Being healthy is something worth striving for, but what does it actually mean?
First of all, being healthy is NOT a one-size-fits-all prescription. Throughout different stages of your life, the healthy habits that work best for you will change as your lifestyle changes — and this is perfectly normal!
Health should be approached in a holistic way that takes into account your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Finding balance in these areas is one way to feel healthy, and become empowered to live your life to the fullest.
What does being healthy mean?
Being healthy looks different for different people. When you are healthy, you will feel well: physically, mentally and socially. Being healthy means feeling your best, it’s not about how you look!
Following a strict diet or exercise regimen won’t make you healthy — to be healthy you must care for your body and mind, as a whole. The steps that you take to care for your health will change throughout the different stages of your life — but there are some fundamental areas of your health that you can prioritize to ensure that you feel your best.
Here are some ways that you can take personal accountability for your own health and wellness:
Caring for your body through good nutrition: Good nutrition can have a lasting impact on our health and wellness, from preventing lifestyle diseases to reducing inflammation and supporting muscle growth and repair during your fitness journey.
If you're not sure about what healthy eating means for you, take the time to educate yourself on the variety of foods that you should eat to meet your macronutrient and micronutrient targets each day, to ensure you have enough energy for your day-to-day tasks and your training. As your lifestyle and training goals change over time, you’ll need to adjust your portions to ensure that your body has the right fuel to meet your health goals.
Eating healthy food is something that should fit into your lifestyle. Once you understand the principles of healthy eating, you can take a mindful approach to your nutrition that helps you to maintain a healthy daily food intake, while staying healthy socially, physically and mentally.
Make time for regular exercise: There are so many benefits to exercising regularly — exercise can help you to beat the effects of stress, improve sleep and boost your mood. Exercise doesn’t always have to mean going to the gym or doing the same thing.
Trying different forms of exercise that suit your lifestyle will help you to stay motivated to keep moving your body. Incidental exercise, like taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking an extra stop to catch the bus, can help you to meet your movement goals even when you don’t have workouts scheduled in.
Sometimes a high-intensity workout will be exactly what you need to get a boost of energy, but if you’ve been under a lot of stress, low-impact cardio may be the most beneficial style of exercise. Always listen to your body and adjust your training according to how you feel.
When you have a specific fitness goal, following a structured personal training program can help you to achieve that goal sooner.