Making your well-being a priority isn’t always easy, but setting healthy habits is more doable than you might think. Here are a few simple but meaningful ways to change your health for the better.
Make Time for Cardiovascular Activity Several Times a Week
Exercise that puts your cardiovascular system to work has numerous significant health benefits. It lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of developing a heart condition. It also supports your efforts to maintain a healthy body weight. Burning calories during bursts of low-impact physical exertion can eliminate excess body fat. Fitting several half hour exercise sessions every week can generate appreciable and sustainable results.
You may find that doing fasted cardio before you’ve had anything to eat in the morning is preferable to working out on a full stomach. For the most part, it’s not a great idea to start working out right after filling up with a heavy meal. However, many people have trouble powering through a workout without any calories or nutrients.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s advantageous to give your muscles the nutrients to support strength training exercises. If you’ll be doing cardio and strength training at the same time, consider a pre-workout supplement. A typical snack or meal will give you caloric energy for exercise, but a specially formulated supplement gives you a balanced blend of vitamins and essential acids that improve performance during an intense workout.
Have Fun Exercising
If working up the will to go out and get active seems almost always like an onerous proposition, maybe you’re not going about it the right way. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all exercise regimen that works for everyone. Trying to stick to a fitness format that feels like a bummer rather than a source of fulfillment is going to be like pushing a boulder up a hill, and you could quickly fall all the way back to your starting point. Finding ways to be active that you really like rather than manage to tolerate will keep your momentum up.
If you’re not into running, don’t try to force yourself to jog everyday until you love it because that probably won’t ever happen. Find a more agreeable alternative. Consider using exercise equipment that works in some light muscle toning such as an elliptical machine. Make a playlist of upbeat music that you can listen to while you’re working out. If you don’t feel comfortable in a crowded gym, try a home workout program or head out to a scenic area for a bike ride. Ultimately, make changes that can help you think of the time that you spend working out as “you time” instead of a loathsome chore.
Drink More Water
Hydration is crucial to your body’s cellular health, and it’s especially important for protecting muscle and tissue health when you’re becoming more active. Without adequate hydration, you’re more vulnerable to soft tissue injuries.
Your body is mostly water, and it supports all of your organs’ health and the functionality of every major system in your body. Proper hydration even makes you look healthier by strengthening your skin and evening out its tone.
Staying well-hydrated should be easy enough, but it’s something that a lot of people really have trouble with. Resolve to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and set alarms reminding you to drink on days when you’re just too busy to stay conscientious about it. Make water your go-to beverage rather than sports drinks, juice, or soda. A naturally flavored, zero-calorie seltzer is a healthy and refreshing alternative to sugary cold drinks.
Lastly, remember that instantly habitualizing healthy behaviors might be an overly ambitious endeavor. If you don’t change behaviors overnight, don’t be quick to admit defeat. Stay committed to your self-care and wellness, and look for meaningful ways to measure your progress. Hitting new milestones with your health will encourage you to continue striving for improvement.