Eat right, exercise and get plenty of sleep.
These are the things everyone is supposed to do in order to live a healthy, happy life, according to everyone from government agencies to doctors to big-time television pundits.
Easy for them to say.
They don’t have to deal with all of the daily chores, activities and responsibilities you do. Between getting the kids off to school, making it to work, after-school activities and getting dinner done, you barely have time to relax, much less workout and worry about whether or not you’re getting enough vitamin D.
Luckily, there are things you can do to make wellness and fitness programs part of your life–without making yourself physically or emotionally sick in the process.
Here’s a look at five (relatively) easy ways to make wellness and fitness programs part of your life:
1. Set (obtainable) Goals
The first step towards making wellness and fitness programs part of your everyday life is to define what it is you want to accomplish and then set goals that are reasonable, sustainable and obtainable.
Sure, everyone would like to look like someone on the cover of Fitness Magazine, but not everyone needs to or should.
Instead, focus your goals on the things that matter most to you–being able to play with your kids or grandchildren, successfully managing a chronic illness or improving your overall quality of life, for example.
Once you have set obtainable goals, you’ll be ready to put a plan in place that can help you achieve them.
2. Plan your Work(out) and Work Your Plan
It’s amazing how simply putting some simple words on paper can add a little inspiration to your day. The second step in making wellness and fitness programs part of your daily routine is to create a workout plan.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, adults will see the best results if they engage in moderate-intensity aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes a week. You can also exercise vigorously for 75 minutes or do a combination of the two options.
What type of workout is right for you depends on several factors, including your age, abilities, overall health and goals.
The key is to create a workout plan that incorporates exercise that you find enjoyable, will make the time to do and won’t result in injuries (which could make it impossible for you to work out at all).
You may want to consult a health and wellness expert for help creating your plan.
3. Exercise Smart Eating Habits
It’s probably no coincidence that “diet” is a four-letter word. After all, many diet plans are all about denying you opportunities to eat the things you love.
There has got to be a better way, right?
Thankfully there is. By understanding your relationship with food and the reasons you sometimes make poor dietary decisions, you can create a weight management plan that allows you to shed those extra pounds–without feeling miserable.
At the end of the day (and at the beginning and middle of every day), eating right always comes down to making smart decisions about what and how much you eat.
An easy way to start exercising smart eating habits it to connect with a registered dietitian nutritionist.
See? It doesn’t have to be difficult!
If you’re ready to take the advice offered by all the experts and make wellness and fitness programs part of your daily life, connect with Derry Health & Wellness today.