Practicing healthy habits can often seem overwhelming. There’s so much to keep track of, and it’s easy to get bogged down in calorie counting, careful scheduling, and the like. What if there was a way to make it easier, though? To cut down the number of tasks to something more manageable while still achieving the same results? We believe that it is possible, and that all of your many needs for healthy living can be boiled down to three core needs. Let’s take a look at these three needs, and how to turn them into actionable steps.
1. Exercising Regularly
It goes without saying that keeping up with your physical health is one of the most important things you can do in your everyday life. Before you can do anything else, you need to keep your body healthy. Your body is what gets you from point A to point B, take action where it’s needed, and work towards better living in general.
So, how do you go about making feasible, actionable steps to exercise regularly? The thing is, there’s no single, definitive way to answer that question. Ultimately, the best actionable steps depend on what you as an individual can manage. Maybe you’re the type who wants to adopt an intense, challenging weightlifting routine, but maybe you’d rather just get in a 30-minute walk and a few yoga stretches every evening. Both are entirely valid ways to stay in shape, so your perfect achievable lifestyle shift is entirely up to what you want to make of it.
2. Maintaining a Healthy Diet
Of course, diet and exercise go hand in hand, so if you’re getting started with a new exercise routine, maintaining a healthy diet becomes much simpler. The greatest hurdle of both diet and exercise is consistency and commitment. Once you’ve overcome that hurdle with your exercise routine, it’s much easier to do the same with your diet.
Of course, the benefits of a healthy diet are as massive as those of a regular exercise routine. The way you choose to fuel your body has a huge impact on your quality of life, but unfortunately, studies show that as many as 46% of Americans neglect it. This has led to a number of negative effects and widespread issues like a high obesity rate and even increased cancer risk.
That to say, the importance of a good diet can’t be stressed enough. By eating healthier, you’ll notice that you feel more energetic, ready to take the world by storm, and just in better shape as a whole. So, what steps can you take to improve your diet? First of all, identify where the majority of your unhealthy food consumption comes from. Whether that’s an excess of sugar and carbs or a lack of important nutrients, try to figure out a few specific areas in your diet to focus on. From there, do whatever you think will work best for you, whether that’s reducing consumption, slowly tapering off, or quitting altogether, and finding new, healthier foods to enjoy.
3. Taking Time to Meditate
Your spiritual health is every bit as important as your physical health. Your emotional state, as a matter of fact, has a huge impact on your physical state as well. Often, what we need most is a bit of time to ourselves where we can look inwards, reflect, and have a peaceful moment.
What this time of solitude and meditation means is different for everyone. If you’re religious, taking time out of your day to say a quick prayer can make all the difference for your spiritual health, but even if you’re not, a short time of self-reflection allows you to gain insight and wisdom on issues that may have seemed insurmountable at first. In times when you’re feeling lost, meditating for even a short time to think, pray, or journal can be all you need to recenter your heart and soul, putting you back on the right track.
The most important part of practicing these three steps, though, is patience. Better living isn’t an overnight process, it takes time. Beating yourself up when you aren’t seeing any progress will only set you back further, so be patient with yourself, allow yourself to slip up every now and then, and use those slip-ups as an opportunity to grow. With time and effort, you’ll eventually look back and realize just how far you’ve come.
At IAMOneMind, we’re here to promote that growth and provide you with the advice and resources you need to achieve it. Whether that’s words of wisdom and encouragement, useful products to get in touch with your spiritual side, or anything in between, we’re here to ensure you’re completely equipped for whatever spiritual journey you’re going through, no matter what it may entail. If you’re interested in finding more, feel free to visit our website today!