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Pillars of Health: a Lasting Healthy Lifestyle

Lasting changes don't happen overnight. These new habits take time to establish, time to adjust what's not working into something that does work, and guidance from within on what will work best for you.

I've found that these pillars of health are the perfect foundation for lasting change, so if you need some encouragement for those new habits, here is the foundation I build mine upon and help my clients do the same.

1. Start small to go big

When you look at a huge ladder or steep staircase, it can feel insurmountable. But if you take it one step at a time, it can feel a lot easier to manage. The same is true for building your pillars of health. Each little step you take to incorporate exercise, nutrition, stress management, sleep, and hydration will get you to where you need to be. Please don't put pressure on yourself to do it all at once. Go about it by making small changes each week and building upon that foundation. This is much more likely to last than doing it all at once.

2. Commit to physical activity more often

If you've never really found an exercise you love and stick with, take a moment to sit down and think about what activities you enjoy. Some people love going to the gym, while others prefer jogging in the park surrounded by nature. Plenty of people dance rather than lift weights, and just as many of them like swimming in the pool. Make a list of the things you enjoy doing, then devote 20 minutes per day to one of these physical activities.

3. Just say "no" to fad diets

Fad diets come and go for a reason -- they don't work. Your health will improve drastically when you focus on eating a rainbow of fresh foods, keep portions reasonable, and give your body what it needs. Focusing on whole foods will have you feeling full of energy within no time.