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Simple Steps to Healthy Living

I’m sure I’m not the only one to know how stress feels, when the pressure starts to build up and even becomes overwhelming. But, I’ve learned that when that happens, it's more vital than ever to stay in shape both physically and mentally. However, if you aren’t already maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the challenge to get “in shape” can become overwhelmingly daunting. What helps me are the small steps that can be taken every day that can help me stay well balanced through the ups and downs that life can bring.

The first step is to eat well – which doesn't necessarily mean dieting. Eating balanced meals (containing protein, carbohydrates, fruits and veggies) with reasonable portion sizes will ensures that we get the needed nutrients to maintain energy, brain power, and overall health. Getting proper nutrition also keeps me tummy feeling satisfied so that I’m less likely to overeat, which can leave me feeling tired physically and discouraged mentally.

The next essential ingredient is exercise. Sometimes it’s a challenge (even for me) to add exercise to the daily routine, but remember its many benefits – it's good for your heart, helps you maintain a healthy weight . . . and just makes you feel good!  So, to make things easier, I find something I enjoy, like walking, and do it regularly. Small measures can also make a difference – like taking the stairs, parking a distance from where I’m going, walking rather than driving, etc. Every little bit counts!

A healthy lifestyle also involves maintaining a positive attitude. When it comes to stress, outlook is everything. Stop focusing on the negative and think about what you've got going for you! Everyone has problems, even serious ones, but focusing on what's truly important – the people you love, your health, even the simple fact that you have a bed to sleep in at night – can help you manage the challenges that come your way.

Striving to lead a healthy lifestyle every day, not just when under stress, is the key to a well lived life. The more these practices become part of your daily routine, the better you'll feel – and the healthier and happier you'll be. 

How do you practice healthy living? Any idea or tips you would recommend? If so, please feel free to leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you!

As always – enjoy your life.

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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