Recently I was talking to some friends and they were talking about different smoothies and diets they were trying out. Some even said they will give up carbs entirely (which ended up failing). I find these diets are not good ideas, because even though they might help they are extremely hard to keep up and stick with it. So I personally think it is better to try to have a healthy life style that you try to achieve and keep up through out your whole life. I have been reading in to what is considered a healthy life style and what foods that should include and through out this process I have only found people that are extremely healthy eaters or vegans. Now being extremely healthy is all fine and dandy, I applaud you if you live your life like that. But really how realistic is it to never have a treat or never have some carbs? Not very realistic in my opinion. I certainly couldn't give up junk food entirely. So today I'm going to share with you my top 5 key tips to living a healthy life with everything in moderation.
1. Stay Active & Workout
- I try to workout at least 3 times a week. This can surely be a challenge with how busy life can get with school, work and having some what of a social life. However I try to squeeze in at least 10 minutes 3 times a week so that I don't quit.
- Instead of hitting the gym like most do I find it better, more fun and a lot more convenient to do online workouts at home. I have been using this website which I love, love, love. It has many different workouts of 10, 30, 40 or 60 mins. So no matter how little time you have you can squeeze a workout in. It is also very affordable at only $15 per month. http://www.barre3.com
- Yes it is really easy to go and grab a bag of potato chips or some ice cream whenever you're hungry but you have to use your will power and resist the temptation sometimes.
- I try to think about how I will feel after I eat this. If I eat a bag of chips or a bunch of candy I know my body will feel gross afterwards. I find this really helps.
3. Indulge sometimes
- I know this slightly contradicts my last statement about thinking before you eat but like I said earlier in this post everything in moderation.
- So if at the end of the week you feel really satisfied with how you've eaten & worked out go for a small treat.
- You have to remember that you can treat yourself in a small way, I'm not saying go an eat a whole chocolate cake or a whole bag of chips. But have a slice of cake, or a bowl of chips. A little reward for how well your eating has been going will keep you motivated.
4. Write it down
- I know this sounds funny but I like to write down every time I work out on a calendar. This is a little reminder of how much you have been working out and believe me you feel really proud when you look at it.
- This can also be a reminder if you haven't been working out that it's time to hit the gym or get out of your lazy slump again.
5. Celebrate the little achievements and don't focus on the number
- I know what you are thinking, super cheesy but it's true. Try to focus on how your body feels and how your body has changed. The feeling when you can have enough strength to do things you never used to be able to do is amazing.
- Celebrate every little achievement like when you finally fit in to your jeans from last summer or when you finally finished that super hard work out. Those are the little results that keep you going to see bigger and even better results in the future.
I hope this post has helped you a little in seeing that you don't have to workout everyday or eat kale to live a healthy life. Just remember it's about growing and learning what works for you and what doesn't in your life and for your lifestyle. Just remember stay motivated and don't give up!
Here is another chart that can help you out with key elements to a long, happy & healthy life!