Collaborative post to help you with your lifestyle changes.

People use the phrase “lifestyle change” so loosely these days without knowing what a lifestyle change really is. For one, making a lifestyle change is something that you want to do permanently. It’s not some trend that you do for a few weeks and then moves on to something else. People typically make lifestyle changes because there is an area of their life that isn’t satisfactory to their health in some form or fashion. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, book your appointment today.

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Why you need a good lifestyle

Lifestyle changes can be made for your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It’s essentially a change you want to make within yourself to improve your life. It’s all about choice, really. You can’t change your genetics but you can make smart and intentional choices when it comes to food, hobbies, and how you live your life. 

There are some lifestyle choices you can make that positively impact your life and then there are lifestyle choices that can negatively impact your life. People don’t typically decide to make lifestyle changes until something happens that majorly impacts their life, like losing a loved one to alcoholism or having a heart attack from being overweight. Instead of waiting for something bad to happen to you, why not prevent it from happening in the first place by making positive lifestyle changes now?

The thing that people fail to realize about lifestyle changes is that they’re not all or nothing… they’re what you make them out to be. If you enjoy drinking sodas but want to kick the habit, you have to be realistic with your approach. Instead of trying to stop drinking sodas altogether, make a lifestyle change of only drinking two sodas per week instead of the three sodas you drink every day… it’s all about setting realistic goals and sticking to them. If you want to make some positive lifestyle changes but aren’t sure where to start, take a look at these positive changes you can make in your life.

Lifestyle Change 1: Make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night

There are so many people walking around “running on fumes” so to speak that they don’t even realize how tired they really are. It’s recommended that you get seven to eight hours of sleep but most people only get five to six hours on average. 

Sleep is probably one of the most overlooked contributing factors for good overall health. Have you ever tried to lose weight and just hit a plateau and couldn’t figure out why? If you have, it’s probably because you weren’t getting enough sleep. Sleep is also crucial to your life expectancy… another factoid that lots of people didn’t know. 

The Journal of the American Heart Association states that there is a direct correlation between sleep and mortality. Too much or too little can increase your risk of death to cardiovascular problems. A good lifestyle change would be getting in bed before a certain time. As you get better, decrease that time until you’re right at seven to eight hours of rest.

Lifestyle Change 2: Incorporate exercise into your weekly schedule

People tend to find out you don’t have to join a gym to incorporate exercise in your life. We’ve all been guilty of this though. We’ll gluttonously eat over the holidays and join a gym on January 1st. Well, joining a gym will start out good but then life will happen.

From icy roads to simply not feeling like going is what leads you on that downward spiral to falling off track. The reality of incorporating exercise in your life is that you don’t have to join a gym at all. You can work out at home without equipment. Working out at home allows you to be in the comfort of your home. If you have children, you’re able to work out and keep an eye on them. This works out great if you have small children too. So get it out of your head that you have to be in the gym to get more active.

What about workouts in the water? What about skipping or walking more?

Lifestyle Change 3: Pay more attention to your oral health

Oral care is something that tends to be overlooked the most for some reason. People are either afraid of the dentist and won’t go or they feel like they don’t need to go if they’re not having any pain. Well, the reality is, you need to see your dentist every six months, pain or no pain.

Bacteria live in our mouths and yeas you brush and floss to maintain good oral health but your dentist is able to see things that you can’t… plus good oral care is directly related to good overall health, and not too many people are aware of that. There have been cases where plaque and bacteria build-up in the mouth have been linked to cardiovascular issues, so taking care of your mouth isn’t just for fresh breath… it can actually save your life.

If you haven’t been to the dentist because you’re afraid, fear no more because patients can now opt for sedation dentistry to calm their anxieties about the dentist.

Lifestyle Change 4: Make better food choices

This is probably the hardest change to make because the temptation of easy and convenient food is all around us but it’s not something that has to defeat you before you can even start your change.

Again, remember that this change is not something you’re going to be perfect at and that you have to be realistic about it. Make small changes and once you’ve mastered those changes, add to it.

It might be only eating fast food twice a week instead of every day for lunch. Go grocery shopping and make your lunch and see how much more you enjoy your lunch breaks being that you don’t have to wait in line for your food! Baby steps!

Kicking It Into Gear: Lifestyle Changes That Positively Impact Your Life

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