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5 steps to a healthier you in 2019

  • Published at 04:27 pm January 12th, 2019
st-Jan 10, 2019
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Tried and true reaffirmations to get you on track for the year ahead

Almost two weeks into the new year, and some might be ready to throw their hands up in resignation when it comes to their diet or exercise resolutions. It’s worth remembering that just because the initial goal may seem daunting, doesn’t mean a healthy lifestyle is entirely unachievable. 

A healthy lifestyle is essentially one that applies the practices of how we should live if we want to get the healthiest body, not just to look good but also to feel good. While most of us already know what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, sometimes we just need a reminder. 

A healthy person doesn't smoke, maintains a healthy weight, eats good food with a lot of organic products, vegetables and fibre and, of course, exercises all the time. Additionally, a healthy person is an expert at managing stress, gets quality rest every night, doesn't drink excessively, doesn't sit for hours on end—fundamentally, does everything in moderation while maintaining a component of restraint. A tall order, it would seem. If we take a look at everything that goes into a fit way of life, we might find it difficult to close the gap between the ideal life and our current ones. 

However, the great news is, we don't need to make a huge difference overnight. Truth be told, the secret to healthy living lies with the little accomplishments—walking more steps every day, adding honey and bananas to our oats instead of sugar, having an additional glass of water, or saying no to stress. One thing we can do presently to make our way of living better is to take little steps every day. Here are some pointers to get you started.

Maximizing meal potential

Adding fruits and vegetables is the perfect foundation for kick-starting a healthy routine. Vegetables, like leafy greens, and fruits contain plentiful amounts of nutrients such as vitamins and antioxidants that help boost your immune system and fight off disease-causing toxins. The World Health Organization recommends eating fruits and veggies as a regular part of our diet so that we can have a better chance of fighting heart disease, some types of cancer, and a number of other diseases. Ideally, the average person should be consuming five to nine servings of varied fruits and veggies daily. 

Healthy doses of hydration

To become healthy, it is very important to drink water throughout the day. Doing so offers the benefits of hydration, nourishment, and improved well-being. Water can cleanse toxins from the body, improve brain function, energize muscles, control weight gain, and balance body temperature and fluids. It’s recommended to drink about eight glasses, or 64 ounces, of water per day.

Managing mental health

When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it's easy to become focused on the physical aspects of well-being and disregard the psychological upkeep. It is very important to keep in mind that our psychological wellness is a big component of our general well-being. It's essential to assess and regulate our emotions on an everyday basis. On the off chance that we feel negative towards others, we can cause more misery at work, school, or in our public activity. Some ways to enhance emotional wellness include exercising, interacting with loved ones, resting seven to nine hours consistently, and doing something creative or relaxing to calm our minds.

Also, it’s better to consult a doctor or converse with an expert about ways to maximize our psychological wellness.


Sometimes it's helpful to stop, take a deep breath, and unwind. We can help to keep up our physical and emotional well-being by unwinding after a long, upsetting school or work week. It’s always better to attempt a few light exercises to relax our bodies and minds. Listening to some soothing music, reading, watching a comedy, or working out—these are a few of many self-care practices that can help foster feelings of happiness and serenity.

Taking action

The body is the sanctuary of the spirit, and we don't want that sanctuary to go into disrepair. Exercise is an effective method to boost our well-being and studies have shown that physical movement enhances one’s lifespan and general well-being. Since it can be difficult to work out every single day, aiming for three days a week might do a better job of keeping you on track. All we need to do is to select a perfect time to do it. It takes only 30 minutes of exercise in the morning to set you up for the day. Also, it is very important to enjoy working out rather than feeling like it’s a daily chore.

Little improvements in our lifestyle may appear to be insignificant, but these manageable actions add up. We’re more likely to adapt to changes better when they don't require us to overhaul our entire lives. Simply put, we have to pick a certain task and work on that one thing consistently, keeping in mind that a healthy lifestyle can give us more energy, improved mental health, and can increase our chances of defeating illnesses.

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