Do you conform to the latest thou shalt nots from the health and wellness industry? If you’re like us, you’re currently debating 86ing sugar from your diet. Six months ago, you swore off gluten. Last year, you ditched fat. And, at points in between, you bounced from P90X to CrossFit to HIIT. Who knows what’s next to fall from grace?
It’s easy to develop negative feelings about being healthy, especially when your experience has been centered around giving up foods you enjoy and doing exercises that may not be a match for your body or specific goals.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Following these 10 commandments will save your attitude, shift your perspective and make adoption of a healthy lifestyle a positive experience.
10 Commandments for a Healthy Lifestyle
Get your fill of nourishing foods that are locally and ethically produced, ecologically sound and humane.
Operate like a well-oiled machine by giving your body the daily hydration it requires to function at its best.
Add activity to your life other than pushing a mouse around: Take the stairs, go on a walk after lunch, do a little gardening or participate in other activities you enjoy on a daily basis.
Sleep and rest like a champ! Give your body as much time as it needs to recover.
Design a dynamic resistance and functional fitness training program that accounts for your age, gender, history and evolving level of fitness
Give your cardiovascular system a boost by steadily increasing and varying the duration and intensity of simple exercises like walking, running or jumping rope.
Loosen up your body with daily stretching and foam rolling.
Focus on what you’ll gain from embracing a healthy lifestyle rather than what you’ll give up.
Prepare to beat the stress and temptation of everyday life in healthy ways by sticking to your program. The more you practice, the easier it will be to fulfill on a daily basis.
Listen to Your Gut
Learn to tune in and recognize what your body needs: Can you do another couple reps? Are you full? Do you need to take a day off? Etc.
Want more detailed info on these 10 commandments? Stay tuned! We’re planning to break down each one in a separate blog post.