Dietitians and trainers not only help other people live their~best lives~, but they’re pretty good about incorporating healthy habits into their daily lives, too. And their top-tips below are all pretty doable, proving that living well doesn’t have to mean overhauling your entire life. Because when it comes to living healthy, it’s not all about chugging a kale smoothie, sweating it out in 90-minute hot yoga sessions, or picking up fresh flowers from the farmer’s market.
Healthy living means different things to different people, but there are some simple habits that can help you lead a more balanced, energized life every single day—no matter what your goals are.
What is energy management?
Think of your energy as a limited resource, like money in an account. You begin the day with a certain amount to spend, which varies from person to person based on factors, such as age, sleep, stress levels, medical conditions and lifestyle. Throughout your day, multiple transactions (activities) occur as you withdraw energy from and deposit energy into your account. While you may not always have control over activities that deplete your energy, you can take steps to deposit more energy into your account.
Follow these 7 tips to increase your energy and live a happier, healthier, more productive life:
1. Eat nourishing food.
We all know that wholesome food is the crux for well-being, but it’s common to regard healthy eating primarily as a tool for weight loss. However, according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy and whole grains is what you need for optimal energy. After all, you really are what you eat to some extent. Consume a variety of foods from all the food groups to get a range of nutrients to energize you throughout the day. Opt for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, especially nutrient-dense dark, leafy greens and broccoli, as well as orange vegetables, including carrots and sweet potatoes. There are many types of fish and legumes to choose from for healthy protein options. Aim to eat 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, breads, rice or pasta daily.
A pandemic like COVID-19 has changed our lives to a great extent. Unlike before, now we are less active and are sitting down more than we usually do. Each of these activities can take a toll on our health in the long run. So this world family health and fitness day, we shed the importance of being an active family and ways to get started!
Why The Need To Stay Active & Healthy?
The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that adults should aim for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, per week. Here’s more on why you need to be an active family.
Promotes a healthy lifestyle: No matter we are confined to a single place, but we should try to make the most of it. The rate of success improves when families strive to be healthy together. Enjoy family time and have some fun.
Motivates families: Incorporating exercise and a healthy diet into a family’s lifestyle takes a team effort. Involve kids in deciding what to do as this will motivate them to participate.
Builds the bond: The success of one member in a challenge gives other family members motivation to pick up the pace. This gives room for communication and coordination among each other, creating a bond of trust.