All of us struggle with bad or unhealthy habits from time to time, it is nothing to be ashamed of. Challenge yourself to become healthier so that you can live the life you want. It’s worth changing your lifestyle to be healthier in 2021!
How Changing Lifestyle Can Make You Healthier?
It is easy to fall into a slump during these unprecedented times, and considering a change of lifestyle to be healthier is a common occurrence in such situations. Even in a “normal” world where everything should go as planned, we are hit with curveballs.
When we deal with unexpected setbacks in life we sometimes resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms like overeating, consuming mind-altering substances, or being sedentary for long periods of time due to anxiety and depression.
We will look at some ways to remove the negative triggers around you so that you can make some lasting changes that will affect you positively. The small choices that we make every day all lead up to big changes in the long run. It’s like doing a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle every day. Eventually, you will end up with a finished puzzle and you can set a new goal!
What Are the Major Lifestyle Changes To Be Healthier in 2021?
1. Dietary Changes That Are Easy To Incorporate
While it may not be feasible, or sustainable, to overhaul your daily meal plan (or lack thereof) there are a few small things that you can do that are easy to the add-in. Here are a few small ways to have a more health-conscious diet:
- Add in healthy foods. Even if you’re still eating a sandwich with potato chips at lunch, try adding an extra handful of lettuce to that sandwich.
- Make healthy eating easier by prepping your weekly meals on a weekend day.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
- Remove the negative triggers in your daily life. If you have a candy dish on your desk, remove it and put the candy in a cupboard where it’s out of sight. Try using a food-safe to keep your treats locked for a certain or indefinite amount of time.
- Take some basic vitamins. When you get enough vitamin D and calcium you help make your body a place where healthy interactions can happen. These are universal minerals for the body that everyone needs. Some sources of calcium and vitamin D include:
- Salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, and shrimp
- Egg yolks
- Beef liver
- Cod and fish liver oils
- Foods with added vitamin D, such as milk and some cereals, yogurts, and orange juice
2. Maintain A Healthy Weight
When you choose to manage your weight you set yourself up for having more energy and clarity of mind to live life to the fullest. Being physically active is key in this, along with following some of the nutrition suggestions above.
A healthy weight is not only about body shape or your looks, it helps you to stay present-minded. Meditation and mindfulness can also help you stay grounded at the moment. It puts life in perspective.
When you challenge yourself with fitness goals you are also teaching your brain that it’s fun and rewarding to meet your goals! While you work off stress through physical activity you are giving your heart and mind a way to let go of the weight of the day. Working out boosts your endorphins and helps you feel good so that you can cope with the pressure you may be experiencing.
3. Don’t Smoke
Smoking may feel good at the moment, but it can cause major issues down the line. Choosing to smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products presents the following health risks:
- Increased risk of stroke
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Development of lung cancer
- Damaged blood vessels
- Reduced blood flow to skin and legs
- Low birthweight
- Ectopic pregnancies
Quitting smoking reduces your health risks on all levels and can add years to your life. A better quality of life awaits you on the other side of the ashtray.
4. Plan With Goals
Whichever choices you decide to fit into your daily routine for a healthier lifestyle be sure that you make a plan. Plotting out your path to your health goals is one of the best ways to keep yourself accountable. There are going to be some times when a cupcake sounds better than carrot sticks for a snack and having a solid plan can keep you on track.
As we all deal with unexpected setbacks in life we can take comfort in some of these wise words about making a plan.
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” – Peter F. Drucker
5. Exercise Regularly
There is no alternative to regular physical activity. According to American Cancer Society guidelines, exercising regularly can help you lower the risk of numerous types of cancers. When you exercise regularly and stay active physically, it acts in a range of different ways to have an effect on the risk of cancer. Exercising physically on a regular basis helps you maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of any types of chronic diseases.
Changing lifestyle to be healthier is an admirable decision. Making viable changes is crucial and that means deciding to alter small things slowly. Large changes are hard to make last long term, and what you want in order to get the most benefits, is little and effective amendments to everyday actions.