When you break your diet or get stuck in a rut with your health, it can be so difficult to make a change for the better. So much of your time and energy is already focused on other aspects of your life: family, work, friends, hobbies.
It often feels like you have to sacrifice other aspects of your life to make your health a priority. While that might be the case in some situations, it doesn’t always have to be that way.
Maybe you haven’t started off the year the way you planned to, or you never got around to making a health plan for 2020 in the first place. That’s ok.
It’s never too late to make changes for the better. It’s still possible to kickstart your health with simple steps you can incorporate into your busy schedule.
Let’s take a look at four easy steps you can take to get back on the fast track to achieving your health goals for this year and the years to come.
What better way to kickstart your health than by starting a detox?
If you've been stuck in a rut for a while, a detox is essential to getting your health back on track. Even if it hasn't been that long, a detox is the perfect way to reset your body so you can build a proper diet foundation.
Your body naturally flushes out impurities, with the liver leading the charge to eliminate any and all toxins. However, unhealthy lifestyles can compromise your body's ability to filter impurities and your health can suffer as a result. A detox is a great way to reset your body and restore the natural cleansing process.
Every aspect of a detox works together to get your body back on track. Fasting helps by resting the organs, while the detox itself stimulates the necessary pathways to ensure toxins are eliminated from your body. Consuming vital nutrients then helps "refuel" the body, so to speak.
An often overlooked aspect of detoxes is ensuring your body is getting what it needs. Protein and fiber are essential to a proper detox, but many people don’t realize that.
Detoxes provoke thoughts of water, fruits, and vegetables, but the main goal of a detox is to activate your body's detoxification pathways. This can't be done without amino acids from proteins, which pair with toxins and then carry them out of the body. Fiber, on the other hand, helps with the final step of a detox: elimination.
If you’ve never completed a detox before, start by checking out our blog: The Top 5 Things to Know When Starting a Detox.
Increased physical activity is always going to be beneficial to your health, and it’s a great way to give your body a boost as you begin a new health journey.
You don’t have to work out like crazy or change your whole lifestyle, but picking up the pace is definitely good for your body. Any type of cardiovascular exercise will stimulate your metabolism, helps your body burn excess calories, and it can even help suppress your appetite.
Investing more time in exercise will generate a bigger return, but don’t let that dissuade you. Low-intensity cardio, like walking, will actually help your body become better at using fat as a fuel source.
As long as you’re able to create a foundation to build on and you focus on what works for you and your schedule, you’ll see a difference over time and you’ll be happier as a result.
We all have our vices. Unfortunately, these vices can often get in the way of our health. Maybe you’re a chocoholic and can’t resist indulging on a daily basis, or you enjoy having a beer or two after work. Perhaps you like binge-watching shows and don’t get the physical activity you need on a day to day basis.
These things are all fine in moderation. There’s no need to cut anything out of your life entirely to make a change for the better. But it can be helpful to cut back on indulgences or to get a handle on hobbies that aren’t great for your health.
It all comes down to discipline. Often times, we get into the habit of doing something without even realizing it. A light snack can turn into a heavy snack before you know it and letting Netflix play “just one more” episode can turn into a lazy evening.
Unless your indulgences are more like addictions, there’s no need to quit them cold turkey. Instead, create new habits that help you cut down on your indulgences and even make substitutions when necessary.
With unhealthy snacks, there are often ingredient substitutions that can be made to improve their nutrition. These substitutions allow you to enjoy what you love without hurting your health.
With other indulgences, mixing in light exercise is often a great solution. Try watching your favorite TV show while walking on a treadmill or exercise during commercials or in between episodes.
Reducing and substituting are essential to maintaining a healthier lifestyle, so don’t overlook this step.
Life is complicated and busy, which is why so many of us have trouble maintaining healthy lifestyles. We barely have time to think let alone pay attention to what foods and ingredients we are introducing to our diets.
If you find yourself opting for quick, unhealthy meals because you don’t have time to prepare something healthy, then planned meals will work wonders for you. Planning out your meals will keep you on track and make it a lot harder to fall off the wagon.
While this step does take some preparation, the payoff can be huge. You can control what you eat, ensuring that your meals are not only healthy but also tasty. Pick a day or two each week to purchase what you need and prepare meals so you’re all set for the rest of the week.
When you find yourself in a jam, you’ll be able to relax knowing that your next meal is already taken care of. It will also curb the temptation to go grab some fast food that will throw off your diet.
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