Being healthy isn’t just about losing weight or building lean muscle. Yeah, it may include some of those things but it’s about feeling good both physically and mentally. It’s about increasing confidence and being able to enjoy life. If you’re like me, you take pride in committing to something and intentionally sticking to it every day. These are the core principles I use.
A healthy lifestyle requires discipline, commitment, perseverance, resilience, and determination. Make these seven rules a nonnegotiable habit in your everyday life to reap the physical and mental benefits and begin a healthy lifestyle.
CULTIVATE THESE HABITS TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE EVERY DAY
1. DO HARD THINGS
Human nature seeks the path of least resistance, but overcoming challenges is incredibly rewarding. Studies reveal that the mental and physical benefits post-challenge outweigh the initial difficulty—a phenomenon known as the “Paradox of Effort.” Take on challenges that push your limits; perhaps it’s signing up for that fitness class you’ve been eyeing Or signing up for that 5k your friends are running.
2. KEEP LEARNING
The pursuit of self-knowledge is vital for a fulfilling life. Make learning a daily habit to enhance brain health, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Lifelong learning ensures you stay connected with your evolving self. Strive to learn something new every day to allow neural pathways to continue forming, increase your brain health and cognitive functioning, and enhance your critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
3. DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE
A thriving lifestyle requires deciding who you want to be and aligning with your purpose. This purpose-driven approach not only extends your cognitive function but also correlates with a longer, healthier life. Research suggests that having a defined purpose can reduce premature death by 15% and lower the risk of cognitive decline and 2.4x less likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
4. BE HONEST AND REAL WITH YOURSELF
Success demands effort, sweat, and tears. If it comes too easily, aim higher. Be honest about your capabilities and be prepared to put in the work. As Stephen King put it, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.” A healthy lifestyle thrives on discipline and dedication.
5. GET UP EARLY, SEIZE THE DAY
Waking up early has numerous benefits, from improved mood to enhanced problem-solving skills. Make this simple habit a part of your daily routine and set yourself up for success.
How to wake up earlier:
Exercise during the day to balance serotonin and cortisol levels.
Keep your bedroom dark.
Maintain a cool sleeping environment (65-68°F).
Ensure 7-8 hours of sleep nightly.
6. EAT HEALTHY
Adopting a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for your overall well-being. Prioritize whole, organic foods that nourish your body. Focus on:
Eating three servings of raw vegetables and fruit daily.
Incorporating three to six servings of fiber and whole grains per day.
Consuming three weekly servings of high-quality proteins.
Adding three servings each of nuts and legumes per week
7. MOVE EVERY DAY
Exercise isn’t just about physical health; it’s a commitment to daily movement, reinforcing the principles of a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s a brisk walk or a quick workout, keeping your body active helps prevent diseases and supports your overall well-being.
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