What is a healthy lifestyle?
There is a lot of debate about what is considered “healthy,” making this a contentious question.
Some believe in extreme discipline, others freedom, and most fall somewhere in between.
Today, we are going to add our two cents to this debate. We will share our thoughts on what makes a healthy lifestyle and give you 10 tips to achieve it.
First, we need to define what a healthy lifestyle is.
Health has three main characteristics:
A lifestyle is a way of living. It refers to the opinions, interests, and behaviors that encompass your life.
Coupling the two together, a healthy lifestyle is habitual actions and beliefs that support a state of health.
Here are 10 tips to help you live a healthy lifestyle.
Challenge yourself physically with exercise regularly. Exercise is beneficial for many reasons and is the base of support for characteristics 1 and 2.
To keep a sharp mind, challenge yourself with difficult problems, and continue to learn. If you are a fitness coach here are some books we recommend to challenge yourself.
Humans are social creatures. Get out there and interact with others, have difficult conversations, and question your own beliefs.
Our circadian rhythm, the body’s natural process that controls your energy regulation, thrives on consistency. When you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day you will have more consistent energy levels. Learn more about the circadian rhythm here.
Eat your meals at the same time every day. Just like your circadian rhythm, your digestive system likes routine. Eating at the same time will help you digest foods better and keep your energy levels consistent.
Repeat your challenges consistently to promote recovery and adaptation. Your body will then learn how to prepare for what is coming.
Nourish yourself with nutrition and recovery in a way that supports the three-part definition of health.
Eat foods that give you clear thoughts and enough energy for any physical activity. Get enough sleep so that you recover from your physical challenges and are well-rested enough to have great cognitive function. And don’t forget to drink enough water to stay well hydrated. Looking for more specifics? Get them here.
Get outside as much as possible. Connecting to nature can help relieve stress and most outdoor activities involve movement. Further, the fractal environment found in nature will give your eyes a much-needed break from our societies’ constant arbitrage of synthetic light.
You will not be able to challenge your abilities with exercise every day because your body needs time to recover. However, you can still aim to move every day. It can be as simple as a walk or bike ride. Daily movement is a pillar of a healthy lifestyle.
Create the right intentions around your healthy lifestyle. Live it for you. The right intentions will make it easier to be consistent and help you maintain these habits for a lifetime.
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