Many of us make the promise to ourselves that we’re going to live a healthier lifestyle. That we want to give up bad habits or get fit.
Our end goals may differ. We might want to be fit enough to run a marathon, or to get down to a healthier weight. We might just be sick of all the ‘unknowns’ that are present in food and want to make a conscious effort to eating clean.
Whatever your reason, there are three factors that determine how to really live a healthy lifestyle; check them out below.
Get the Right Diet
Eating the right diet does not mean starting yourself. It’s having a good understanding of what food comprises of and making sure you eat a healthy balance everyday. If you have a weight loss or muscle gain goal in mind, this is a good time to understand how macronutrient ratios work.
Your macronutrient ratio will determine what percentage of fats, carbs and proteins your diet will comprise of to obtain a specific goal.
For example, if you are very slim and are looking to create muscle, along with a healthy exercise program your macronutrient ratio should be: 40-60% carb’s, 25-35% protein, and 15-25% fat.
Conversely, if you are looking to lose weight, then along with your exercise regime, your macronutrient ratio should be: 10-30% carb’s, 40-50% protein, and 30-40% fat.
If you’re happy with your weight and body size then your macronutrient ratio will be designed to maintain this: 30-50% carb’s, 25-35% protein, and 25-30% fat.
Knowing this and making a conscious effort to understand how your food is made up is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Too many people get caught up on calorie counting and move to low fat products. Not only does this not work but because of the flavourless nature of low fat foods, chemicals and sweeteners are often added to enhance your taste.
A healthy diet really means knowing where your food comes from, knowing the balance of food your body needs to achieve a certain goal, and knowing how to keep control of your portions.
Get Enough Exercise
It’s only in the last few decades that the rates of exercise we do has severely fallen. Because of the lack of necessity, fitness and exercise are now seen as hobbies. This has led to an endemic of obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.
Exercise should still be seen as a necessity. We need it not only to keep our bodies healthy, but our mind and soul too. Regular exercise is essential in good mental health and spiritual development.
This doesn’t mean that you need to hate doing it, far from it. The fact of the matter is that there is some kind of physical activity out there that you’ll enjoy. If you’re happier in the company of others, then find a sport that interests you and join a team.
If you prefer your own company, then run, jog, swim, lift etc. If you find it difficult to do anything to intense initially then start with gentle exercises such as swimming, cycling or yoga. There are so many options and it’s essential to do at least 30 minutes of exercises, 3 days a week.
The biggest reason that people fail to make the transition to a healthy lifestyle, is a lack of commitment. This isn’t just a hobby you can pick up and drop, it’s a complete change of lifestyle. However, it’s not going to detract from any area of your life, it’s just going to make them better.
Imagine a life where you know that everything you put in your body is healthy and sourced in the most ethical manners possible. Imagine a day where you’re completely full of energy from waking (earlier) until going to sleep again in the evening.
The feeling of a healthy body, mind and soul is unlike anything else and we need this sense of ‘purity’ to evolve on our spiritual paths.
Remember that nothing worth having comes easy, but just because it’s difficult to adjust at the beginning doesn’t mean it will always be. In fact, people’s rate of advancement astonishes them. Even after a few weeks you’ll be amazed at how much more you can do to when you first started.
You simply have to make the decision to change. Then stick with it and enjoy the many benefits that come with living a healthy lifestyle.