Build a healthy lifestyle

Making positive choices can enhance your day-to-day life and help protect your long-term health.

Build a healthy lifestyle

5 tips to help get you started

1 Eat well: Enjoying nutritious, fresh food from all the food groups gives you energy and supports your health and wellbeing. Each day, aim to eat a balanced and varied diet of vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk (or milk alternatives) and meat (or meat alternatives). And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. See Canada’s Food Guide for more information.

2 Get moving: Physical activity can keep your body strong, reduce stress and give you an energy boost. Regular exercise can also keep your weight in check and help improve your balance and flexibility. Look for simple ways to be physically active every day: go for a walk; take the stairs instead of the elevator; switch off your computer and enjoy the outside.

3 Reduce stress: OK, so you might not be able to completely banish stress, but you can help reduce its impact. Make a list of the sources of stress in your life. Are there any you can change? What solutions can you come up with? Consider talking to someone about your problems, such as a friend, work colleague or a mental health professional. Check out a workshop or meditation class. Or try a hobby or activity you love and lose yourself in it. Most of all, don’t be too hard on yourself. Aim for progress, not perfection!

4 Build your support network: One of the most important factors that will determine the journey we have is the people we choose to share it with. Each of us will confront challenges we need to manage – such as a chronic health condition – and that’s when our support networks become even more important. Surround yourself with great people who respect and support you. And don’t be afraid to ask for help – most friends would love to lend a hand but may not know how to offer.

Build your support network

5 Be uncompromising: Only you can decide what choices you make about your health. Think about one bad habit you’ve wanted to change for a while. Do your research and make a plan. Recruit friends and family on your quest. There may be a support group in your local area, or a member of your health care team who can help. You can do it!

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