3 Steps to a Healthier, Happier You

What if everything you’ve ever thought about when it comes to healthy living needs to be changed, modified or looked at from a different angle?
When you hear that more than one-third, or 35% of U.S. adults are obese, it’s difficult to wonder if we need to make a change in the way we are doing things. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, to name a few. This tells us that making changes in the way we think about health is more important now than ever.
With summer among us, this is a perfect time of year to make modifications and look toward a healthier way of living. These three steps below may help to make needed healthy changes in your life.

  1. Setting healthy eating goals. Pay attention to nutritional value of foods you eat, as well as your sense of satisfaction, relaxation, tension, exhilaration and fatigue when you sit down and eat. Check in with yourself – are you hungry, full or just in the middle. This will help you determine how much you eat.
  2. Get moving – in moderation. Physical activity can be fun and rewarding. It is important to exercise; the body was made to be in motion. However, aim for pleasure, not pain. Make sure to get a healthy balance of exercise without overtraining. Fatigue, moodiness, depression and lack of energy can be symptoms of overtraining and working out too much. Make sure to get a variety of exercise and take some time off each week to let your body recover.
  3.  Head outside to get the natural Vitamin D your body needs. Our bodies need Vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Too little of it results in soft bones in children and fragile bones in adults. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, depression and weight gain. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and plays a major role in the life cycle of human cells. Make sure to get outside 10 to 15 minutes a day without sunscreen to be able to soak in the proper amount of Vitamin D. After your 10-15 minutes, apply sun screen to help reduce your risk for skin cancer.
These summer health and fitness tips shouldn’t go unnoticed. Keep these goals at the top of your mind because hands down, being healthy feels good! Find your happy place when it comes to your well-being. Tell us how you stay healthy and fit, and how you take advantage of the summer for those health related changes. Share with us on Facebook.