A Guide To Healthy Living
If you are planning on living a healthy life, this guide is for you. We will go over how you can put together the proper diet and fitness plan. This will also include how you can incorporate meditation on a regular basis.
It may be a challenge at first. Yet, it’s a process and you can trust it as you go. The short-term and long-term benefits of living a healthy life will be better than you expect. If you are in the process of turning things around in your life, keep reading.
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Dealing with alcohol or drug addiction? Get help now
Alcohol and drug addiction can be difficult. You can get the treatment you need and live a healthy life. For more information, check out the Ascendant New York website on how you can get the treatment you need and more.
With an accurate assessment, you’ll be able to have a treatment plan put together. You follow it from start to finish and from there, will be able to live a life free from addiction.
A healthy diet: What to eat and what not to include
Your diet will be one of the biggest building blocks in living a healthy life. You can include fruits, veggies, and even sources of protein such as chicken or beef. There may be diets that may match your fitness goals such as keto, paleo, and more.
As for what you need to get rid of, processed sugars are one of the things you’ll want to get rid of. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the sodium intake as well. You may have a diet that’s high in sodium, which can lead to health issues (namely high blood pressure or heart disease).
You may want to consider laying off the fast foods. To take it a step further, the frozen microwavable foods might also be done away with as well. Instead, consider cooking your meals from scratch.
You may have taken up cooking as one of your new skills and hobbies during your treatment. So it might be a good idea to capitalize and take advantage. A healthy diet will be rewarding as you will be able to maintain a healthy weight.
Yet, when you coincide it with exercise, the rewards and benefits will be even greater.
Exercise on a regular basis
Did you know that you need 150 minutes of exercise per week? That’s 25 minutes per day for six days. If you want to keep it to five days, that’s about 30 minutes.
Either way, it’s good to spend that time wisely. Do cardio or weight exercises. Mix it up each day and focus on other areas of the body.
If you are doing weight exercises, you can focus on arms one day and legs the next. Yes, we’re going to say it – don’t skip leg day. If you are doing heavy days, make sure you do low reps in a set.
You can start out small and work your way up as a beginner. Once you have become comfortable with the cardio and weight exercises, you can try and make it a bit more challenging. You can make the running sessions a bit longer or add more weight.
You can exercise at the gym or at home. It’s all up to you. You can even use minimal equipment to get the results you want.
Keep in mind that your results will show so long as you follow through with your diet plan. You can build muscle if you eat the right amount of protein that is designed for growth. If you want to lose weight, make it so that you are eating while maintaining a caloric deficit
Meditation: Make mindfulness part of your life
Mindfulness is something that a lot of people don’t practice. For this reason, a lot of them will handle stress improperly. They may feel mentally dragged and flustered.
With mindfulness, you’ll be able to clear your mind and stay sharp all day long. Meditation is part of the mindfulness exercises you can do on a regular basis. As you are starting out, you can do a five minute session.
You have the option of doing a guided meditation. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that you can put to good use. Otherwise, you can use apps such as Headspace or Calm.
You can find a quiet room where you can do this for a few minutes. Make it quiet enough to where you can focus on your breath as you do a quick meditation. Breathe in through the nose and out the mouth.
Repeat the process for five minutes (with a timer on) and focus on the breath. Acknowledge any thoughts that seem to pop up. Don’t focus on it or let it ‘distract you’.
When your session is finished, you’ll feel a sense of calm. You can do this for longer if you so choose. You can up the timing from 5 to 10 minutes (and repeat the process over time).
The good news is that when you meditate regularly, you’ll be more grounded. Plus, you’ll have heightened awareness (including self-awareness). When you’re stressed out, you’ll be able to recognize the triggers and be able to get through the stressful event with ease.
If needed, you can do a quick meditation session. It may take a quick five minutes and you’re done.
If you want to live a healthy life, you’ll want to maintain a healthy diet, exercise routine, and meditate regularly. If you are dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, take care of that first. Then, you’ll be able to better your life in so many areas.
It will all go hand in hand. Once you are able to get on the right track, you’ll feel better physically and mentally. Take better care of yourself and the rewards themselves will be reaped in no time.
We hope this guide has been helpful for you. Good luck on building your healthy life.