The natural splendor, upbeat vibes, and thriving communities of Colorado all help to contribute to its status as the least obese state in the U.S. Their adult citizens also tend to be healthier than their counterparts in other states, a circumstance that is likely tied to the deep sense of well-being that envelops the region. Here are a few tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle in the Centennial State.
Prep the Proper Diet
When you fuel your body with healthy foods, you’re bound to have a surplus of energy, which will encourage you to get more exercise. Similarly, when you lead an active lifestyle, your body is more likely to crave the foods that it needs to keep going.
You don’t have to adhere to a strict diet; just eat sensibly. Julie Bouwen, a registered dietitian at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, has some easy-to-follow suggestions. Keep an abundance of healthy vegetables on hand and try to make sure they cover half the plate at mealtimes. Choose healthy snacks, like dried fruit and unsalted nuts. Allow yourself the occasional treat, but don’t go overboard. A realistic attitude and keen sense of balance are the keys to maintaining good nutritional habits.
Live in an Active Community
It stands to reason that citizens who live in active communities are more likely to be active themselves. As Centerra explains, “active communities are designed to support physical activity by making it easier for people to walk or bike to central areas in the community such as business offices or recreational locations.” There’s also something to be said for the group mentality. When you join a running club or arrange weekly tennis dates with a neighbor, you’ll be less likely to “blow off” the workout, as someone else is depending on you to keep the commitment.
Embrace the Locavore Lifestyle
Good Harvest explains, “A locavore is someone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius such as 50, 100, or 150 miles… Local grown food is an environmentally friendly means of obtaining food, since supermarkets that import their food use more fossil fuels and non-renewable resources.” Colorado is home to over 100 farmer’s markets statewide, so there’s really no excuse for not taking advantage of the local bounty. In addition to providing you with a weekly activity as an anchor, farmer’s markets encourage you to engage with the people responsible for growing and harvesting your food. This puts you in direct control of your own nutritional welfare, which will have positive effects on your physical and mental well-being.
Clear skies, crisp weather, stunning scenery, thriving communities — Colorado has all of these in spades. What better place could there be to begin living your best life?
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