Everyone wants to be happy in life. What leads to happiness? Happiness is a combination of many things, but for me, leading an active, healthy life influences my happiness. Having played most sports, from soccer and squash to powerlifting, CrossFit and obstacle racing, I believe an active lifestyle has definitely led to a happier life for me. My advice? I strongly advise incorporating exercise as an added benefit to help achieve a happier, healthier life.
Read these five tips to achieving a healthier, happier life through exercise:
Invest in learning about what your body needs in order to live your healthiest, happiest life. Good nutrition leads to increased energy, enhanced mood, spikes in confidence and more productivity in all the areas of your life. Get a meal plan from a dietician or personal trainer if you need assistance, or read 10 tips to healthy eating on a budget
I always advise choosing an activity or sport you enjoy doing. At the end of the day, the more fun you have, the more often you will incorporate that activity into your life, making the goal of achieving fitness and a healthy lifestyle sustainable.
They say variety is the spice of life. I have developed a true passion for a sport I never knew existed until a few years ago. Next time you get asked to attend an activity or to try a new sport, give it a try. You may find a hidden passion.
Training with a friend provides motivation and more enjoyment. It may also increase competitiveness, making you train or work harder than if you were alone. Training with a coach or a trainer has the added benefit of faster results due to their greater knowledge and experience. A trainer can also guide you to ensure you are working out correctly, to help avoid injuries.
For those of you working towards a specific goal, keep a training journal to log your workouts. Over time, you will be able to see your improvements, which is extremely motivating and it will help you to establish what worked best in order to achieve your desired goal.
I hope this helps you to achieve a happier, healthier life.
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