If you ask the average person if they want to live a healthy lifestyle, they’d probably respond with resounding “yes!” However, when it comes to putting those words into action, a major breakdown often occurs…because, you see, many people tend to equate health with hard work or boring habits.

When you think about living and eating healthy, what kinds of things come to mind? Do you imagine hours and hours at the gym or plates full of only bland grains and raw vegetables? We’re here to tell you that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! In fact, it can be fun and exciting if you do it right!

How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle Without Dying of Boredom

vital signsWe’re a wellness company that specializes in helping businesses implement customized health and wellness programs for their employees. When it comes to motivating people, we like to start with the most important aspect of the process. In order to get results, you must first incentivize participants. In your case personally, you must incentivize yourself! We believe that one of the most important steps in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle is learning how to set goals and also appropriate rewards for yourself as you are able to reach those goals.

When it comes to eating well, we like to think of trying new, healthy foods as an exciting adventure. It takes a bit of upfront research, but for every high fat or high sugar food that you are used to consuming, there are a handful of healthier – but just as delicious – alternatives to choose from. We bet that as you begin to explore some of these options, you’ll find that you enjoy some of your new food choices. Here are a couple of examples to get you started:

  • For breakfast:

    Rather than shoveling down a bowl of frosted flakes or a pastry and a latte, try a cup of tea and a bowl of steel cut oatmeal with raisins and a little brown sugar.

  • For lunch:

    Skip that fast food burger and save calories and money by packing instead.  It only takes a few minutes to prepare a salad (include delicious toppings like almonds, sprouts, fresh vegetables or even diced fruit) or a sandwich on whole grain bread (try turkey with spinach and a light spread of low-cal thousand island dressing or tuna salad made with light mayo and diced cucumbers).

  • For dinner:

    Instead of Mac n’ Cheese, try boiling up some quinoa. Use chicken broth instead of water to add a great, hearty taste to your grain. In a frying pan, mix raw veggies with teriyaki sauce until they’re lightly cooked and full of flavor. Serve them over the quinoa for a new spin on stir-fry!

Lastly, living a healthy lifestyle means getting in some quality exercise. But don’t worry – you won’t have to spend hours at the gym or purchase expensive home equipment. In fact, there are plenty of 20-30 minute workouts that you can complete with nothing but your own body weight. If you stick to a disciplined schedule (remember, incentives are important here), you will see the results of doing these types of workouts even just 3-4 times per week.

Example workout:

  • Run 1/4 mile
  • 25 pushups
  • Run 1/4 mile
  • 25 air squats
  • Run 1/4 mile
  • 25 crunches