Holding Yourself Accountable to Your Healthy Lifestyle

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As we all know, adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes running can be truly life changing. From feeling better physically and emotionally to sleeping better and just plain enjoying life more, the results of adopting healthy habits are innumerable. However, sticking to a healthy lifestyle can be challenging at times.

Whether you’re just starting out with a diet and running regimen or you’re a longtime health and exercise devotee, we can all use a little help from time to time. If you are looking for ways to help hold yourself accountable when it comes to your healthy lifestyle. Read on for some expert tips.

Fuel Your Body Properly

Without the proper fuel, it’s unlikely you’ll have the energy or desire to exercise. Runners, in particular, need food that fuels them. A diet chock full of leafy greens, whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, lean meats (particularly beef, which helps with muscle recovery and contains over 20 ounces of protein per serving), eggs, nuts and fish are your best bet. And, of course, plenty of water.
However, experts say don’t forget to make food fun and not too redundant, or you’ll risk falling off the wagon. Making healthy versions of your favorite foods like tacos or pizza can make you feel like you’re having a cheat day when you really aren’t.


Know Your “Why”

We all have different reasons for getting healthy. For some, they hope to recover from or avoid illness. Others want to stay healthy for their kids and grandkids. Others want to look better and, in turn, feel better about themselves. Many runners set distance or race goals that they’d like to meet.
It’s important to identify your motivation for doing what you do so that you don’t lose sight and give up. When you have a powerful reason for getting and staying healthy, you can more easily resist the temptation to skip a workout or indulge in sweets.

Recover Well

Equally important as a great run or workout is recovery time. When you allow your body the proper time to recover, you are actually helping yourself to improve. Experts say that when you don’t adequately rest, you run the risk of injury and exhaustion, which can wreak havoc on your healthy lifestyle.
A day of rest, a nap or even an “easy” run, along with warming up and cooling down the right way, can help to repair muscles, muscle tissue and even bones so that they are prepared for an even better performance next time. So don’t underestimate the importance of resting.

Get a Support Team

Another tip for sticking to your healthy way of life is to solicit a group of friends to help you stay accountable. By sharing your health and fitness goals with a select group of people, as well as any progress you make, you set yourself up for success (and have folks who will cheer you on). Furthermore, if these folks share your health interests, you can set up group runs or healthy dinner potlucks, making staying healthy more fun.

Invest in the Right Tech

Runners in the know realize that today’s tech can be incredibly useful. Investing in top-of-the-line technology like the iPhone SE and accompanying Apple Watch can help you stay the course.

With a plethora of health and running apps, the iPhone SE is the most powerful four-inch phone around. Plus, its sleek design makes it easy to take along on a run. Likewise, the Apple Watch is convenient and practical, with GPS performance, music capability, heart rate monitoring and app options — ideal for those who don’t like carrying a phone while they run.

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