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March 21, 2014

Achieving Your Full Potential Through Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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Jeff Cochran

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Do you eat well every day? Do you feel sluggish in the afternoon, succumbing to the urge for caffeine or sugar to get you through the rest of the day? A healthy diet and regular exercise are just the beginnings of a successful life and career. By making healthy lifestyle choices, you enhance your mental, spiritual, and social well-being, in turn helping you reach your personal and professional best. Making the following changes today will benefit you tomorrow – and well into the future.

  • Exercise daily. You know that exercise is important, but do you feel as though you simply don’t have the time to exercise daily? If this situation describes you, it is critical to make exercise a priority. Whether it’s taking a walk, going for a run, working out at the gym, or squeezing in a quick yoga session, daily exercise is one of the most significant parts of living a healthier lifestyle. Try to work out in the morning before you start your day, because this will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
  • Eat right. It may sound simple, but eating right is another healthy lifestyle choice that often falls to the wayside as you focus on your job, personal life, and other commitments. Ensure that you eat a healthy breakfast every day – don’t assume that coffee will suffice. Also try to incorporate more raw and whole foods into your diet. Experts recommend that you eat a minimum of 50% raw food, which are high in micronutrients, fiber, and water.
  • Manage your stressors. Does your job create a huge amount of stress in your daily life? By properly managing your stressors, you can live a healthier lifestyle. Stress takes a huge toll on the body, raising your blood pressure, making it difficult to sleep, causing aches and pains, and even leading to weight gain. Get a handle on your stress by learning to prioritize life’s demands and set boundaries when necessary.
  • Create a schedule. Another way to promote a healthy lifestyle is to plan your schedule each day. By implementing a routine that includes your to-dos and goals, you can easily prioritize your responsibilities and ensure that you are also meeting your own needs throughout the day. Additionally, when you create your schedule, make it top heavy. This means accomplishing the least desirable task at the beginning of the day – not putting it off until the very end.

Looking for more ways to live a healthier life? Forbes Living TV now offers a new series on making healthy choices to live a healthy lifestyle.

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