Many tend to believe that, to be fit, you have to change who you are. You need to keep a drastic diet or start working out like you never did before. Well, this is completely false. We are creatures of habit, and to stay healthy and fit, we need to create new habits. It’s the little things that we do every day that stick with us. So, we have to slowly implement elements that lead to a healthy lifestyle.  Let’s see the most important ones.

Include physical activity in your life

healthy_fit_sportsIf you’re more of a couch potato who never finds time for sports then it will be difficult. Not impossible, but difficult. It’s better to start with a half an hour daily and move on from there. This half an hour can be spent however you like (doing sports of course). You can choose to go to the gym, walk in the park, ride a bike, or take dance lessons. Everything that gets you up and moving is useful.

Specialists say it takes 21 days to form a habit so it’s crucial to stick with your program in the first month. Once the body is used to activity at a certain hour, it will ask for it. You’ll start to miss the movement and you’ll learn to enjoy it.

Watch what you eat

This applies both literally and figuratively! Don’t eat in front of a TV or your computer. You’ll get distracted and you won’t process the information the right way. Our brain needs 20 minutes to process hunger and if you finish your meal in 10, you’ll have 10 extra minutes to over eat.

Also, try to eat as many unprocessed foods as possible. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, natural oils and seeds are the best choice.

Get outside

Studies have shown that we actually love to be outside. Stress levels are reduced, we get more relaxed, and we enjoy being in nature. Yet, we have a nasty habit of staying inside and living our lives between several walls.

It’s time to take a walk in the park, go for a hike, or simply sit by the lake and admire Mother Nature. We live in a fantastic world and we choose to ignore it. And this in spite of the fact that bonding with plants and trees relaxes us and helps us create.

If you want a happy, healthy life you also need love, music, and a hobby that gets you out of work. We were not designed to work all day long and this is showing in our current state of health. In a nutshell, we need the simple things in life to stay healthy and fit.

How to stay healthy and fit