In order to live a healthy lifestyle, you must adhere to all of the components of healthy living, like eating foods that are extremely nutritious to your body, exercising your body on a constant basis, getting adequate rest and sleep, drinking plenty of fresh water, and so on.

Realistically, the only way to maintain that kind of lifestyle is for you to do all of the things listed above on an ongoing basis. There is no purpose in eating one healthy meal every now and then and then relying on frozen and processed foods for the rest of the time. It’s just not going to work for you. You must consume excellent cuisine on a consistent basis.

Yes, we all enjoy an ice cream cone or a slice of pizza every now and then, and that is perfectly acceptable; however, I am not advocating a permanent diet; in fact, eating healthy food is not the same as being on a diet; you are not counting calories or measuring foods out like that; rather, it is about giving your body what it requires rather than what you desire.

Follow the following motto:

“It is better to eat to live than to live to eat.”

Aside from eating, your body desires movement and exercise because it was created to be active and move on a regular basis. When you push and pull in all of your joints (including the ones in your knees, elbows, and hips), you will keep your body healthy. But not only will your body be healthy, but so will your joints and tendons. And if you continue to exercise on a consistent basis into old age, your joints and tendons will remain healthy for the rest of your life.

After all, isn’t looking beautiful in the mirror less essential than being happy? After all, what’s the point of desiring merely massive biceps and a six-pack if you’re not also trying to get toned and in shape? Isn’t it more vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise your body in the manner in which it was created to move for the rest of your life?

That is an example of a healthy way of living.

It isn’t getting in shape for the summer at this rate.

Yes, I understand that everyone wants to look good in their shorts or swimsuit during the summer months, but it is preferable to have a life goal of staying in shape and building a strong, functional, and balanced body, and then maintaining that body throughout your entire life, rather than just during the summer.

It is self-discipline that will be the most important aspect in your ability to maintain that kind of lifestyle. Possess the self-control to eat the correct meals, regulate your portion sizes, adhere to an exercise routine, and continue to do so even when you don’t feel like it.

You have the self-discipline to recognize that even when you are weary and want to indulge in some chocolate and ice cream and kick your shoes off and relax on the couch and watch TV, doing so will not help you achieve your life goal of keeping or progressing toward a fully functional and strong body.

As a result, you must push yourself to achieve your goals, one step at a time, little by little, every day. Doing so will make you feel good, and your self-esteem and self-image will improve as you realize you are one of the few people on the planet who has the self-discipline to live a healthy lifestyle.

And, of course, over time, the constant action that you take now, right now, will gradually begin to show up in your physical body as a tangible manifestation of your thoughts and feelings. That means looking toned, fit, and powerful all year long, year after year, for the rest of your life, for both men and women alike.