Healthy changes you can make at home
Healthy living goes far beyond having a health club membership or going on a “diet”, healthy living is a lifestyle – and you sure can’t live healthy if live in an unhealthy home. Here are a few guidelines for creating a healthier environment at home.
- Create a healthy schedule. Healthy living must be purposeful. This means you cannot hope for enough time to exercise, you must make the time. The same goes for sleeping and eating which means you must design a healthy schedule and stick to it. Remember, if you fail to plan you plan to fail.
- Buy healthy food. I always say you can’t eat healthy if you don’t shop healthy. Healthy living starts with what’s in your pantry. It’s important to set guidelines on what is allowed in the kitchen. There are no excuses. It doesn’t matter if you have skinny kids or a husband with a sweet tooth. Junk food is just that – it’s junk and there is absolutely no good reason to have it around. Unfortunately, we’ve confused healthy food for diet food. Eating healthy is just part of living healthy whether you need to lose weight or not.
- Make healthy decisions. Not making a decision is simply making a decision to do nothing. You see if we are to rely on “feeling” like going for a walk or playing catch with the kids it may rarely happen. Parents, as head of the house, must manage a healthy home by planning healthy activities. A family walk, a bicycle ride, playing catch in the yard or even doing a family chore like washing the cars together requires direction. Even if it is just you and the dog, you must begin making healthier decisions.
- Have a healthy focus. If you were to learn you only had five days to live would you really be worried what clothes size you were wearing? Unfortunately we forget our health is more important than the way we look. Although our appearance often reflects our health, we can’t forget healthy living improves the quality of our life which is far more valuable than squeezing into the latest fashions. Fortunately, healthy living will show in time. Be careful not to focus SO much on looks that we neglect other areas of our well-being like mental and spiritual health, sleep, stress and nutrition.