By: Jen Johnson – The Biggest Loser Resort

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
~Vincent Van Gogh

You want to be healthier but the thought of completely overhauling your lifestyle sounds too daunting, we are all overloaded with contradictory health advice which can be confusing and nigh on impossible to stick to. The number on the scale is not a reliable indicator of good health and there are several benefits associated with a healthier lifestyle including more self-confidence, reduced stress, increased life expectancy and reduced chance of contracting diseases brought upon by obesity.

7 Steps to Get Healthy

1. Get Active

Exercise is vital for good cardiovascular and physical well-being, you may perceive working out as a chore so find a physical activities you enjoy. If you have inadvertently become a couch potato get outside, go for a walk, take the kids out to play, it is important that you get your body moving. In addition to feeling great you will benefit from a variety of other health improvements including reduced the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and keeping your weight under control.

2. Stop Smoking

If you are a smoker, the negative health effects are well publicized and the upside of stopping are huge. For smokers who are overweight or obese the chances of heart disease, cancer and other diseases are multiplied. If you are concerned about gaining weight after quitting smoking, check out our blog on avoiding weight gain after quitting smoking.

3. Eat More Plants

Consuming more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts & seeds can help slow or prevent various processes of disease that begin long before diagnosis. Fiber is lacking from modern diets, fiber can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers as well as improving digestive health. If you want more information about plant based diets, listen to a fascinating Podcast with our Executive Director of Nutrition about The Power of Plants.

4. Stay Hydrated

Water regulates the body’s temperature, lubricates joints and helps the transportation of nutrients providing energy. If you are not adequately hydrated, your body will not be able to perform at its optimal level manifesting itself as fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness, or more serious symptoms.

5. Sleep

The importance of sleep for good physical health are very often overlooked and getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help improve overall health. During sleep, your body is working to heal damaged cells, boosting your immune system, recuperating your heart and cardiovascular system. Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on mental and physical health, even impacting the body’s ability to control weight. For more information, checkout our webinar about how sleep affects weight loss.

6. Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Eliminating alcohol completely may be a step too far, even cutting back can help your general wellbeing. Drinking alcohol excessively increases the chances long-term health risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, cancers as well social and mental problems.

7. Eat Clean

Having junk food in your home will make sticking to a healthy diet extremely difficult so the best strategy is to eliminate everything sugary, fatty, greasy and salty. Replace junk food with healthy alternatives, you will be able to stick to a healthy diet if you enjoy the taste of the food you are eating. Go online or buy a book with healthy meal recipes, make sure they don’t take too long to prepare and you like the flavors. Checkout our FREE Healthy Meals area of our website for some ideas.

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