The Dos and Don’ts of Enjoying a Healthy Lifestyle
Living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying doing it is easier than you may think. It honestly is not hard to maximize your health through your lifestyle mentally, physically, and spiritually without giving up on the parts of life you love.
Get Enough Quality Sleep
Unless you’re one of the few people on the planet who has a genetic predisposition to needing less sleep, you need to plan for getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep every single night. It will help if you schedule your day to fit in the things you need to do and the sleep you need to maintain health.
You really don’t need very much exercise to maintain health. Walking at a moderate pace of 150 minutes a week is really all you need. That isn’t very much in the scheme of things. If you have a sedentary job, try to go on a brisk, 10-minute walk at least every four hours of sitting.
Eat as much healthy food that is as close to nature as possible each day. Crowd your plate with veggies, whole grains, legumes, and other plant-based food. If you’re still hungry, you can still eat the other things you enjoy because food makes us happy.
Don’t Aim for Perfection
Learn about the 80/20 rule as much as you can and apply it to all areas of your life. You never have to be 100 percent perfect at anything you do, mostly because that’s impossible, but also because if you are 80 percent perfect, you’re going to experience most of the results anyway.
Don’t Isolate Yourself
For some people, living a healthy lifestyle is difficult due to temptations that are around. This can cause them to retreat into their own space for safety. The truth is you need people. If your healthy lifestyle is so hard to do that other people are not comfortable with it, maybe it’s not that healthy.
Don’t “Go Cold Turkey”
Anytime you’re trying to change your behavior habits, going “cold turkey” can be a mistake. Instead, chunk changes down into small incremental changes. For example, if you want to eat healthier, add healthy things instead of taking away unhealthy things. If you eat healthy food until you’re truly satisfied, you won’t be able to eat as much of the other things.
Don’t Diet Too Often
You’ve heard it many times that dieting is not good for you. You can call your eating plan a diet if you want; however, don’t focus on a specific diet too much. Rather, focus more on eating the healthy foods that you like at each meal and snack time. Plants and other whole foods are always healthy.
Enjoying a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to ensure you live joyfully life. Health and happiness do go together. It’s up to you to practice good eating habits and what you know to be true at least 80 percent of the time. This enables you to enjoy 100 percent of the benefits.