What It Really Means to Live a “Healthy Lifestyle”

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When you think of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle, you might think of hour-long workouts every day and never eating what people consider “bad” food. It might feel like in order to live a healthy lifestyle, you need to reimagine what your entire life looks like, but it’s not the truth! Living a ‘healthy lifestyle’ can seem really daunting if you’re just starting out, but it doesn’t have to be. 

So what does it actually mean to live a healthy lifestyle? It means making choices that are good for you. This doesn’t have to mean that every single choice is the “best” choice, it just means you are making the effort to take care of yourself. 

For example, instead of forcing yourself to do an hour-long intense workout everyday in the name of ‘being healthy’, reframe your thinking to simply finding ways to “move your body” each day. This can be going for a walk, hiking with friends, stretching in the morning, or doing a full-on HIIT workout! Whatever feels right and fits into your schedule.

In terms of eating, a ‘healthy lifestyle’ could simply mean trying to incorporate one extra vegetable to each meal. Or maybe you try to focus more on protein intake to curb hunger cravings. 

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean restricting yourself or forcing yourself to change everything in your life. All you need to do is make choices that leave you feeling good in the long term.