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Steps to Leading a Healthier Lifestyle in 2019

Hello, dear reader! How are you getting along with your New Year’s resolutions this year?

With a month and a half of the year already behind us, I thought I’d check in with you and give those of you who made health-related resolutions this year a little motivation to keep going.

For those of you who didn’t, who says resolutions have to be made only at New Year’s? 🙂

Today, I’ve got Jennifer Dawson (who you may remember from this post) for you, who would like to share a thing or two about living a healthier lifestyle.

I hope you find this useful.

Over to you, Jen!

Maintaining optimal physical health can be important in getting the most out of life.

It allows us to have enough energy to both complete necessary tasks, and participate in enjoyable activities.

Keeping your body in peak shape allows for achievement in many areas, both physical and mental.

The three most important things when considering a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle are exercise, diet and sleep.

Eating a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is important, as our bodies require specific nutrients in order to function properly.

A lack of proper nutrition can leave you vulnerable to disease, infections, fatigue, and overall poor health.

Most of these nutrients should come from plant-based foods, like whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes.

Plant-based food

Lean proteins like fish and some high quality meats can also play a part in a balanced diet, but aren’t a necessity, as there is good evidence that eating a wholly plant based diet can have enormous health benefits.

If you have certain dietary restrictions like an allergy, or are vegan, vitamin supplements can be used to replace essential nutrients that cannot be gained through your diet.

It is important to choose high quality supplements, however, as some may contain unnecessary or even toxic ingredients.

The Importance of Movement

Exercise is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle.

Not only does exercise help to keep you in good physical health, but it can benefit your mental and emotional state as well.

Most people are aware that exercise produces endorphins, which produce good feelings and reduce your perception of pain, but exercise also increases the brain’s sensitivity to serotonin and norepinephrine, which fight depression.

Exercise also increases energy levels, and fights chronic disease, including increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing blood pressure.

Optimizing Sleep

Getting enough sleep is an important aspect of a healthy life that is not always taken seriously enough.

Lack of sleep over a period of time can raise the risk of certain chronic health problems and affect the brain’s functionality in a negative way.

Creating a sleep routine can help you get the right amount of sleep for optimal health.

This can include going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, avoiding screens and stimulants before bed, and using relaxation techniques before bed that work for you.

Prioritizing a balanced diet, exercise and plenty of sleep each day is important if you want to lead a healthy life.

Staying on top of all three of these key factors will help you have the necessary energy and health to truly enjoy life.

There you go, dear reader.

Which of these three components of a healthy lifestyle are you doing well with this year? Which aspects do you still have to work on? If you’ve got any particularly effective strategies that you are excited about related to getting enough sleep, eating healthily, or exercising, please share them in a comment below.

I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Until the next time,

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