By BLAIR WEISINGER
Healthy living is within anyone’s reach, starting today. Healthy living is a long-term commitment, not a flash-in-the-pan fad, but there are steps you can take right now that will make today healthier than yesterday and pave the way for healthy living tomorrow too.
Keep Track: Your first step toward healthy living is to get a handle on your health status right now.
- Assess your activity- How much physical activity do you get in a typical week? The CDC recommends that adults get at least two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week.
- Keep a food diary- Write down everything you eat for a day — and no fair skipping the items you’re embarrassed about. “The idea is to write it down … without judgment,” says Kathianne Sellers Williams, wellness coach and personal trainer with Cafe Physique in Atlanta. “You can’t change what you’re not aware of or don’t acknowledge.”
- Check your mood and energy- Healthy living includes emotional wellness and adequate rest. Do you usually sleep well for seven to eight hours a night? Teenagers need around nine hours of sleep where adults need about seven to eight hours per night
Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean drastic changes. Making small changes in how you live may seem like a slow process, and it is. You may adapt to change better when it doesn’t require you to overhaul your entire life. Just pick one thing and work on that one thing every day, letting the rest of your life and habits stay the same. You may be surprised that those small changes really can make a difference.