The health of this country keeps decreasing. Everywhere you turn there is bad news about obesity rates and GMO this and that. It can be a hard task to be healthy in today’s day and age. However, the most important question you can ask yourself is, “Am I in control of my health, or is my health in control of me?”
Many people think that they have several years to get back on track or to turn their lives around and be healthier. However, most people just get busy, and they don’t pay attention to their health. They write off exercise because they are too busy, and eat whatever is closest, healthy or not. Before they know it, ten years have passed and they are unhealthier than ever, possibly even suffering some health ailments such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Stop now and take control of your health. Don’t let any more time pass you by. No matter how busy you are, you can be in control of your health. Try these easy steps to take charge of your future health today.
- Write your health goals down. Where do you want your health to be in the next year? How about the next five years? Don’t just write down that you want to lose weight. Instead, come up with concrete and realistic numbers, such as in one year I want to drop my blood pressure reading by 20 points and lose 10 pounds.
- Next, write down the steps needed to take in order to reach your health goals. For example, if you want to lose ten pounds by next year, you just have to lose about one pound a month. That means cutting out or burning an extra 3500 calories. Anyone can easily do that through cutting out soda or by adding a twenty-minute walk to his or her day. Set mini-goals to help you reach your bigger health goal.
- Thirdly, commit to getting healthier fifteen minutes a day. When you are new to healthy living, it can all be overwhelming. Take baby steps. What is something you can do in fifteen minutes or less that will help you reach your health goals? Perhaps you can make a smoothie in the morning for breakfast. You can walk, jog, or dance for fifteen minutes. You can even just take fifteen minutes and write down the foods you eat in a journal. There are so many simple baby steps you can take. Focus on one step at a time and keep progressing. Once you get comfortable with some healthy habits, you can increase your time spent being healthy.
- Finally, aim for the beneficial. Before you eat a certain food or do an activity, ask yourself if it is beneficial for your overall health and health goals. You don’t have to live a deprived life, but limit your indulgences. By asking the simple question before you eat something unhealthy, you cause yourself to stop and think about the choice you are about to make. For example, you are walking through the mall and smell a hot pretzel, so you get in line to buy one. If you just let that little voice inside you ask, “Will this benefit me?” then you can talk some reason into your cravings. The truth is that you don’t need to waste your money on empty calories that will only make you feel yucky and guilty later on.
Obesity and many other health problems are taking America by storm, don’t let it take you too. Take control of your health now. The changes you make today can mean a healthier you tomorrow and several days down the road.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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