Healthy Makeover Tips
Angela Braden has researched and reported on wellness and lifestyle for a decade. She has been published hundreds of times in national and international magazines. Angela serves as a speaker for Alive! Expo (health convention) and as the Editor and Founder of www.angelicindulgence.com web magazine, where you’ll find more indulgent health tips and articles updated monthly.
Quick tips for a couple of common healthy-lifestyle obstacles
Get ready for a life of intelligent decadence! As a health journalist and editor, I’m devoted to demonstrating how to squeeze the most pleasure out of life in healthy ways. This monthly guide to health and well-being through indulgence proves that a healthy life is doable, meaningful, and sweeter than ever thought possible.* The great news is that there are many things we can do to create this lifestyle. In the classic nature versus nurture debate, scientists are discovering more and more ways that nurture (that is, life choices) has a tremendous impact on our health. So, believe it – no matter what your genetics, your everyday lifestyle practices do make a huge difference in how you feel and how long you will live. In fact, anti-aging experts, like (Stephen Cherniske), state that lifestyle accounts for 80 percent! That is empowering! So, let’s get started on what could be the most rewarding makeover yet.
1. The work-a-holic who “has no time to exercise”:
Exercise increases hormones that keep us young, releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain, can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and prevent diabetes and heart disease. It’s a daily lifestyle must. But, it doesn’t have to necessarily mean slaving away at the gym. Think in terms of activities. By taking the emphasis off “exercise”, as in something you have to do, and placing it firmly on a fun activity that you love to do, this vital health element suddenly becomes desirable. And what makes a work-a-holic’s heart sing more sweetly than multi-tasking?
Multi-task and make it indulgent:
- Form a walking group at the office and power walk through the lunch hour while catching up with friends.
- Schedule walks or jogs in the park to connect with mentors, protégés, or to brainstorm ideas, problem solve, or strengthen a business alliance.
- As soon as you get on the phone, get on your feet. (A headset and mini notebook are essential.) Unless you have to be on your computer during the call, you can be burning calories, increasing oxygen uptake, and clearing your head as you pace or climb stairs.
- Find a community or company-organized team of the sport you did in high school or college. Then, carve out time in your schedule to indulge in it.
- High-intensity strength train. Hit the gym (or the floor at home) for an intense 15-20 minutes, working your muscles at maximum capacity. Research shows greater benefits in less time when muscles are maxed out. Plus, it’s a great stress buster.
2. The Emotional Eater:
Eating as an impulsive response to stress, anxiety or simply boredom, rather than true hunger, is one of the biggest obstacles to a healthy lifestyle. Emotional eating leads to overeating and clouded judgment about one of the best keys to a healthy lifestyle: wise food choices. But, it’s not just the presence of stressful or anxiety-riddled circumstances, but rather how we respond that matters. And, thankfully, that is something we control!
- Makeover your view of food. Food is for true (empty tummy) hunger. Then, it is a welcome opportunity to indulge your body in the magical nutrients that revive, renew, repair and nourish your cells. Be a food snob and diligently pick only the healthiest and tastiest morsels for your precious body, of course in the appropriate portions.
- Get to the source of stress and anxiety and deal with it in healthy ways, whether that’s letting go of something from the past or rising above a current negative influence.
- Fill your life with non-food indulgences. Sometimes the urge to eat comes from a feeling of emptiness, but not a physical emptiness. Feed your mind and soul with loving relationships, perhaps connecting with people, animals or nature in meaningful ways.
- Feel your way to a better lifestyle. It’s not what is happening that determines your response, but rather how you feel about it. How you feel is also a major factor that determines your physical health. Make a decision to find something to feel good about when stress hits you and your mood will shift to the positive. Positive, healthy body chemistry will follow the lead of your emotions and viola! Impulsive desires to binge diminish.
As you can see, making over how we think and feel is the foundation of the Angelic Indulgence lifestyle. Next month, I’ll share some healthy summer desserts that pack a protein punch. That means less hunger and a leaner look without sacrificing decadent taste. Until then~
*Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer