Always, consult with your physician prior to beginning any diet or exercise program.
Adjusting your diet to make healthy eating choices is probably one of the most difficult changes. Learn to consciously notice what you are eating and make healthy choices. Keeping a food diary to record the food you are eating, the amount, the time of day and the nutritional value of the food is a very helpful way to realize exactly what you are eating. There several free apps for Android and Apple phones, such as My Fitness Pal, to help keep you on track.
Exercise & Fitness
Maintain or improve your fitness by increasing your activity level. This may be achieved by choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator or by choosing a parking spot that requires a longer walk to reach your destination. Jumping rope is an inexpensive and effective way to increase your cardio activity.
Family and Friends Support
A successful healthy lifestyle begins with continued support from family and friends. Remember, getting off track does not equate failure. Having a partner on your journey to healthy living will only improve your chances of success.
Health coaching is an approach to guiding people through behavior change utilizing goal setting, accountability and support. Health coaching can help you to achieve greater physical and mental well-being while providing you with tools to make lasting improvements.
Getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night is easier said than done. Understanding your Circadian Rhythm is vital in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Learning relaxation techniques and ways to improve your sleep schedule will help in your goal of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Community Wellness Programs:
Good Samaritan Hospital, http://www.goodsamdayton.org/gshdefault.aspx?id=9998
City of Dayton, http://www.daytonrecreationandyou.com/AllProgramGrid.cfm
Miami Valley Hospital, http://www.miamivalleyhospital.org/mvhdefault.aspx?id=10922
Kettering Health Network, http://www.ketteringhealth.org/communityoutreach/