to improve your overall health. Many people start the new year resolved to get in better shape and live a more healthy life. Unfortunately, most of us either forget those resolutions or have a difficult time sticking with them more than a month or two.
Those who are most successful at sticking to a new healthy routine are those who can gradually introduce healthy changes into your overall lifestyle. When small, incremental changes are implemented, they often become habits over time. When these are strong actions, they become healthy habits.
One of the best strategies for creating healthy habits is to create a food journal. Creating a list of how and what you eat can help determine where you need to make improvements. The food journal must track everything you put in your mouth, no matter how small or how often.
Another good healthy living habit is to eat regular meals every day. Some people believe they must cut calories to lose weight or be healthy and they do this by skipping meals. This is not a good idea. It is much healthier to eat several small meals a day.
Research indicates that people lose the most weight when they are eating four to six small meals daily. These meals should contain a balance of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy, fats. It is also a good idea to include some complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and beans.
Both of these healthy habits should be supported by regular exercise. Everyone should use to stay healthy. Even those who are not overweight should get some regular exercise. As we age, many of us tend to get more sedentary. Keeping fit and active are essential to a healthier lifestyle. Staying fit can help prevent chronic diseases and weight gain. The exercise does not have to be aggressive. Even walking ten to fifteen minutes three times a day can provide health benefits that will last a lifetime.
If you begin following these healthy tips today, you will soon notice an improvement in your overall health. There is no need to do everything at once. Start by journaling what you eat, so you know where you need to improve. Gradually begin eating four to six small meals a day instead of three heavy meals. Also, start exercising and gradually build up how often and how long you exercise. Before you know it, you’ll feel and look better.