Living a healthy lifestyle: where to start?
Everybody strives to live a healthy lifestyle. The problem is that many people have no idea where to start. In reality it is not nearly as complicated as a lot of people make it out to be. All you have to do is make an effort to eat healthy and get some exercise and you will be off to a good start at living a healthy lifestyle.
A healthy lifestyle starts with eating the right foods; this means that you will likely have to make changes to your diet. Most people when they want to lose weight will go on a diet, this is actually not what you want to do, what you want to do is to change your eating habits in general. This means sticking to foods that are low in fat and high in fiber. You are also going to want to make sure that you reduce your caloric consumption down to a level that is appropriate for your size.
The other big thing that you have to do in order to have a healthy lifestyle is to get some exercise. There are lots of reasons that you need to exercise, the big ones being that it will help to keep the weight off and it will make your body work better. Your body is an interesting machine, the harder you work it the stronger it gets, this is why exercise works. That being said you don't have to go overboard and do a really extreme workout program in order to stay healthy.
The amount of exercise that you need will vary based on your goals but for the average person half an hour a day is plenty to keep you in good shape. It also really doesn't matter what kind of exercise that you do. Certainly some exercises are better than others but the main thing is to pick something that you enjoy and do that, this will give you the best chance of sticking to your workout program and that is really the important thing. That being said, ideally you should be getting some kind of exercise that both builds muscle and improves your cardio system.
One other thing to keep in mind about exercise is that is progressive, that means that you have to push yourself to work harder at your next workout than you did at the last one. This means that if you are lifting weights you need to lift heavier weights or do more sets at each work out or if you are running that you either run further or run the same distance faster. You won't be able to improve at every workout but you should be improving on a consistent basis, if you are not you really aren't getting anything out of the workout.