Getting a Healthy Lifestyle: Making Changes to Body, Mind and Soul Getting a Healthy Lifestyle: Making Changes to Body, Mind and Soul

Today, Americans are becoming more and more cognizant of trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. In the fast paced world that many people live in, though, understanding which choices they need to make in order to transform their sedentary life into one of healthy activity is of utmost importance.

Getting a healthy lifestyle is not as daunting as you might think; it just takes some consistent, small efforts to transform your previous habits into ones that well help you maintain your health and wellness for years to come. This article will provide you with some hints and tricks to keep your mind, body and soul in good health.

A Healthy Body

The physical body is perhaps the one aspect of our lives that is noticed the most. How many times have you walked down the street and noticed people watching your body? How did you feel when they looked away, trying to hide their disapproval? And how many times have you tried to go shopping for clothes and went home disgusted with what you saw? Chances are if you're like many people out there, those scenes are played out over and over again.

The first thing to remember when trying to transform your body into a healthy one is that everyone has a unique body. Therefore, changing it to what you want is a combination of accepting what your body excels at, and how you can encourage it to change to fit your desires. For example, someone who is normally 6' 3" and 375 lbs might not have a body that can exist in a healthy state at a weight less then 260 lbs. It's important to talk to your doctor or medical professional to make sure that your goals are realistic.

So now you've found what your target weight and physical shape you want to reach. Wonderful! The next step is to realize that the whole process of obtaining a healthy body is a long, slow process. Thousands of dollars are spent each year to quickly lose weight and gain muscle mass. Everything from green tea and caffeinated diet pills, to carbohydrate free health drinks, have been touted as quick ways to lose weight and get in shape. Despite all their claims, getting a healthy body is a fairly simple process. To lose weight, the intake of calories much is less than the output, and to get a more toned and healthy body, it's best to include regular exercise consisting of both strength training and aerobic exercise. Sounds simple, doesn't it?

As you probably know, getting your exercise and changing your diet is no easy task. Many people make the mistake of trying to do too much too soon. There are few people who can maintain drastic changes to their lives; humans are truly creatures of habit. So, start off small. Start by adding a walk around the block each night; then change it into a slight jog in about a month. For your eating habits, try reducing your intake by a small portion at each meal; perhaps go without that second helping of mashed potatoes. Or, change those French fries into broiled potatoes. These are just a few of the easy and small changes you can make to help your physical body into a healthier one.

A Healthy Mind

As you well know, the physical body isn't the only thing that is involved in getting a healthy lifestyle. A healthy mind, one that can think critically and is constantly learning and growing, is essential to keeping the entire package humming. Like changes to your physical body, changes to your mind need to come in small steps. Try starting by doing a crossword puzzle on the weekend. Or, read a book or two a month, and be sure to pick subjects that you're not too familiar with every once in a while. If you don't enjoy reading, that's fine; try taking in a lecture or an art gallery show. Anything that will engage your mind and allow you to think critically is a great way to get your mind in better, healthier shape.

A Healthy Soul

More and more people are beginning to realize that having a healthy body and a healthy mind are very important parts to leading a healthy lifestyle. For many people, though, only concentrating on those two aspects is somewhat incomplete. Another aspect that should be explored is your spiritual health. For many people, having a way to express their spiritual beliefs in a healthy way is one of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. And please do not think that this is an advertisement for one religion over the other; it's not. All religions or convictions can offer a person a way to express their beliefs in a healthy way; even a belief in atheism. If you're looking for a way to incorporate a more spiritual aspect into your life, perhaps the best thing to do is to talk to different people of different paths. If you're already religious, find where some people of your faith worship; chances are they'll welcome your attendance.

A Complete Package

The bottom line is that getting and maintaining a healthy life consists of three basic aspects; a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy soul. It is a balancing trick between the three where each one must be given adequate and consistent attention. It definitely takes work, but by trying to make small changes over time, a person can often make permanent transforming changes in habit to help get a healthier lifestyle.

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