Living a healthy lifestyle means more than just eating well and exercising. There are several habits that are common in most healthy people too. The good part is, even if you’re not currently doing these things, they’re learned behaviors. This means the more you do them, the better you get … and the more they become engrained in you.
Here are 7 habits most healthy people share.
Healthy Habit #1: Set Goals and Hold Yourself Accountable
Healthy people are planners. They’re organized, and they set specific goals for themselves. But most importantly, they hold themselves accountable for accomplishing those goals. In my opinion, this is the most important habit of healthy people. If you want to get healthier, this is the place to start.
Healthy Habit #2: Cook Your Own Meals
Healthy people understand that cooking their own meals can save them thousands of calories a week compared to eating out at restaurants. This doesn’t mean they’re all great chefs … but they do their best to prepare healthy meals for themselves most days of the week. They know what they should eat and what they shouldn’t, and they limit their consumption of unhealthy foods.
They enjoy learning new healthy cooking techniques and finding ways to make healthy foods taste great. Start developing this healthy habit, and your waistline will thank you.
Healthy Habit #3: Ask for Help
Healthy people aren’t afraid to ask for help either. They recognize the importance of having a great support network to help them sustain healthy behaviors. Asking for help was something I struggled with for a long time. I tried to do everything myself because that was my nature. But life is so much more enjoyable when you have other people to share it with. And, learning from others gives you motivation to keep striving for greatness.
So if you have friends that have been successful with weight loss, exercise, dieting, etc. ask them to help you. People like to feel like their opinions are respected, and most will be happy to help. Watch the video below from the TED Conference, the leading Technology, Entertainment, and Design event in the whole wide world. It’ll get you thinking about this oft-overlooked habit of healthy people.
Healthy Habit #4: Manage Stress
Healthy people understand that stress is a part of life. But they don’t let stress overwhelm them because they know how to effectively handle it. Healthy people are usually busy and productive … and they like it that way. They’re “glass half full” thinkers who thrive under pressure. But they know when they need to take a break and unwind mentally. Healthy people may manage stress through exercise, reading, being outdoors, doing yoga, meditating or doing nothing at all. They live a life that’s busy yet balanced.
Healthy Habit #5: Learn From Your Mistakes
Healthy people aren’t afraid to admit when they’re wrong. They realize that they’re going to stumble sometimes, and they accept it. The difference between healthy people and unhealthy people is healthy people learn more from their mistakes. They view their missteps as opportunities to improve.
Healthy Habit #6: Be Open to Trying New Things
Healthy people are willing to get outside of their comfort zone and experiment. They’re open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. They’re willing to try a new type of workout or a new food product they might have heard about. They don’t let their current beliefs and assumptions hold them back from discovering something that can really benefit their health. Healthy people strive to learn as much as they can every day.
Healthy Habit #7: Inspire Others to Get Healthy
Healthy people are leaders. And they inspire by example … not by preaching to their friends. One of the best ways to help yourself, both physically and emotionally, is to help others. When someones asks a healthy friend for help, she/he is happy to share workout tips, healthy recipes, and anything else that can help.
So if you want to get healthier, start making these 7 habits parts of your daily routine.
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