postheadericon How to Get Healthier

Are you interested in getting in better shape, eating healthier or just want to improve your overall well-being? You’re not alone. The health and fitness industry is thriving and appears to be one of the few that are recession proof. Everyone wants to look and feel better and health apps and gadgets are everywhere. Even our phones now come standard with pedometers and heart monitors. If you’re interested in getting on the healthy living bandwagon, congratulations! Let’s take a look at what you need to do to get started.

The very first thing you should do is see your doctor for a complete checkup. You should never start a new exercise regime without being sure you free of any health issues that could make doing so dangerous. Once you’ve done so, start by making small changes. Switch from white bread to whole grains, get in the habit of taking the stairs at work a few times a week instead of the elevator, and if you haven’t been, start going to bed a little earlier and making sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. By making small, gradual changes you are much more likely to stick with them and not get discouraged.

Another good idea is to keep a food journal for a couple of weeks. Write down everything you eat. This will help you see patterns in your eating and where you can and should make healthy substitutions. For example, if you have a serious Diet Coke habit, start replacing a few of your daily ones with bottled water. Sodas, especially those with artificial sweeteners, are some of the worst things you can put into your body.

If you’re looking for exercise equipment and gadgets to buy, restrain yourself. All you really need are some comfortable clothes, good supportive shoes, and a pedometer. A regular walking regime is a great way to get started. Once you have established a regular routine of walking at least 3-5 miles a day, you can start adding other exercises in. A heart monitor could be a worthwhile investment once you get to this point. Check out Heart Rate Monitors for a great selection!