A close look at the health websites that can provide not only information, but inspiration and motivation.
We’re living in interesting times, these days. On the one hand, it’s never been easier to be unhealthy. Supersized portions cost just a couple of bucks while health food is much more costly, and commercials show us swirling chocolate and ice cream, pizza and pepperoni, fast food and sweet breakfast cereals on a daily basis.
On the other hand, it’s also never been easier to get ourselves into shape. We have more scientific knowledge than ever telling us which foods give us which nutrients, we know the importance of exercise for physical and mental health, and we have access to encouragement, inspiration, and tracking devices in the palms of our hands.
So, while the battle lines have certainly been drawn, we can use technology to our advantage in beating the easy, unhealthy options that lurk around every corner. And there’s no better “weapon” than health websites, which provide not only information, but inspiration and motivation.
Which Health Battle Are You Fighting?
Before deciding which health websites to use in your battle against unhealthiness, why not decide on which exact front you’ll be waging your battle? Will you tackle unhealthy eating and weight loss, exercise, or plain just not-getting-sick?
Once you decide which health battle you want to fight, you’ll be able to choose your website/weapon and get started on the endeavor of a lifetime.
Healthy Eating and Losing Weight
If you decide that the battle you want to wage is against unhealthy eating, you have your work cut out for you. Dieting and changing the way we relate to food is quite possibly the hardest things in the world to do, and all the websites, apps, diet programs, pills, etc. are testament to that.
However, you’ve also probably seen or heard of hundreds of dieting success stories, that either resulted in losing weight or just feeling healthier overall. And there’s no reason that YOU can’t be one of those success stories!
The key is not just counting calories or carbs, but living it. Living the lifestyle of someone who is determined to not just lose weight, but to feel healthy.
So what’s the first step of your plan? Deciding on a plan.
There are SO many diet plans and weight loss programs out there, how can you decide which one is right for you? Knowledge is your friend, in this situation, and it’s also power.
Arm yourself with knowledge about what dieting/healthy eating plans are out there, so that you can look at them and decide, “Hmmm, that looks like a possibility,” or “No way, I could never do that long-term.”
In terms of possibilities, Summer Tomato and Mark’s Daily Apple are 2 websites that each have a unique approach to dieting. Would either of those work for you? If one of those methods seems like it has potential, you may want to read up about the actual health/physical effects that those types of diets will have on your body. If that’s the case, you can turn to reputable medical websites like WebMD, Medical News Today, NIH, or Healthline.
Alternatively, if you’re ready to tackle healthy eating/weight loss but don’t want to do it on your own, you can join the thousands of people who have had success with Precision Nutrition, a website that offers specialized nutrition programs for men and women by certified coaches.
But whether you’re being coached or dieting on your own, you’ll want to have a slew of healthy recipes on hand. For that, you can check out Furthermore by Equinox and MindBodyGreen; they have great healthy recipes, as well as info about why you have certain cravings, superfoods to include in your diet, and more.
As you can see, there are lots of choices out there when it comes to dieting and eating healthy. Fortunately, with all your knowledge, you can feel empowered to make the right decision.
While eating well is the main component to losing weight, exercise also plays an important role in getting fit and healthy. Of course, it’s difficult. Exercising regularly means setting aside at least 20 minutes 3-5 times a week and getting your heart really pumping. However, the results can be wonderful.
Exercise not only burns calories but also creates endorphins, those “happy hormones” that flood your brain with positive thoughts and good feelings. As fitness pro and author Bill Phillips said, “Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent, yet underutilized antidepressant.”
So making the time for exercise and committing to it is worthwhile on both the physical and mental front. But how can you commit to it? The founder of Summer Tomato, Darya Rose, has some advice. She says that the key to sticking with exercise is choosing something you love.
If you’re not sure what you love, there are plenty of websites with ideas for you! Fit Bottomed Girls and Furthermore by Equinox have loads of effective exercise ideas and tips, so you don’t have to run on the boring treadmill for half an hour, but rather, you can do all sorts of fun things that you like.
Whatever You Choose, Make Sure It’s For You
Whether you want to tackle dieting, healthy eating, weight loss, or a combination of them all, the key to choosing your path toward a healthy lifestyle is to choose the method that’s best for YOU.
Because while a diet, recipe, or workout might sound good on paper, if it doesn’t suit YOU, it’s worthless. For example, that diet that doesn’t let you drink coffee sounds effective, but if you can’t live without that caffeine rush in the morning, it’s not for you! Sure, running in the park on a nice spring day sounds lovely, but if you have bad knees, this high-impact exercise is not for you.
Remember, YOU are the star of your health program, not your food and not your exercise. So when you choose which health website to go to to help you get fit, choose the site that’s right for YOU, not for other people.