We all want to live a long and healthy life, right?
That said, there is not much point in working toward a healthy life if you can’t enjoy it. Focusing on fitness and healthy eating is great, but balanced living means focusing on emotional health as well. To me, balanced living means taking care of all aspects of my life.
Here are my tips for creating a balanced lifestyle:
Focus on healthy eating
A huge part of having a healthy body is fueling it with the right foods. It’s so easy to find healthy recipes these days so there is no excuse not to give some a try. Plan at least 4-5 healthy meals for your week and buy the groceries you’ll need. We sometimes cook and freeze our meals ahead of time.
Focus on healthy snacking
How you snack can be just as important as how you eat. Lately, I love thinkThin®lifestyle bars. They help me push through my typical “afternoon slump.” With 20 grams of protein and 0 grams of sugar, they really boost my energy and keep me feeling full until dinner.
I really love the philosophy of their founder,“Forget the scales, measuring tapes and guilt,” Lizanne Falsetto said. “I believe in eating well, living well and feeling great. That’s why every wholesome and delicious thinkThin®recipe is full of ingredients that give your body plenty of balanced nutrition and the energy to thinkPositive.”
Check out the thinkThin® website to see all of the different tasty flavors they have and where you can buy the lifestyle bars.
Commit to yourself
We all can get caught up in our busy lives and forget to put ourselves on our own priority list. It’s important to make some time for yourself every day.
Schedule your workouts like you would any appointment
Try to find something that gets your body moving that you really enjoy. If you force yourself to exercise, you are not likely to stick with it. Sneak in some exercise during your lunch or work breaks. Create a plan for an active weekend to fit in extra calorie burning. For example, my family loves to hike! I love yoga too!
Practice stress reduction
Stress can have a negative impact on your health. It can ultimately keep you from truly enjoying your life. Schedule time each day to de-stress and relax. For me, I love to savor my morning cup of tea while looking out the window. I also love a good bubble bath in the evening. Figure out what will give you some relaxation time and be sure to do it every day.
Explore your creativity
Allowing yourself to be more creative can bring new energy to your life. Devote time each week toward a hobby you love or try something new like an art class, cooking a new recipe or learning a language.
Make time to laugh
Most importantly, at least in my book, seek out opportunities to smile and laugh. Watch a comedy, read funny books or articles. Be silly with your kids. Laughter alleviates stress, lowers blood pressure and boosts brain health.
How do you find balance in your life?