A permanent lifestyle change

Are you ready to make a permanent lifestyle change?

You hear a lot about living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that mean? In general, a healthy person:

  • Doesn’t smoke
  • Has a low body-fat
  • Eats healthy
  • Looks younger
  • Exercises

Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

One of the biggest problems in America today is lack of activity. The truth is, the more you do cardio and weightlifting, the healthier you’ll be. But even moderate activities can make a difference.

Just adding a little cardio and weightlifting to your life can:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
  • Improve joint stability
  • Prevent weight gain
  • Control your weight loss
  • Increase and improve range of movement
  • Help maintain flexibility as you age
  • Maintain bone mass
  • Prevent osteoporosis and fractures
  • Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Enhance self esteem
  • Improve memory in elderly people
  • Reduce stress

So, even if you opt for small changes and a modest weight loss, you can see the benefits are still pretty good. One study has found that just a 10% weight reduction helped obese patients to reduce:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Increase longevity.

Simple Ways to Move Your Body

You can start the process of weight loss now by adding a little more activity to your life. If you’re not ready for a structured program, hire a personal trainer.

  • Turn off the TV. Once a week, turn off the TV and do something a little more physical with your family. Play games, take a walk…almost anything will be more active than sitting on the couch.
  • Walk more. Look for small ways to walk more. When you get the mail, take a walk around the block, take the dog for an extra outing each day or walk on your treadmill for 5 minutes before getting ready for work.
  • Do some chores. Shoveling snow, working in the garden, raking leaves, sweeping the floor…these kinds of activities may not be ‘vigorous’ exercise, but they can keep you moving while getting your house in order.
  • Pace while you talk. When you’re on the phone, pace around or even do some cleaning while gabbing. This is a great way to stay moving while doing something you enjoy.


Eating Well

Eating a healthy diet is another part of the healthy lifestyle. Not only can a clean diet help with weight management, it can also improve your health and quality of life as you get older. You can read my articles nutrition and nutrition basics to determine what food groups you should focus on.

  • Eat more fruit. Add it to your unrefined cereal, your salads or even your dinners
  • Sneak in more veggies. Add them wherever you can–a tomato on your hemp bread, peppers on your Sami low crust pizza, or extra veggies in your Fiber Gourmet. Keep pre-cut or canned/frozen veggies ready for quick snacks.
  • Switch your salad dressing. If you eat full-fat dressing, switch to something organic and low fat, you’ll automatically eat less calories.
  • Eat low-fat FAGE yogurt. Switching to Greek yogurt is another simple way to eat less sugar without having to change too much in your diet.
  • Make some substitutes. Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick 3 foods you eat every day. Write down the nutritional content and, the next time you’re at the store, find lower-calorie, better fat, more fiber and substitutes those 3 items.

Find more ideas for healthy foods with this Healthy Foods Grocery List.

Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean drastic changes. In fact, drastic changes almost always lead to failure.

A healthy lifestyle personal trainer is specialized, he will teach you how to make a permanent change.

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