There is not a day that goes by that we don’t hear about healthy lifestyles, how we should have one, and how obesity is becoming a big problem. Of course, all of it is true, but I think the headlines can really scare people into thinking that a healthier lifestyle is drastic, when sometimes just making some small changes can have a really big impact on your health, how you look, and how you feel. I thought I would share with you the common misconceptions of a healthier lifestyle, and hopefully, this will perhaps encourage you a little more to take it on.
Attending the gym every day is a must
When you think about a healthy lifestyle, you automatically assume that it involves you attending a gym every day and really working hard. While this, of course, is going to be good for you it isn’t something that should be forced. Getting healthier doesn’t mean gym attendance by definition, it just means that you can make a choice to be more active every day. Walking somewhere instead of driving, making time for short bursts of exercise that will fit around your day and schedule. It is easier than you would think to just be active.
Drinking your body weight in water
A healthy lifestyle can mean that you assume drinking your body weight in water is going to be the right approach. Again, nothing wrong with drinking mountains of water but essentially it isn’t the only thing you need to drink. It is more of a focus on feeling hydrated, so if you want to mix things up a little with other drinks like fruit flavored water. Keeping your body hydrated is the aim of the game, and it can really help you in other aspects of the lifestyle such as your diet and exercise. But it is in combination with, and not just about doing this one thing.
You can only eat green veggies
People can be put off from a healthier lifestyle because it might involve eating green vegetables. Some people even have a real fear of having any green on their plate, true story. But it isn’t just about the green veg. While they are super good for you, a healthier diet is about the balance. Which means a colorful diet filled with color and ensuring you are eating all the food groups. A bit of green will help, but your diet doesn’t need to be filled with it.
Getting on board with the superfood trends
Finally, we hear all about the latest superfood trends. Certain vitamins will do one thing, a particular berry will help with another, adding a powder to your smoothie in the morning, however, do they really work? Superfood trends come and go, but the basic principles remain the same. Balance is key. If you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients from your diet then you are doing great, if not, often a simple multivitamin will do the trick. Don’t fall for expensive fads if you don’t think you will benefit from them.
I hope that combating these misconceptions will help you embrace a healthier lifestyle.