There are a wide variety of ways to improve your general health and fitness, no matter what age you are. The problem that most of us have with making the change to a healthier lifestyle is life. Yes life gets in the way! Convenience food and tasty snacks are more often than not the single most common reason for failure. But it doesn’t have to be that way! As long as you make the decision to improve your diet and general fitness RIGHT NOWand accept that there will be blips along the way (this doesn’t mean total failure and that you should stop moving towards your goals), you are in the perfect position to get started TODAY.
This transformation that you are starting today starts in one place; your mind. Your mind is the key and if you can stay motivated at the beginning, you will find that your new healthy mind will soon have a healthy body to match. Here are some tips for achieving a healthy body and a healthy mind.
A good diet doesn’t have to be perfect
Just because the new you is determined to achieve a healthy body, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the foods that you enjoy. There is only one catch; MODERATION. Treating yourself to a naughty meal or snack once or twice a month can be the best way to keep your mind motivated whilst not doing any real harm to your sustained diet.
Not surprisingly regular exercise is a very important factor for both your body and mind. Now I’m not suggesting you sign up for the next marathon, simple daily exercises can include cycling to work, walking instead of driving, playing sport, engaging in physical activities with your children. The possibilities are endless. All you need to do is make sure that you are pushing your physical boundaries each day.
Healthy you, healthy pocket
Buying convenience or fast food whilst at work or out and about can not only be bad for your body, it can also be extremely harmful to your wallet! Spending a little more on healthy alternatives at the supermarket and packing your own lunch can have a huge positive impact on your health and bank balance.
As you know by now, a healthy mind is the key to a healthy body. Stress can make a significant impact on your ability to embrace your new lifestyle. Assign specific time each day to relax and unwind also making sure that you get plenty of sleep has a substantial effect on mental health. Having some “down time” before bed perhaps reading or meditating is a great way to relax and preparing your mind for sleep.
Camping, hiking and other outdoor activities with friends and family are great ways to improve your fitness and catch up. Eating with your family away from the TV can do wonders for your mental health and help you reconnect with those that are most important to you.
As you can see, a healthy body and a healthy mind are made up of many factors, the key is figuring out what works best for you. By thinking actively about how you can improve these areas in your life, you will soon find a method that works best for you.
James Carrington lives in London, UK – and provides nutrition advice for sport and general health.