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Millions of Americans are making an effort to be more health-conscious these days following the news that the U.S. is in an obesity crisis, but some aren’t sure where to start. For busy families, it can be incredibly difficult to focus on eating well-balanced meals and getting in daily exercise when there seem to be so few hours in the day to get things done; for others, health and mobility issues make physical wellness seem like an impossible goal.
Fortunately, there are some simple changes you can make to your lifestyle to help fight obesity. Focusing on overall wellness–such as getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and addressing any mental health issues–can help you with physical fitness, so it’s important to look at the big picture. You can also get your family involved by setting a good example and having a conversation about the importance of eating right and staying active.
Here are a few tips on how to get started with the battle against obesity.
Create a home gym
When many people think of creating a home gym, all they can see are dollar signs. However, making a comfortable space to work out in doesn’t have to be costly; it just takes some efficient planning. Look around your home and assess each room to find out where a gym would make the most sense. You don’t have to include thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment, so the space can be whatever you want it to be. A stability ball, some resistance bands, and free weights are a great start.
Get good sleep
Your sleep cycle can have a profound effect on how you feel; not only can a lack of sleep keep you sluggish and unmotivated, the quality of your sleep can also make your day easier or more difficult. Set a bedtime routine that will help you feel relaxed and comfortable an hour or two before you lay down, and turn off all electronics at that time too. Stay away from caffeine at night, and make your bedroom a calm environment with no distractions.
Find a workout routine you love
It’s not always easy to find a workout routine that will keep you motivated, but if you incorporate a hobby or favorite activity into it, you’ll be far more likely to stick with it. Swimming, playing a sport, and getting outside to play with the kids or the dogs are all great ways to stay active that will keep you happy at the same time.
Most of us like to have a treat now and then, but it’s important to do so in moderation. Finding a diet that is well-balanced will help you stay full and satisfied and won’t tempt you to binge on sugar and carbs. Look for whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, and protein like chicken breast and fish. At work, have small resealable bags full of dried fruit, nuts, granola, or crackers at the ready to curb hunger and prevent trips to the vending machine.
Battling obesity through wellness is something that must be done according to your own specific needs, so be careful about starting a new physical regimen. Consult your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to do so, and remember that decreasing stress and anxiety is a big part of feeling good. With a well thought-out plan and some help from your friends and family, you can create a healthier lifestyle for yourself and for your loved ones.