Whether in the kitchen or in the gym, there are many factors that lead toward a healthy lifestyle.
Whether in the kitchen or in the gym, there are many factors that lead toward a healthy lifestyle.

Everyone wants to live a healthier lifestyle and that can mean a variety of things to different people. You may want to eat more veggies or exercise daily. It might be challenging in the beginning but it can be achieved if you plan and prepare. By swapping out ingredients in your diet and becoming more physical along with a few other changes, active adults can achieve a healthier lifestyle following these ten easy steps:

1. Establish your Goal

One of the first things to determine is your personal fitness goal. Do you want to lose five pounds, eat more leafy greens, drink more water and less soda, or run ten miles every morning? When you have a goal in mind, establish a realistic plan and try to stick with it.

2. Consult with a Health Professional

Checking with your doctor or health professional before you start any new diet or exercise program will ensure that you are following the correct health plan for your body type and needs. This will also help identify if you have any underlying medical conditions that you may need to address. Also, another option would be to get a personal trainer. They can show you proper form and techniques to avoid injuries while working out.

3. Write it Down

You should keep a journal or use an online fitness app and write down your weight, body measurements and food intake. Whether you are focusing on losing weight or clean eating, it’s easier to keep track of your calories or workout routines by writing everything down. Keeping a record with all of your information can help you see how much progress you’ve made over time. It can also make you accountable for the goals you set up from the beginning and remind you of what you need to do to stay on track.

4. Clean Up your Fridge and Pantry

Any new health regimen begins with cleaning out your home and purging all of the unhealthy items in your fridge and pantry. It can be things like candy, processed meats, soda, alcohol, and other artificial sweeteners. Try replacing those items with healthy snacks, organic items, and fresh produce.

5. Eat More Veggies

Eating more vegetables can be a wise decision when implementing a healthier lifestyle. Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale provide great sources of nutrients like vitamins A and C. Carrots and celery are also great on-the-go snacks instead of snacking on potato chips for busy individuals.

6. Drink Water

Are you drinking enough water on a daily basis? Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is good for your health. It fights cravings, makes you feel full longer so you eat less, helps energize muscles, and is great for your skin. It also helps treat acute migraines because dehydration can tend to trigger headaches.

7. Exercise

There are a variety of ways to incorporate exercise whether it’s in a gym, outdoors, or in the comfort of your own home. Walking, biking, swimming, strength training, Zumba, and yoga are just a few exercises that you can incorporate in your daily routine. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have fun doing it. It’s also important to perform each move at your own pace in proper form to avoid injury.

8. Meditate

Meditation can help relieve stress and anxiety. It keeps you calm and may help avoid eating junk food because you’re angry, depressed, or stressed. Following a few simple breathing techniques and developing positive coping skills can help manage stress and promote a healthier lifestyle.

9. Get Enough Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial in living a healthier lifestyle. Try to avoid taking naps during the day so you can get a full night’s rest, which experts say should be about seven or eight hours of sleep. Letting the mind and body rest will rejuvenate your entire system and help you be more productive and energized the next day.

10. Sit Down and Slow Down

Sitting down for a meal and savoring every bite instead of scarfing it down can stretch your meals for an additional 20 minutes. You’ll end up eating less and enjoying more of your food. You should also avoid eating meals while watching television, driving, or working. Instead, enjoy conversation with others to help you slow down in chewing your food and prevent overeating.

There are education programs and fitness classes available to residents of many 55+ communities that support a healthy lifestyle. What do you do to ensure a healthy lifestyle?