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5 Keys to an Active Lifestyle

Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 1:00 pm under Play Hard.

I’m sure you’ve seen those wonderfully fit people who always seem to have boundless energy, a smile on their face, and a bounce in their step. Have you wondered how it is that they got there? You are probably thinking either they have always been that way, or they had to work really, really hard to get there.

While achieving a healthy, active lifestyle isn’t without effort, it can be acquired easily by applying some simple disciplines.

1. Nutrition – your quickest and easiest route to more energy is to change your nutrition to include whole foods. Whole foods are foods that are as close to a natural state as possible – minimal processing, very little refinement, and low ingredients. Think apple instead of apple muffin. Think steak instead of a fast food burger. As you begin to feed your body with quality nutrients, you will notice that your body will feel better. You will have energy again!

2. Balance – as you see your energy return, you will want to use it. This is a good thing! The key is finding the right balance with the energy you take in and the energy you put out. If weight loss is a goal, then finding that balance is crucial. Don’t fall for the temptation to drastically under-eat and over-exercise, though! Find a more moderate balance – you will be happier and healthier for it.

3. Sustainability – you want to find a nutrition plan, activities, and lifestyle that you can see yourself doing for a very long time. Don’t try to make extreme changes all at once. Make small changes that you can live with, and then slowly build on those changes.

4. Short Term and Long Term Goals – picking goals can help you establish your active lifestyle as a habit. Start off with a simple short term goal like exercising for 10 minutes a day, three days a week. Then choose a long term goal that is built on those short term goals. So, if a short term goal is to walk around your block three times a week, set up a long term goal of walking in a 5K for a local charity. You may just find yourself hooked on the whole experience!

5. Convenience – when it comes to creating your active lifestyle, studies show that you will stick with a plan that is convenient – easy to access. If a gym membership does not sound attractive to you, then you probably won’t stick with the plan. If you have basic equipment at home, or just learn to do body weight exercises, you are more likely to stay with your goals.

What can you change today to help you start an active lifestyle?