Even in as short as 14 days, anyone can take the necessary steps to become healthy. Although maintaining top health and staying disease-free is a lifelong goal, the 2 weeks is enough to start developing the right habits.
The need to shift to a healthy lifestyle is especially apparent in Australia, with 63% of adults, 37% of young people (aged 15 to 24) and 26% of children (aged 5 to 14) classified as either overweight or obese. This can be directly attributed to unhealthy eating habits and an inactive lifestyle.
If you do not want to be part of this statistic, then here are some steps you can take to become healthier in just 14 days. Even a half an hour daily exercise can make a difference in your long-term health.
1. Get In Shape
Calorie intake has increased in the past years but most people are not burning most of these calories. An inactive lifestyle, thanks to cars and computers, can be blamed for the fat deposits the overweight or obese have accumulated. This means that the first step to becoming healthier is to move and burn these calories and fats.
Steps can vary from something simple like leaving the car at home to bike or walk around to signing up for a gym and having a regular workout schedule. There are lots of various exercise regimens out there if you are not the type to go on the various gym equipment. In short, there is no excuse for not getting enough exercise. You can also try working out at home with minimal equipment, jog in your neighbourhood, or just head over to a swimming pool for a full-body workout. To remain motivated, you can enlist the help of a workout buddy or a trainer.
2. Change Your Diet
93% of adults and 97% of children in Australia do not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables daily. In exchange, they eat a lot of fatty, sugary or salty foods that contribute to weight gain. This is why changing your diet is vital to becoming healthier. This means eating lots of fruits and vegetables daily and reducing highly processed food and refined sugars from your diet. Another great step is to also replace your snacks with cut-up vegetables or fruits, or something healthier than sweets and cakes.
3. Aim For Great Mental And Emotional Health
Being healthy means not just having a disease-free body, but also being at peace in your mind. Stress and other emotional issues can manifest in the body and lead to unhealthy eating habits like stress snacking.
The first step is to make sure you get enough rest and sleep, as the body recovers from stress and work at this time. By getting enough sleep, you will also wake up refreshed and with more energy plus you will have lower risk of depression, obesity, and heart disease. Some people prefer practicing yoga or meditation.
Building relationships and keeping the mind stimulated are also great tips to staying healthy.
For many people who are not in shape, it has taken years of bad eating habits and lack of exercise to gain all these extra pounds. They will not go away easily, but within 2 weeks of adopting healthier habits, they can already feel better and lighter. Of course, it should not stop after these 2 weeks but it is only the beginning to a better, healthier version of themselves.