Whether you crave some down-time with a classic flick on a rainy afternoon or the adrenaline boost you feel after hitting the gym, you are well on your way to establishing the most important guarantee that you will make healthy habits part of your everyday life, for the rest of your life: You enjoy healthy living!
There's no greater motivator than positive reinforcement. Whether it's zipping easily into your favorite pair of jeans or just feeling like you are carrying yourself lighter - everyone needs a pay off. And by prioritizing proper diet (eat a few more fruits and vegetables), regular physical activity (take the stairs instead of the escalator) and a few time-outs for stress reduction (can you say ME time?) then you're choosing to feel great and look great. That's fabulous!
Happily, often all it takes is making a few small changes to start reaping the many important benefits of a healthy lifestyle. And the good news is that the best body and spirit boosting behaviors are based on what you should be adding to your day, not avoiding! We've all heard that we need more balance in our multi-tasking lives these days with so many demands on our time. So, take the time to take care of yourself so you have the energy and enthusiasm it takes to care for others in your life. Ah, I can see you now. After a brisk walk, you're relaxing with your favorite magazine enjoying a cold glass of PlumSmart juice as it quenches your thirst and provides some of the the fiber you need to keep your digestive system humming along.
Information provided courtesy of Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD