Healthy Lifestyle Strategies

Let’s look at some strategies that can make us more into the person we want to be. Someone who is healthy, wealthy, and wise!

There are three strategies you want to use when you decide to live a healthy lifestyle. They are to be Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.

Healthy
There is a wellness option for you to use when you decide that you want to live a healthy lifestyle. The body is programmed for wellness. Our job is to help maximize the body’s innate capability by supplying it with the basic nutrients it requires.

Balance and Commitment
We need to move from the disease name sickness model to the wellness model. To take more responsibility for our wellness is another wellness option.

Part of a healthy lifestyle is balance and moderation in everything. Seek to live a life that is balanced and moderate and you’ll eliminate problems that many people face in life!

Typically there is a time when most of us make resolutions and finally decide to get serious about our health and fitness level. Unfortunately, resolutions are much easier to make than they are to keep, and the sad fact is that most well-intended resolutions are long forgotten less than a month after making them.

Rather than making rash promises almost certain to result in frustration, a more reasonable, long-term approach will yield better results. Two important keys to such a program are balance and commitment.

Balance
Balance encompasses more than just a balanced diet; it refers to a completely balanced lifestyle where family, work, recreation, diet, exercise and all other activities, obligations and interests that make us who we are—integrated and honored.

Commitment
Commitment is that sense of determination that most healthy people choose to adopt to treat themselves and others well and to make choices that yield those long-term, positive results they long to see.

While we may not be able to bring total harmony into our life, we can achieve balanced nutrition as part of our healthy lifestyle. To that end, here are a few tips and product recommendations to help you realize your long-term health and fitness goals.

A good steady beat
A very important element in overall wellness is, of course, a strong, healthy heart.

Mind what you eat
Our overall good health also depends largely on our paying careful attention to what and how much we eat. But while the important elements of a good diet are widely recognized, they’re not always so easily incorporated into our hectic, 24/7 lives. However, there’s good news: nutrition, compared with other areas of our lives, can be more easily adjusted and controlled.

Of course that doesn’t mean that we’re always willing to do what we know is good for us. In fact, very few of us eat as nutritiously as we should for lasting wellness. Even with the best of intentions, few people eat the five to thirteen servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day that the USDA now recommends for supporting health. And when you consider that modern farming techniques have greatly reduced the nutritional value of many forms of produce as compared to their nutritional content of only a few decades ago, it seems as if getting the proper nutrition can be downright difficult.

Taking action
Once you’ve decided to supplement your diet with nutrients your body needs for optimal health, you will probably want to get even more visible results by toning and firming your muscles. Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles to achieving fitness is overcoming the temptation to do nothing at all. Excuses often come easy and taking action requires sacrifice, but long-term benefits make the effort more than worthwhile.

Prepare for success
Your first goal should be to develop a fitness routine that works with your current health and lifestyle. Attempting to go from a sedentary lifestyle to a rigorous workout is not only a recipe for failure, it’s downright dangerous. Be honest in your appraisal of your current condition and be patient in creating a program that will enable you to achieve your goal of improved fitness.

Diet
Healthy lifestyles also happen when you choose to eat properly. Everyone should enjoy a diet that is balanced with vegetables and fruits each day along with protein from meat or meat alternatives.

Don’t bother to count calories because you as the calorie-counter may get it wrong. In fact, expert calorie-counters get it wrong too!

Instead, go for portion control. Eat small portions and eat slowly. It may take 20 minutes before your stomach alerts your brain that you’re full. Most people gorge themselves until they feel full then 20 minutes later they feel over-full and bloated. Allow those signals to reach your brain without filling yourself up.

Water
Make sure you drink plenty of water. You should drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water each day. If you have trouble keeping track of how much water you drink, purchase a 2 liter water-bottle and refill it everyday. When the water is gone you’re done!

Water can help cool your core, increase digestion, eat less, and deliver essential vitamins and minerals to your body.

