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27 nov

Making the Decision to Live a Healthy Life

JennaSmithIn today’s hectic world, making decisions to live a more healthy lifestyle can be easier said than done. After all, most people barely have the time to cook dinner for their families let alone take strides to live healthier, and it doesn’t seem as if this is will slow down anytime soon. Making the decision to improve your diet and exercise regimen can dramatically elevate your quality of life, however, and is more than worth thinking about. While it may seem as if transitioning towards a more healthy lifestyle would be difficult, there are plenty of ways you can go about doing so by taking small steps. Consider the following tips, each of which can help lead you towards a healthier lifestyle.

Avoid Processed Foods

One of the most important things you can do when trying to improve your lifestyle is avoid processed foods. A lot of people don’t realize just how detrimental fast food and other processed foods can be to one’s health. Not only are they loaded with sodium, saturated fats and artificial colors, they tend to be very low in nutrition. The result is a meal that may leave you feeling full initially, but you’re often hungry within an hour of eating. This can lead to becoming overweight, and is generally taxing on the body. Processed foods are everywhere in America, although you can avoid eating them by simply cooking at home and shopping the perimeter of your grocery store (where fresh items tend to be situated).

Begin an Exercise Regimen

Exercise is an essential element of any healthy lifestyle. The modern world has made it so many people live increasingly sedentary lifestyles, getting less exercise than ever before. Sitting too long can not only cause discomfort, but in the long run can be bad for your cardiovascular function. While it’s true that starting an exercise regimen can be incredibly challenging for those who are used to being sedentary, the importance of doing so cannot be overemphasized.

Start by joining a gym and striving to get at least 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3-4 times per week on a treadmill, elliptical or similar machine. You can begin to ramp things up once you become more comfortable with the routine, although it’s important to avoid pushing yourself further than the body can handle. Over time, however, you’ll find that regular exercise will not only give you more energy, but will help to relieve stress as well.

Take the Right Supplements

Many people aren’t quite sure where they stand on supplements, and for good reason. After all, a lot of nutrition can simply come from eating healthy, in which case supplements may not always be necessary. There are certain supplements that can improve health that are next to impossible to get in diet, however. Fish oil, for example, is extremely beneficial to both brain and heart function, and you’d have to eat a fair amount of fish to get enough in your diet without taking a supplement. The same can be said for vitamin d, which can be difficult to get during the winter. Big Apple Rx and other, similar stores sell supplements of all kinds, making it possible for you to tailor a regimen specifically to your needs.

Making the decision to improve your health can be stressful, and doesn’t typically happen overnight. That said, you’ll benefit greatly from embracing a healthier lifestyle. Start by eating healthier, followed by embracing an exercise regimen. Once you have these two things under your belt, consider adding supplements to your diet for a three-pronged approach to a healthier, more productive you.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on November 27th, 2012 in Diet and Fitness, Health | 0 comments

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