Have you been spending a bit too much time on the sofa lately?  No doubt you’re fatigued, bloated and feel pretty lethargic.  A sedentary lifestyle is an invitation for a host of whole body ailments. A truly healthy lifestyle has three key components. Mindful eating, regular exercise and strong personal relationships are the foundations for a healthy lifestyle.

Take the first step and commit to any form of activity for thirty minutes on a daily basis. This can be simply taking a rigorous walk, kayaking, dancing or gardening. The point is to get moving, stretch, begin to build muscles and increase your heart rate. You’ll have an extra burst of energy for several hours after each workout. Don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you might well have trouble falling asleep.  Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and stock up on active wear from the terrific selection offered at Saks OFF 5Th now.

Be mindful of what you eat. If you experience bloating, fatigue and spikes in energy throughout the day, the simple culprit could well be consumption of fast food and sugary soda.  Shop on the outside of the grocery store and load up on fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Portions should be limited to the size of your fist.  So much of what we eat plays a huge role in how we feel. Don’t overwhelm your digestive system with highly processed foods. Experiment with cooking simple meals. One of the keys of mindful eating is advanced planning. Spend Sunday afternoon planning your meals for the week. Include healthy grab and go snacks.  Waiting until you’re hungry is typically when the worst food choices are made.

Finally, invest in your relationships with family members, friends and co-workers.  Open up emotionally and you’ll find your relationships become much more authentic and have much more depth. This is key to a strong mental health.  Good luck to you as you develop your healthy lifestyle habits.