We all want to be healthy, organized, confident, and happy. When we’re all of those things, life feels both more manageable and more enjoyable. Creating a healthy routine can not only fend off health concerns, but it can help us live better and more fulfilling lives.
But health isn’t always something that just ‘happens’ or that we simply ‘have.’ Most of us have to work for our wellness, curating a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and sticking to it.
Here are a few areas to focus on that should help you to achieve your goals!
Schedule Health Appointments
Stop skipping your routine health appointments!
If that message resonates, well, it was meant for you! So many of us push off our routine appointments thinking that we’re fine, we’ll get to them later, or we’re just too busy. While those justifications (read: excuses) may be true at times, it’s far better to schedule and commit to the appointments than to regret not going later.
Especially when it comes to your health.
There are various healthcare professionals you should visit throughout the course of the year to keep an eye on your general wellbeing. Make sure to visit your dentist once every six months for a check up. Your dentist can help you with anything from braces and straightening to cosmetic procedures, like teeth whitening.
You’ll also want to book an optometry appointment at least every year (especially for children!) or every two years for adults. Keeping *eyes* on your eye health is important and can preventively look for things like glaucoma or early blindness.
Other appointments are your mammogram or OBGYN check-ups for women, cervical screening or prostate exams, etc. depending on your sex and age.
You need to provide your body with the right fuel to help it work to the best of its ability. Eating well really means combines multiple different approaches to your diet, including varied food groups, snacks rather than giant meals, not eliminating/restricting or starving yourself, and focusing on what makes your body feel good.
A good place to start is by considering your recommended calorie consumption. This is how many calories you should generally eat each day depending on your age, sex and activity levels. The guide below should give you some insight (but keep in mind it’s not an end-all-be-all list):
- Children aged 2 to 8 – 1000 to 1400 calories
- Girls aged 9 to 13 – 1400 to 1600 calories
- Boys aged 9 to 13 – 1600 to 2000 calories
- Active women aged 14 to 30 – 2400 calories
- Sedentary women aged 14 to 30 – 1800 to 2000 calories
- Active men aged 14 to 30 – 2800 to 3200 calories
- Sedentary men aged 14 to 30 – 2000 to 2600 calories
- Active adults over 30 – 2000 to 3000 calories
- Sedentary adults over 30 – 1600 to 2400 calories
You should make sure your meals are balanced, too. Don’t cut out specific food groups unless recommended by a medical professional or if you have allergies. Each food group plays an important role in providing your body with what it needs. For example, carbs give us energy (even though they sometimes get a bad rap by contemporary diets).
Rather than following the trends or fads, eat what you need in moderation and get plenty of greens and fruits.
We should all exercise in some form or capacity. It’s recommended that the average adult gets 150 minutes (about two hours) of moderate aerobic exercise a week. Alternatively, if you prefer vigorous exercise, this amount of time drops to 75 minutes (a little over an hour) per week.
When it comes to finding the right exercise routines, choose a form of exercise you actually enjoy! This will make it easier to keep up the good work and hit your goals, as you’ll actually be looking forward to the exercise you’re engaging in.
These simple suggestions should get you started out on the right path when it comes to crafting a healthy lifestyle for yourself.