by Janet Ouellette
Many people decide they want to make healthy lifestyle changes but very few seem to follow through. As with anything else you need to be consistent for a period of time before something will become a habit. If you mess up, it's okay and it doesn't mean you blew it just continue on and make healthier choices.
Here are five easy steps to get you started on becoming a healthier you.
1. Drink plenty of water. I put this one first because it's much more important than many people think. Since our bodies are made up mostly of water we need to drink plenty of it in order for our bodies to function at their best. A good rule to follow is to divide your weight in half and drink at least that much in ounces per day. Always start with a fresh glass of water upon waking and spread the remainder throughout the day.
2.Add more fresh foods to your diet. Start by adding more vegetables to all of your meals. Try and include at least 50% vegetables with each meal. Grab a piece of fruit for a snack instead of cookies, candies and cakes. Cut out as much white flour and sugar as possible from your diet and replace them with fresh fruit, veg's, and whole grains. Try and buy fresh organic and locally grown produce as much as possible.
3.Exercise. Since this is probably the hardest area to maintain you really need to start out small. Start by walking, even if it's just a few minutes each day. Grab a friend to make the time more enjoyable. A treadmill is great for those bad weather days when you can't get outside so, there will be no excuses. Before you know it you might be walking a few miles a day and feeling great.
4.Get Plenty of Rest. It's very important that are bodies get the rest they need. As you get older you may find that you can function on much less sleep then when you were younger. Six hours may be enough for some while others may need a full eight. Either way a good nights rest is very important so try and get to bed a little earlier each night. The more sleep you get before midnight the more rested you should feel. Having the right bedding is also important. If your getting plenty of sleep but still waking up with headaches and feeling tired it might be time for some new pillows or a new mattress.
5.Get Fresh Air & Sunshine. Getting out side for a little bit each day can do wonders for you. Our homes are breeding grounds for all sorts of stuff which we breathe every day. This can be very unhealthy. Step outside for at least a few minutes a couple of times each day to get fresh air and sunshine. The sun provides some essential vitamins that our bodies need. Get a good air cleaner for your home so you can breathe fresher air while indoors. Breathing cleaner air while you sleep may also help you wake up feeling rested.
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