Do Healthy Habits Really Make You Happy?

March 13, 2015

Do Healthy Habits Really Make You Happy?

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Have you ever wondered why people who appear to be healthy also seem to be very happy? What are they doing that makes them so damn happy all the time? Why does that person always have a smile on their face? They must have an easy life!

Before you start assuming things about another person, ask yourself this, “What would make me happy?” Would I be happier if I weighed less? I would really like to have more energy throughout the day. Or maybe, I just want to keep up with my children or grandchildren. Think about it. What truly makes you happy? And, how important are those things to you?

Are you making healthy choices right now?

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Let’s start by looking at the benefits of you making “healthy” choices when it comes to food. Everyone has their idea of eating “healthy,” but I'm asking you (yes you, not someone else or the latest fad diet) to make your own educated choices. Take a look at the food you eat. Write it down! Reality sets in when you start holding yourself accountable for the things you eat.

If you go through the drive-thru, for coffee or to grab a quick bite, write it down. The restaurant wants you to come back for that savory dish that filled your tummy with love. Is it love or instant gratification? Look up the nutritional information and see what it is you are putting into your body. What do you think? Is that considered a “healthy” choice? If those cinnamon buns are going to make your buns bigger and you are fine with it, then by all means, enjoy! However, if you are trying to get rid of that extra “junk in the trunk,” maybe you need to reconsider your food choice.

How you view your food choices is just as important as the food itself. In order to use that fuel (aka food) you just ate, your body needs to move in order to burn it off. Exercise increases the hormones (serotonin and norepinephrine), which are considered the “happy” hormones because they help improve your mental state-of-mind.

Can you make exercising a habit?

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When you relieve stress, the rough exercise or other activities, there is a decrease in cortisol levels, which is the hormone responsible for keeping extra fat on your body. The goal is to start moving more. Start by going on a walk every day and gradually increase your activity when the walk becomes too easy. What activities do you enjoy doing? Want to go dancing? Sign up for dance lessons. Want to build up your strength and stamina? Talk to a personal trainer.

The point is, something good happens to the body when you decide to take care of it. Let’s go back to what makes you happy. Will a change in your diet and exercise help you to live a “happier” life? If the answer is yes, then get up and go do something about it. Try a “healthier” version of your favorite meal. Go for a brisk walk in the morning. Remember, the choice to be happy is yours.




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