It seems that now a days everyone is interested in a healthier lifestyle (or so they say). There is an increase in spending habits on organic food, exercise alternatives, and meal supplements to enhance ones physical appearance.
When and how did this all begin? One theory, and it could just be my personal opinion, starts and ends with celebrities. Mimicking a famous person’s life has become it’s own trend and when the ‘go-green’ lifestyle peeked it just so happens that celebrities were endorsing healthy lifestyle products left and right. Businesses snatched the most followed celebrities and gave them their product to sponsor. With the increase in use of Instagram, ads of detox tea, protein powder, pre-prepped meals, and exercise equipment are seen everywhere. The idea that the public will go out and buy a product if a celebrity endorses it became a priority strategy, especially for new businesses.
A second theory is one that I personally believe in. Some of us are genuinely sick of feeling crappy, unhappy with the way we look, and want to partake in a more feel-good lifestyle. Fast-food just isn’t cutting it anymore. Working out produces endorphins that increase a happier mood (Domonell, Daily Burn on CNN). Creating and finding new ways to eat clean and stay fit is fun, so they say. There is a feeling of self-satisfaction when you set goals and execute them. And when you implement them in your lifestyle, the results can be life changing. I find that the best theory to a healthier lifestyle is your own, customized to your type of life. Even though we follow trends and dream of a celebrity lifestyle, it isn’t our real world.
Here are some tips that have helped me create my own daily regiments in living a healthier life:
1. Detox tea is a myth and you should read the ingredients in it before taking it. The results tend to be temporary and if you’re like me I want long-term results that stick. I love plain, old tea bags in hot-water. Mint tea and green tea are great for your digestive system and can fasten your metabolism.
2. Certain protein and energy booster powders have A LOT of chemicals in them. Personally, those kind of powders have given me headaches and don’t help me when I feel super sore. I found that raw plant based proteins work best for me, taste better, and are lighter to drink. Men absorb ingredients differently than women, so do your research and don’t be lazy with what you put in your body!
3. At home workouts can be your best friend. There are many alternatives to working out, aside from going to the gym. Jeannette Jenkins, celebrity trainer, offers hundreds of workouts via her Hollywood Trainer Club online business. The workout videos are short, 30-45 minutes, and high intensity; therefore they target better different muscle groups. Also, take the initiative to do new activities that are fun such as rock climbing or cycling classes.
4. Diets don’t work, but people do. I don’t like to restrict my diet to barely eating because it doesn’t work for me. I am a foodie and have a huge sweet tooth, so it is all about balance for me. I drink lots of water and incorporate super foods in my diet that are filled with good nutrients e.g., nuts, blueberries, granola, probiotic supplements, and brown rice. Visit your local supermarket and try out some super foods in your diet.
5. Find a gym buddy! Inconsistencies in attempting to live a healthier lifestyle occur often and you may feel discouraged at times. Plan workouts with friends, family, and significant others for some boosted encouragement. I find that working out with others challenges me and it is a great way to track progress with each other if you make it a habit.
There is no right or absolutely wrong way to living a healthier lifestyle. It’s about adapting to your own way of life and finding a balance. Trial and error will help you discover great ways to stay healthy.