Start a Healthy Lifestyle

When it comes to starting a healthy lifestyle it’s not just one thing it is a combination of things we do together that will give us the best results.Let’s face facts in our world today we are moving less and eating more foods with less nutrition for the purpose of convenience.Many of us have jobs that we drive to everyday and then sit for 8 hours a day and then drive another hour home.This is why its so important now more than ever before to make sure we are doing things to support our health and physical weel being and simply creating a routine we stick with on a daily basis.

Warm Up – seven to eight minutes of light aerobic activity intended to increase blood flow and lubricate and warm-up your tendons and joints.

Resistance Training –  Train all major muscle groups. One to two sets of each exercise. Rest 45 seconds between sets.

Aerobic Exercise – Pick two favorite activities, they could be jogging, rowing, biking or cross-country skiing, whatever fits your lifestyle. Perform 12 to 15 minutes of the first activity and continue with 10 minutes of the second activity. Cool down during the last five minutes.

Stretching – Wrap up your exercise session by stretching, breathing deeply, relaxing and meditating.

When starting an exercise program, it is important to have realistic expectations. Depending on your initial fitness level, you should expect to see the following changes early on.

From one to eight weeks – Feel better and have more energy.

From two to six months – Lose size and inches while becoming leaner. Clothes begin to fit more loosely. You are gaining muscle and losing fat.

After six months – Start losing weight quite rapidly.

Once you make the commitment to exercise several times a week, don’t stop there. You should also change your diet and/or eating habits.Counting calories or calculating grams and percentages for certain nutrients is impractical. Instead, I suggest these easy-to-follow guidelines:

-Eat a few small meals and a couple of snacks throughout the day

-Make sure every meal is balanced — incorporate palm-sized proteins like lean meats, fish, egg whites and dairy products, fist-sized portions of complex carbohydrates  and fist-sized portions of vegetable and fruits

-Choose high quality fats such as avocado, chia seeds, walnuts ect.

-Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water throughout the day.

-Find  a good high quality supplement to ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.I recommend talking to your health practitioner.