Many people, if they are honest, would have to answer “no” to that question. Most people want to live a healthy lifestyle, but somehow, life just seems to get in the way. Busy schedules and too many responsibilities can make it seem like every minute of one’s life is already filled to the brim. How can one live healthier, when there never seems to be time to make it happen?
It is important to realize that becoming healthier is not something that is going to happen overnight. Life is filled with opportunities to improve one’s health and well-being. It is just a matter of learning to recognize those moments, and then acting appropriately. It really does not require a lot of time, effort or money to live a healthier life. But it does mean taking some small steps – and making sure you take enough of those steps, with increasing frequency.
Starting out simple and easy is the best way to develop healthy habits that you will stick with. All too often, people try to embark on a “health kick” by changing their lives drastically all at once. While this undoubtedly works sometimes, most times it fails. Lifestyles are best changed by adding small habits gradually. Studies have shown that it takes approximately thirty days for a small daily task to truly become a habit. So, if you add small habits slowly, you will be more likely to stick with them for the long term.
What are some easy, small habits that you can add to your daily life? Improving one’s diet is a good place to start. If you have fallen into the habit of eating junk food and too many snacks, look for ways to replace these unhealthy foods with better choices. Fruits such as apples and bananas are inexpensive, and easy to eat. Eat breakfast every morning, so that you will not be tempted by the snack machine mid-morning. Take the time to at night to pack your lunch for the next day, so you will not resort to fast food lunches. These steps may be small, but they can really make a difference.
The same is true when it comes to exercise. While it is unreasonable to expect that you will immediately start running marathons, you can certainly find time to fit a short walk in each day. Or, make some stretching exercises or yoga part of your early morning routine. A family bike ride after dinner is an easy and enjoyable way to get some exercise, while also enjoying some family bonding time.
Once you start making these small changes, you will realize how easy they really are. By adding healthy habits one by one, soon living a healthier life will come naturally to you.