Also, you want to ensure that your water is alkaline and not acidic. We already have a highly acidic diet and we need alkaline water to counteract the acidity that leaches nutrients from our bones.

After drinking 2 liters of water in a day, you’ll be amazed at how good you feel. Commit to making this a habit.

Exercise
Another aspect of health that is important to your vitality is exercise. Most people dread this word! Who wants to do exercises! While it may feel nicer to drive around in your car or watch television and do those things now instead of exercise, you will pay for it years later.

Health and wellness practitioners suggest that you need to do 30 minutes of exercise each day. Sometimes it is difficult to find that time in our lives. Instead, make a goal to be up to 30 minutes of consecutive, dedicated exercise within six months. Make a smaller goal to be up to 15 minutes of consecutive, dedicated exercise within 3 months. And start this month with ten minutes of dedicated exercise.

It’s hard to find a half hour block of time to work out, but it’s easier to find ten minutes! In fact, if you were to review your day you’d find several ten minute segments that would have been ideal. For example, many people notice that they have ten minutes before their favorite show starts so why not exercise then instead of turning on the television and catching the last few minutes of the news?

Along with this ten minute workout, you should find ways to integrate healthy living into your life. When you go to the mall park far away and walk. When you get to work take the stairs instead of the elevator. When a friend calls you up for tea, suggest a walk instead. These things combined with your ten minute workout will start you on the course to a healthier life and it will help develop habits you’ll want to keep.

Wealthy
We could spend time talking about actual wealth but instead let’s talk about another kind of currency which is your self-esteem.

When you interact with people through the day it is a give and take transaction. They may hurl insults at you and shatter your self-esteem or they may compliment you and build up your self-esteem.

You can make choices to help you develop your self-esteem. There are many ways to help you feel better about yourself. Here are a few strategies to help.

Friends
Surround yourself with good friends. Get rid of stress in your life. You don’t need to spend time with people who continually bring you down. If someone does not make you feel good about yourself, they do not need to be a part of your life.

The moments of displeasure it will take to tell them that they are not longer a part of your life will pay you back in huge returns as your quality of life and self-esteem rises dramatically!

Wise
Your life is a work in progress. Part of what makes life so rich is with our experience. We don’t know what’s exactly around the corner. It’s easy to get stressed out because of the unexpected.

One of the wisest strategies you can do is to plan your time to manage your stress. This is a secret to managing your menopause but it’s also a valuable tool for anyone as well!

Plan Your Life!
Get a planner and use it for everything. Schedule time to talk on the phone, schedule the time you need to drive from one place to another, and schedule time for yourself. Don’t forget that the time you schedule for yourself is just as important as the time you’re expected to spend at work so don’t let it get eaten up with other things.

Set Goals
If you don’t have a goal you’ll never achieve success. Set goals and strive to attain them. Set goals that are not impossible to achieve. Goals can be in the area of work, home, relationship and personal development.

Set long-term goals (5 to 10 years away from today), set shorter-term goals (1 year from today) and set immediate goals (up to three months from today).

Constantly review your goals. Reward yourself when you achieve a goal. Have fun. Not everyone would say that having fun should be a part of being wise. But it is. Having fun helps you stay wise! Life is constantly fluctuating and it’s tough enough to keep up with the changes.

Having fun in life means that you can take life seriously and still laugh regardless of what happens. Having fun gives you a reality check you would otherwise not have if you took everything too seriously.

Having fun should include time alone or with family and close friends. Do something daring and different. Play games, get away for the weekend, and tell jokes. Integrate big smiles and laughter into your life every day and you’ll see a healthy confident life.

Part of material from (31 Mar 2011): http://www.bloggersbase.com/sports-and-fitness/healthy-lifestyle-strategies

 

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About BVG Janaka dasa das

The counsellor, trainer and lecturer of Balanced and Healthy lifestyle, body, art, music, trance etc philosophy, psychology and psychotherapy. The leader of personal development and team building groups and private practice of psychotherapy.
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