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June 13, 2019 3 min read

Our standard American diet has been commonly abbreviated as S.A.D. Isn't that worrying in itself?

Since 1970, the number of fast food joints in this country has more than doubled. Most of the population's diet consists of solid fats and added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat. A sedentary lifestyle added with a diet consisting of little to no whole foods can result in a variety of chronic illnesses and obesity.

It's never too late to start incorporating healthy habits into your life. If you find yourself longing to live a healthier and happier life, here are five tips that you can implement.

Meatless Mondays

There's a saying in the fitness world stating that you can't out train a bad diet. Diet and exercise go hand in hand, and you can't do one while you neglect the other and still expect amazing results. It can be challenging to completely change your diet but realize that those tough decisions will add up over time, and you'll start to look and feel better once you start being consistent.

You can absolutely take baby steps to ease your way into this new lifestyle and start by eating more whole foods.

A whole foods diet consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains. Going meatless once a week can help teach you all the colorful and healthy dishes out there. It allows you to get more creative with your meals, branch out, and discover healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for you and your entire family.

Find ways to get squeeze in more cardiorespiratory activity

This can be as easy as going for a walk once a day. Cardiorespiratory exercise is especially crucial if you work a desk job and are sitting down the entire day.

Use the treadmill or elliptical to get at least thirty minutes a day. But, if this sounds boring, try doing something you enjoy while getting your cardio in for the day. You'll be surprised how fast the time flies. Bring a book, stream Netflix, or listen to your favorite album.

By doing something you enjoy while you exercise, you'll start to see this as an enjoyable part of your day.

It only takes thirty minutes a day and is well worth it, to ward off chronic illness and obesity.

Find healthier snacking alternatives

Chips, cookies, and crackers are not what you want to be snacking on in between meals. Instead, try fresh berries. They are low in calories and filled with antioxidants.

Meal plan

You've no doubt heard of meal prepping. It works great for some people!

But others don't relish the thought out of eating all three meals out of a Tupperware container. That's completely fine. Meal planning is slightly different. It does require some thought ahead of time. Write down your meals ahead before the week starts, making sure to include healthy grains and vegetables. Order your groceries online to help with any spur of the moment cravings.

At home, chop, bake or broil in big batches to save yourself some time throughout the week. Meal planning will help you stick to a meal plan, save time, and eliminate the desire to reach for the convenient yet unhealthy junk.

Strength train at home with equipment from our Anchorage sports store

Write up your own at home fitness routine if the gym's not your thing. You can purchase necessities at the Anchorage sports store. A pair of dumbells, some resistance bands, and a yoga mat are fine for the beginner. Our Anchorage sports store is your one-stop shop for your fitness needs.

Your path to fit

Your path to fit, won't be a straight line. Whether your goal is weight loss or to learn how to make healthier decisions beneficial to your body and mind, it's all possible with the right mindset. Our Anchorage sports store can help get you the equipment you need to start on the right track.

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