This is the perfect time of the year to start working on a healthier you. The holiday season brings overeating and more time sitting, which can mean extra pounds and less health. You don’t have to overeat, but but it can be hard to find the time to make sure you are getting the right servings and the right amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Whether it’s the holiday season or not, you may be wanting to develop a healthier lifestyle, which isn’t that difficult to do if you know what being healthy entails. Here are some of the things you’ll want to do if you want to be a healthier person. They will help you look great at any age, and keep you from spending too much time with the doctor.
Change Your Diet
While you don’t need to skip that piece of apple pie, you should avoid eating the second piece. Holiday eating usually means oversized portions, just like restaurant portions, which means it is even more important to pay attention to your serving sizes during this time of the year.
Rather than overindulging on junk food and gravy, put as many fruits and vegetables on your plate as you can. Don’t go for seconds either.
If you are trying to live a healthier life then you should already be drinking plenty of water. In fact, water should be your number one drink. Soda contains a ton of sugar and is really bad for you, so now is a good time to start cutting back on it and switching to healthier drink options.
While other drinks that contain water, like coffee and tea, can be great alternatives to water, you should still be getting a minimum of eight eight-ounce servings of water a day. That is the jumping point.
Take Your Vitamins
If your diet is lacking in vegetables, fruit, the occasional red meat, and other foods that contain essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs, you should be taking a supplement to make up for it. A multi-vitamin is an excellent choice. During the winter take one that contains vitamin D since you will be spending less time in the sunlight getting it naturally.
Drop Those Bad Habits
Overindulging in too much alcohol can be bad for your liver and your kidneys. Smoking is bad for your lungs and your heart health. That is just the minimum of why you should drop these bad habits. If you want to be healthy then you have to quit smoking.
Eating right isn’t the only step in staying healthy, you also need to get the right amount of physical fitness. While the amount may differ in the wording, it boils down to a minimum of 30 minutes a day five days a week. Exercise can be as simple as taking a walk around the block each day, at a brisk pace, or as complex as joining a gym and hiring a personal trainer.
You can be healthy, no matter what time of the year it is. You just need to want it.