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Healthy Habits to Focus on Year Round

After a long winter, people want to shed extra pounds and inches. A Science Direct study pinpointed the most searched-for Google terms in April are related to weight loss.

It’s also clear that many prioritize speed. “Lose weight fast” and “How much weight can you lose in a month” rank among the five most popular search phrases in the United States, according to MindWings.

Whilst it’s not unusual to reflect on our physical well-being and set goals for summer, wellness experts warn that a fixation on weight loss is not the best approach.

Here are four ways to improve your health in Springtime — or any time of the year — without excessive restriction.

Don’t Crash Diet

“Spring is the time to prioritize our physical well-being as we look to reestablish routines and undertake new starts,” says Robert Vergin, founder of MindWings.

“As summer approaches, many people will be setting weight-loss goals that may not be realistic,” says Vergin. “While some of us will use this as a powerful motivator to adopt healthier habits, pursuing an unachievable goal can also cause low self-esteem due to negative self-talk and feelings of inadequacy.”

When monitoring food intake, opt to eat the rainbow, says nutritionist Sarah Cobacho. “Including a diverse range of colorful fruits and vegetables on your plate is a great way to improve your overall health.” She continues, “This ensures you’re getting a wide variety of nutrients. Buying seasonal produce is also a great way to enjoy fresh foods at their best and most affordable.”

Incorporate easily customizable but vegetable-heavy dishes like salads and stir-fry dishes into your repertoire. Modify your favorite comfort foods to make them healthier, like swapping chicken wings for cauliflower wings.

Mind Your Mind

Experts urge health-conscious Americans to prioritize overall health and well-being rather than just the number on the scale. Hyperfixating on weight loss goals can negatively impact mental health, causing low self-esteem and disordered eating. Vergin outlines the warning signs:

Constant comparisons: Whether in person or online, analyzing your body may give way to feelings of inadequacy.
Obsessive and excessive grooming: Note how often you check your reflection, scrutinize your body, or prioritize hair or makeup adjustments over paying attention to conversations with family or at work.
Avoidant behaviors: Those with body image issues may skip activities or get-togethers, especially those centered around food, due to fear of judgment.
Restrictive eating or extreme exercise habits: Skipping meals consistently, avoiding foods in fear of gaining weight, or excessively working out are indicators of low self-image.
Struggling to maintain interests and hobbies: If you struggle with self-worth, you may develop other disorders like depression. Signs include persistent low mood, difficulty concentrating, sleep disruption, and losing interest in your favorite activities.
If you are affected by any of these, seek help from a mental health professional, qualified nutritionist, or doctor.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration remains crucial to support overall health and well-being amid rising temperatures.

“Drinking enough water is a very simple fix to instantly improve your overall and digestive health, especially as the weather begins to warm up,” Cobacho says.

Make it a habit to carry a reusable water bottle wherever you go and sip regularly throughout the day. Avoid sugary beverages and caffeinated drinks that can dehydrate the body.

Cobacho suggests finding ways to make drinking water an enjoyable habit. “If you don’t love drinking water, try infusing it with fresh fruits, herbs, or herbal teas. Fruits and vegetables with a high water content such as cucumber, lettuce, pineapple, or watermelon are also great for a little hydration boost.”

By prioritizing hydration, you’ll feel more energized, improve cognitive function, and support healthy digestion.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Find opportunities to enjoy some sunshine and spend time outdoors. Take advantage of summer’s longer days by engaging in outdoor activities that promote physical and mental fitness. Moving your exercise regimen outdoors not only boosts mood and reduces stress but also boosts sunlight exposure, supporting vitamin D production.

Exercising with a friend or group is a great way to stay accountable and incorporate social interaction and engagement.

Whether hiking, trail cycling, or practicing yoga in the park, partaking in activities that spark joy will feel more fun and less like a chore or obligation.

This article was produced by Media Decision and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.


Liz Douglas | Wealth of Geeks

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