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There are many ways to measure your current lifestyle. A short list would not be enough, so here is a continuation for you. Take this self-assessment to determine the state of your health. Go over your responses with your doctor to pinpoint areas where improvement are necessary…
1. Do you set caloric limits? Do you set caloric limitations on yourself? If you are trying to lose weight, it may be essential, particularly if you are new to weight loss. It is hard to know how much you are eating if you are not entirely familiar with your caloric requirements and the calories you consume.
Counting calories is not necessary for weight loss but it is beneficial.
2. Do you have an eating schedule? Similar to caloric limits, having an eating plan is not necessary per se. But if you need help getting on track, implementing a diet plan can be helpful.
Barring a few exceptions, two daily meals work for everyone. Decide on two different times to eat, and eat only then. Perhaps it will be lunch and dinner at 7, with no snacks in between. You should not need to eat anything in between.
3. What Is your attitude towards exercise? Your attitude towards exercise speaks volumes. It is even more important than the exercise you do because it dictates how much effort you put in.
Do you view exercise as a way of caring for your body and well-being? Or do you see it as work with temporary benefits? The better your opinion towards physical activity, the more you will look forward to it. Exercise should not necessarily feel like work. It should feel like investing in your health, which makes any effort required more than worth it.
4. How do you eat? Do you eat quickly, or do you take your time? Do you eat your carbohydrates first, or do you focus on proteins? What do you drink with your meals? These questions shed light to how you eat, which could be harming you in ways you are not aware.
You should eat slowly. Save your carbohydrates for last because in all likelihood they are already abundant in your diet. And needless to say, water is better than soda. But do not hesitate to make your juices.
5. What is your motivation to change? Lastly, ask yourself about your motivation. While not directly a measure of your lifestyle, it influences your behavior in more ways than you know. If your motivation to change is fueled by a drive to avoid complications brought on by chronic diseases, you are more likely to succeed than if you would simply like to lose a few pounds. A Type 2 diabetes diagnosis can often be a wake-up call to action. But motivation can also be short -lived.
If you are to succeed with your goals ensure your motivation is not temporary. Remind yourself of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and what you have to gain by making changes.
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Regardless of where your health stands, it is beneficial to measure your current lifestyle. It will reveal areas of concern that can be worked on to elevate your health. It will also make it easier for your doctor to give you actionable advice.
Take a self-assessment test! Answer the following questions in detail and provide this information to a trusted professional. Work out the kinks in your health, and commit to attaining a higher quality of life…
1. Are you a couch potato? First things first: exercise. Do you do it, or do you avoid it more than you would like to admit? Exercising is essential for a variety of reasons. You are always better off exercising than not, and it is rare you will regret making an effort. It does wonders for every facet of health and well-being. Whereas being a couch potato leaves you vulnerable to a host of complications.
2. Do you park close to stores to avoid walking? This question reveals your mindset towards physical activity. Maybe it is a matter of habit but consistently choosing to park close to a store entrance shows a tendency to avoid exercise.
You cannot avoid physical activity if you are to be healthy.
3. How do you spend your time at home? There s nothing wrong with leisure time during your downtime. But for work-life balance to exist, it requires your health is looked after. The two best ways to take care of your health is to eat well and be active.
Always allocate some of your time at home to healthy eating and regular activity: this means you should exercise throughout the week and make an effort to cook your meals. You do not have to do these every day, but they should become regular habits.
4. How often and when do you eat out? Is eating out a special occasion for you, or has it become something you have learned to expect? Everything in moderation. There is no harm in eating out a couple of times a month. Any more than this, and you ought to be mindful of the choices you are making at the restaurant.
(Say yes to traditional salads, and no to fish and chips).
5. How much sleep do you get? If you are sleep deprived, it is going to create a slew of problems you may not immediately recognize. It is going to throw off your moods, appetite, and energy levels, making it harder to stay on the right track.
6. How much alcohol do you consume? Be careful with alcohol. That is all that needs to be said. If anyone in their 20’s cannot afford the internal damage it inflicts, it is even more relevant for you to keep your`intake at a minimum.
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