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When it comes to an active and healthy lifestyle, we all know “what we should be doing” and what not. In practice, though, our fast-paced lives don’t allow for enough time to make healthy meals and work out intensively for a full 60 minutes, let alone meditate to soothe our minds and help eliminate stress.
Luckily, though, we can make small changes to our daily routines in order to achieve long-term results that will be reflected mostly in better health and improved well-being.
These are the two cornerstones to building the perfect lifestyle.
For the modern human, with our ultra-busy lifestyles, time is the biggest commodity there is.
As a rule there is never enough of it, and that’s what makes us turn to quick, processed, unhealthy foods. Studies show that simply limiting red meat and increasing the amount of nuts we eat can reduce the risks of early death by as much as 19% (2012, Archives of Internal Medicine).
OPTION 1: Every evening after work take a half an hour to make a healthy meal to take with you for lunch the next day.
This could be a healthy risotto from brown rice and vegetables with a couple chunks of tofu, ensuring that you get your daily dose of protein. Avocado toast is also always a quick, healthy, and delicious idea.
OPTION 2: Take a hand mixer and a bowl with you to work so you can make an MGC Nutraceuticals protein shake, adding fruit as you like to enjoy the ultimate quick meal.
Choose between coconut,toffee
, and the less exotic vanilla.
Our lives have become mostly sedentary, and we are bombarded from all angles with information about how unhealthy that is. A recent study, carried out in 2015 by the American Cancer Society, even showed that women who sit up to 6 hours a day are at a 10% greater risk of cancer than women who sat fewer than 3 hours a day.
Sadly most of us need to earn money, so quitting our jobs (even if we sit there all day) usually isn’t an option.
The solution to this, unlike popular belief, is not to be found in an hour of running or gym work (although both of course are recommended), but in increasing the amount of moving we do throughout the day.
Walk to work instead of driving, use the stairs instead of the elevator, and instead of grabbing a coffee with a friend, go for a walk instead – or a hike on the weekends! Set a timer or alarm at work to remind you at least once an hour to get up and stretch, do a few pushups, walk up and down the stairs – anything just to move a bit.
A pessimistic outlook makes people cynical, puts them in a bad mood, and gives them the feeling that things just happen to them (instead of actively contributing to them). The pessimist experiences the world as a place where only unfair things happen and happiness is not something for everyone but merely for a chosen few.
On the other hand the optimist sees the world as something beautiful, something to which the optimist can make a contribution. Optimists understand their own responsibilities for the consequences they see in the world, knowing that the appearance is just a factor of projected perceptions. Optimists enjoy their own existence and even in difficulties they see opportunities for personal growth and progress.
It is interesting that the physical part of the world is always the same. We only perceive it differently because of all the different perspectives. This is a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy, since we really do experience the world exactly as we imagine it. If it is our perception that the world is unfair, then we will find proof of this all around us. People will take advantage of us and things will never work out the way that they should. If, on the other hand, we perceive the world as a beautiful land of fairy tales, then we will find signs backing that up instead. We will receive chance after chance for personal and professional growth, we will receive respect from those around us, and our friends will never be better.
The difference is simply in whether we believe it to be true or not. Why, then, wouldn’t we do something to change our negative assumptions? Why wouldn’t we start believing in something that will actually serve us on our path? It really is that simple.
Before signing off, let’s take a look at ourselves.
A person who loves themselves will believe that they deserve love. Such a person shows themselves love in a multitude of ways: by eating healthy, by making sure to move enough, by fostering a positive outlook, and by working for their own benefit.
If a person does not love themselves, they will probably sabotage themselves as much as possible, because they will have a deep-rooted belief that they are a bad person, undeserving of love. Probably that person knows the value of healthy food, but nonetheless prefers grabbing something quick and drinking too much alcohol. These type of people fall back on the “you only live once” mindset, understanding this as an excuse for unhealthy habits.
Probably a positive outlook will seem to such a person like some silly new-aged poppycock, since they never saw the benefit of a positive approach (which we have to believe, anything can happen in this world)
The simple belief that we deserve (and are worthy of) love is enough to sprout roots that hold throughout our future decisions.
Our perception of the world will depend on this, along with how we take care of ourselves and how we accept responsibility for the life we’ve made for ourselves. Of course our health depends on this as well, as the decisions we make inevitable end up affecting our whole body.