5 Tips to Help Take Control of Your Health

bigstock_Healthy_Vegitables_368622Maybe your doctor has told you that it’s time to lose weight, be healthier, or be happier? Or maybe you are noticing changes in yourself like you are more and more tired during the day, your pants are fitting a little tighter than normal, or your skin is breaking out? Why aren’t you taking control of your health & your life to make the necessary changes?

Well the time to make this change is now! It’s time to take control of your health. Nobody else is going to make the change for you, so it’s time to step up! But don’t worry, change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Change is good, especially when it comes to improving your health. Here are some tips on taking control of your health:

  1. Take one baby step at a time. As nice as it would be to go into the kitchen and throw away all of the unhealthy food at once and start from scratch, there aren’t many of us that would be able to afford to do so. When phasing out unhealthy food for healthy food, take it slow. Start with the groceries that you need to buy right away like dinners and some snacks. Focus on making those healthy. As the unhealthy items in your fridge or pantry begin to disappear, replace them with healthy food.
  2. Work in exercise. Start with an exercise you enjoy, then branch out from there. Make sure you are cross-training so you avoid boredom, which can lead to not doing any workouts at all. Maybe if you are a runner and you enjoy that, another exercise to introduce could be cross-fit or swimming. Take it slow and introduce new workouts when you and your body are ready.
  3. Start cooking at home. It is no secret that eating out at both fast food and sit-down restaurants isn’t the healthiest way to eat. Make an effort to eat at home. Ask your family what types of foods they’d like while you are meal planning and introduce them slowly. This way you can control exactly what goes into your food, and avoid adding things that are in restaurant food like added sodium, preservatives, and who knows what else!
  4. Get an accountability partner. This can be anyone from a friend or family member, to even hiring a Certified Health Coach. A health coach can hold you accountable, keep you focused on your goals, while giving you lots of information and helpful tips along the way. Elite Health Coaching offers a few different programs to help you stay on track, including support after your program is over for a lesser fee to help you maintain the new healthy lifestyle.
  5. Don’t forget to practice self care. While we are busy introducing all these new things like eating healthy, exercising, and cooking, don’t forget that you need to take care of yourself too. Maybe once a week, draw a nice bath for yourself where you can read a book or listen to music.

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