Are you ready to kick off your journey to improve your health? The thing about a health journey is that it starts with you. You are the one that ultimately decides your results. The other good news is that there are simple tricks to learn how to kick start your health journey so that it is a great result. Keep reading as our Five Journeys experts explain how to start on a health journey.
Speak with an expert
The first tip that we have is to speak with a health care expert. This will ensure that you are in proper health to start any type of exercise, health, diet plan, or anything else. They will typically check your heart rate and other general items to help you. You can also ask them questions about the plan you are thinking about starting so that you can learn more about your options and what will work well for your body.
What is in your house?
The first official tip that we want to share is going through your house. You are a lot more likely to snack on things that are unhealthy. That is why you should try and keep unhealthy items out of the house. If you load your house with healthy snacks that are still yummy, you are much more likely to head to your cupboard and great a quick and healthy snack rather than head to the nearest fast food restaurant. You can still donate the food that you already have, and then when you are at the grocery store, start loading up with healthier options.
Calorie count…to a point
Although you don’t need to calorie count every single thing, you also want to start to understand how many calories are in different types of food. For example, you may be making a healthy salad but are putting a lot of cheese in it. When you start looking at the labels you realize that there are so many more calories in cheese than you realized. The minute you start cutting back on that one ingredient because you didn’t know means that you are losing weight. The unknown can feel a bit scary a first but can end up being so helpful so that we understand exactly what is going into our body. Start by looking at the labels of everything and educating yourself about what types of ingredients are good for your body and what how many calories are too much.
Start counting your steps
Having a step counter is a great way to reach your goals. It will help you to feel accomplished and it will help you to know exactly where you are at for the day. For example, if you look at your watch or phone and notice you have not walked much, you will suddenly feel the need to walk a little more that night which will help you to be a little healthier that day. If you have a daily goal, make sure that you stick to it and this will help you to reach your overall goals.
Exercise in a fun way
There are so many different forms of exercise. If you are someone that is dreading exercise. Perhaps you know that it won’t work for your body. Perhaps you believe that you can’t get to the gym at specific hours. Perhaps you know that you won’t enjoy it. It’s time to learn a new type of exercise. You can grab a friend and go for a walk. You can commit to hiking on weekends, you can join a local recreational league. There are so many different forms of exercise besides going to the gym. If that sounds like something you are more interested in, look at your city and the things that it involves to see if you would enjoy any of those exercise types.
Eat at home more
Eating at home is a great way to save calories. Even if you are eating something healthy, you probably are eating more calories than you realize because there are more calories in the food that you are consuming than you realize. This is why it’s always a better idea to make your food at your house. The good news too is that you will end up saving money. Try and swap out some of your favorites that you would normally order at a restaurant. Even if it is nachos, there are always room to make healthier versions of your favorite foods. You will not only be saving on unknowing calories but you will be able to calorie count that much better because you will know exactly what is going into your food.
Drink more water
The final tip that we want to offer you is to drink more water. Water helps all of the inside of your body and will help to keep you fuller for longer, help you to get rid of the bloat, is cheap, and will overall help your insides to work better. Try to aim for a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day and start to see the changes almost immediately.
As you can see, there are so many different ways to jump start your health journey. The important thing to remember is that your health should be first. You always want to start on a plan that is healthy for you and is attainable in the long-term. That is why it’s good to start out small. Start out by drinking more water every day and eating in a couple times per week. This little change will make a huge difference. Once you feel as though you have mastered that, bring exercise into the mix. Bring a workout partner into the mix. Slowly, you will start building your health and be a much healthier person. We hope that this helped and you are on your way to being a much healthier you.