Alright y’all, let’s get down to it. If you are truly interested in ways to improve your health there are some basic things you need to do. Here are a few to consider: 

Start A Fitness Plan 

Just saying you want to get healthier is not enough.  Taking a walk a couple of days a week and maybe eat a little less is not a fitness plan. It’s a small place to start, but you won’t get far in your journey to a healthier life without an actual plan. You may be too heavy to do much exercise, but adding some sort of daily cardio to your life is a must. You don’t have to go out and run four miles, or do 45 minutes of some kind of aerobics each day. But, if you make yourself get up and walk 15 minutes 3 times a day, you’ll start to build up the ability to do more.

After a time, you’ll find getting moving isn’t as difficult as it was. But having a serious fitness plan keeps you on goal. Adding some small hand held weights will be important as you go. You burn a lot of fat and calories with weight training. This burn keeps going even after your workout. Check the internet for some practical fitness plans and get going. You’ll feel the difference in a shorter amount of time than you can imagine.

Emotional health

Self perception is a major factor in our emotional health.  Lack of confidence and self-esteem is a hard thing to live with. It may mean that you struggle to go out and meet friends. You may think you don’t fit into society’s norms, but who says what normal is anyway. If you are a tall girl and you struggle to find suitable clothing that fits properly then take a look at a nice blog with fashion tips for tall girls. This will give you plenty of ideas to find nice clothing that will hopefully settle any anxieties you have.

The same thing applies if you are carrying around extra weight. There are beautiful clothes that are fashion forward but are sized for larger women. As you get healthier, you’ll lose some weight, but you can dress to look and feel great as you go. Even women who tend to be on the super thin size and can’t seem to gain weight, there are great clothing choices for you as well. Don’t let your size dictate how you feel about yourself. You are so much more than how much you weigh. Be the kind of person that people remember for their kindness, humor, and encouraging words. 

Keep Your Brain Active 

As well as physical health, it is important to consider your mental health as well. Keeping your brain active can prevent the early onset of cognitive decline and conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. You can keep your brain active by doing daily word and number puzzles. These include crosswords and sudoku. Challenge yourself and your mind. Read books that have stories that you love. Keep your brain and mind active and challenged. 

If you’re one of the lucky ones who are enjoying retirement, now is not the time to stop activities that challenge your body and mind. Keep at it!

Eat Well 

Finally, as we touched on it slightly earlier, it is important to focus on what you are eating. Consuming foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates, while delicious, will wreak havoc on your health. Even if you slowly phase out those higher fat and calorie foods, you’ll begin to feel a difference. Find different ways to flavor your meals so that you won’t feel deprived. You’ll find that consuming foods high in vitamins, protein, and nutrients will help you feel better every day. Keep your portions small enough to feel satisfied but not overly full. 

Put less food on your plate. You’ll find that the more you put on your plate, the more you’re compelled to eat. Start small and you just might find that smaller amounts are enough to satiate your hunger.

Making healthier choices can become a habit. It will take a few weeks to get in the swing of things, but changing to a healthy lifestyle is forever.

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