Jesse James JamnikYou must have heard it a million times – being healthy isn’t temporary, it’s a lifestyle. And to tell you the truth, it is. Being healthy doesn’t mean restricting yourself from carbs for a month even if you do lose weight. Being healthy is a way of life that comes only to those who work hard and are determined to get into shape. Here a few of my favorite tips for getting healthy so you can live a higher quality way of life:

First, know your portions. Portion control is key for maintaining a healthy weight – or for losing weight. This does not mean you need to read every single label on what you’re eating, but you should have a general idea of how many calories are in the foods you eat. It’s all simple math here – less calories = less fat. If you’re unsure of what you’re eating, my advice would be to not eat it. There are tons of processed ingredients and foods that can be detrimental to your health, so always err on the side of caution and stick to healthy food distributed in appropriate portions.

Jesse James JamnikNext, stay hydrated. And yes, unfortunately this means that you should limit the amount of alcohol you consume on a weekly basis, because alcohol is extremely dehydrating. You should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. My advice would be to drink even more than that. If you work in an office, invest in a canteen water-bottle that you can refill throughout the day. You may have to get up and use the bathroom more often, but you will notice a great improvement in the way you feel if you stay hydrated throughout the day. When it comes to alcohol consumption – minimize it. The less, the better.

Third, focus on getting an adequate amount of sleep each night. And this means sleeping through the night for at least 8 hours. As we get older, we tend to sleep less and in turn find ourselves sluggish and overwhelmed throughout the day, unmotivated to workout. The trick to sleeping is to get no less than 8 hours, and no more than 10. Of course, if you’re sick you may need to sleep more and if you need to catch a $1200 flight at 5 in the morning that you booked, you should probably be at the airport on time. But, on a normal-day basis, setting a regular bedtime will help you get into a better sleep routine and in turn catch more z’s.

Last, make time to workout. This might be the hardest thing to do for somebody who does not have an everyday exercise routine, but it is one of the most important ingredients when it comes to getting healthy. Stop making excuses. Just stop. Get out of bed and do it. It will get easier, and you will see huge changes physically and mentally. Try to get at least 30 minutes of cardio in 5 days a week, along with either weight training or some sort of interval training to help push your body into shape. My biggest piece of advice when it comes to working out? Never skip a Monday. Always have an exercise schedule. You can do it!

Again, being healthy is a way of life and takes a certain amount of willpower to succeed. Please keep following my blog for more updates on how to be healthy!